The University of Toledo will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with several events that will celebrate the culture.
“This month is important because this is when most of the Hispanic countries gained independence from Spain,” said Latino Student Union President Jacob Torres. “We cannot forget that this month celebrates our independence and freedom to become individual countries that create the diversity of Latin cultures today.”
Listed by date, the events facilitated through the UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success and Latino Student Union will include:
• Monday, Sept. 16 — Latino Student Union Open House, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Room 3513. Stop by for light refreshments and to see what this organization has to offer.
• Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Naturalization Ceremony, which is part of Constitution Day, 11:30 a.m. in the Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium. At the ceremony, more than 20 people will be sworn in by federal court officials to become U.S. citizens. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Government Relations and the Program in Law and Social Thought.
— Salsa on the Steps, noon to 2 p.m., Student Union Steps. The Latino Student Union will teach the art of dance in the Hispanic culture to anyone interested.
• Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Anita Lopez, Lucas County auditor who ran for mayor, will give the Main Campus keynote address for Hispanic Heritage Month at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ingman Room. Lopez received a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a law degree from UT in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and is a former Latino Student Union president. She will talk about her personal journey.
• Thursday, Sept. 19 — Cocina Latina, 7 to 9 p.m., International House Multipurpose Room. The Latino Student Union will demonstrate how to prepare Hispanic dishes.
• Saturday, Sept. 21 — Latino Alumni Affiliate Meeting, 10 a.m., Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room.
• Wednesday, Sept. 25 — Spanish Tutorial, 5 to 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.
• Thursday, Oct. 3 — Dr. Patricia Documét, assistant professor of behavioral and community health sciences and director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Pittsburgh, will give the Health Science Campus keynote address for Hispanic Heritage Month at noon in Health Education Building Room 110. She will discuss her research that focuses on Latino health and the relevancy of social relationships.
• Saturday, Oct. 5 — Homecoming Tailgate, 1 to 3 p.m., Rocket Hall parking lot. Go Rockets! Be true, wear blue! Get ready for the big game with the Latino Student Union. Toledo will play Western Michigan at 3 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 7 — Latino Idol, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Trimble Lounge. The Latino Student Union will hold its annual competition where contestants sing in Spanish. Register to perform by signing up in Student Union Room 3513; the competition is open to all.
• Tuesday, Oct. 8 — Latino Village, 2 to 4 p.m., Student Union Trimble Lounge. Stop by as the Latino Student Union recreates a village of Latino cultures through educational stations with information and food.
• Monday, Oct. 14 — Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Room 2592. Latino Student Union President Jacob Torres will give a brief history of Latino culture in America, and then the floor will be open for music and dancing. Refreshments will be provided.
For more information on events, contact Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator in the UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org.