My favorite part about my culture and traditions is how family oriented we are. When I go back home to Cuba, my whole town treats me as though I was their family. It’s an overall different environment to be around and live in.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988.
The day of Sept. 15 is significant, because it's the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events
- Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m., Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium — The Perfect Latino is the brand-new one-man show by Javier Ávila that offers a close examination of the American Latino experience.
- Friday, Sept. 17, at 8:30 p.m., Kehr Union Building — Latino Bingo, sponsored by Program Board, Student Involvement and Multicultural Affairs
- (POSTPONED)--Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., on Zoom — “The impact of COVID-19 in the Latino Community from a medical and health service perspective," presented by Dr. Oveimar De La Cruz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.
- Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., Kehr Union Ballroom — Movie “In the Heights” with discussion to follow. Set in the Latino community of Washington Heights, the film follows a large cast of local characters, all of whom share their life stories and dreams for the future via a number musical numbers that will “get you on your feet”, as it infuses pulsating Latin rhythms with exciting dance routines.
- Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., KUB Hideaway, Room 231--Celebrate Latino Heritage Month with Dance
Come learn to dance Salsa, Merengue, and Cha-cha
Sponsored by: Cultural Affairs/Student Support Services and Bloomsburg University Dance Ensemble -- contact: Marcei Woods- email@example.com
- Wednesday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Kehr Union, Multicultural Center, Room 230 — No estoy Loco(a) (I’m not crazy): The Stigma of Mental health outreach within the Latinx community, presented by Luis Medina '10, '12 M.Ed.- Drug and Alcohol Counselor at Guadenzia Inc.
- Friday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Haas Center for the Arts — “The Brazilian All Stars," join us for a uniquely memorable and spectacular musical journey through Brazil’s most famous songs, Sambas, Bossa Novas, Ballads, Choro, Fado, virtuoso instrumental tracks, and more.
Donovin Medina is an exercise science major from Harrisburg and of Puerto Rican descent. In addition, he's the public relations representative of the Student Organization of Latinos, as well as pursuing a minor in health communication.
Nagely Anderson is a health sciences: pre-physician assistant major from Scranton and of Dominican descent. In addition, she’s the secretary of the Student Organization of Latinos and vice president of the Students Initiative to Ease Struggle.
Jaylene Fermin is a junior audiology and speech-language pathology major from Cheltenham who is of Dominican descent. In addition to serving as vice president of the Student Organization of Latinos, she is the active secretary of Curl Friends and is pursuing a minor in Spanish.
Celeste Fernanda Rivas De La Cruz is a junior marketing and professional sales major from Reading who is a native of the Dominican Republic. In addition to serving as treasurer of the Student Organization of Latinos, she is pursuing a minor in Spanish.
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