The University of Toledo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with several events to spotlight the culture.
“The celebration of Hispanic heritage is important to our campus and everyone around us because it’s the perfect opportunity for us to share the history of our ancestors and helps create an intimate knowledge of the role that Latinos have played in U.S. history with other cultures,” Arturo Ordoñez Vazquez, graduate assistant for Latino initiatives in the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said.
“It’s beneficial for Latinos to see their own faces reflected in the history of our country because it creates a connection between current generations and the past ones, motivating our people to start thinking about how they can also contribute and make a difference themselves. Our ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”
Listed by date, the events facilitated through the UT Office of Multicultural Student Success and Latino Student Union include:
Thursday, Sept. 15 — Latino Student, Faculty and Staff Meet-and-Greet, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Auditorium.
Wednesday, Sept. 21 — South American and Hispanic Students’ Association Cultural Presentation, 6 to 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2500.
Thursday, Sept. 22 — Diamante Awards, 6 to 9 p.m., Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, 1225 Broadway St. Awards for Latino leadership and achievements in northwest Ohio will be presented at this event, which is co-sponsored by The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Lourdes University, Owens Community College and Herzing University. Tickets are $75 for the public and $25 for students in advance at diamantetoledo.org and will be $80 and $30, respectively, at the door.
Monday, Sept. 26 — Zumba classes featuring Latino culture and music, Student Recreation Center. Classes offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m.; Aqua Zumba from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.
— Latinos in Leadership Panel, 6 p.m., Student Union Room 2592.
Tuesday, Sept. 27 — Zumba Class featuring Latino culture and music, 6:15 to 7:15 p.m., Student Recreation Center.
Wednesday, Sept. 28 — South American and Hispanic Students’ Association Cultural Presentation, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Student Union Room 2500.
Friday, Sept. 30 — “14 the Movie,” 7 p.m., Student Union Room 2592. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening of the free, public documentary that explores birthrights and citizenship.
Wednesday, Oct. 5 — Speaker: Dr. Emanual Maverakis, associate professor in the Department of Dermatology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California at Davis, 6 p.m., Wolfe Hall Room 1205. This free, public event is presented by We Are STEMM.
Thursday, Oct. 6 — Vince Acevedo Comedy Show, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Student Union Auditorium. This free, public show is part of Holy Toledo Laughfest, a monthlong celebration of comedy that includes performances throughout the Glass City.
Monday, Oct. 10 — Latino Student Union’s Loteria Night, 7 to 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2592.
Tuesday, Oct. 11 — Escucha Nuestras Voces/Hear Our Voices Panel, 7 to 8:30 p.m., location to be announced. Sponsored by LGBTQ and Latino initiatives, this event will feature Latinos sharing their stories about coming out.
Thursday, Oct. 13 — Zumba classes featuring Latino culture and music, Student Recreation Center. Classes offered from 4 to 5 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m. and 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.
For more information, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/omss.