The University of Toledo will observe Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with several events that will spotlight the culture.
“UT celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America,” said David Young, director of the Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success. “September 15 is significant because it is 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 September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.”
Listed by date, the events facilitated through the UT Office of Excellence and Multicultural Student Success and Latino Student Union will include:
• Monday, Sept. 15 — Carnival Kickoff Celebration, noon, Student Union steps and Centennial Mall. AnaPatricia Marquez, president of the Latino Student Union, will give opening and closing remarks. (Rain location will be the Student Union Ingman Room.) There’ll be free food and games. Help break piñatas at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m., and watch a dance performance by Corazon de Mexico at 1 p.m.
— Latino Alumni Affiliate Meet and Greet, 7 to 8 p.m., Driscoll Alumni Center.
— Latino Student Union Meeting, 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2592.
• Wednesday, Sept. 24 — Spanish Tutorial, 5 to 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592.
• Thursday, Sept. 25 — Cocina Latina, 7 to 9 p.m., International House Multipurpose Room. The Latino Student Union will demonstrate how to prepare Hispanic dishes.
• Friday, Sept. 26 — Diamante Awards, 6 p.m., Premier Banquet Hall, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd. Hosted by The University of Toledo, this year’s event will celebrate 25 years of honoring Latino leadership and achievements in northwest Ohio. Juana Bordas will talk about her book, The Power of Latino Leadership. Cost: $100, $35 for students.
• Tuesday, Sept. 30 — Latino Idol, 7 to 9 p.m., Student Union Ingman Room. The Latino Student Union will hold its annual competition where contestants sing in Spanish. The event is open to all.
• Wednesday, Oct. 1 — Salsa on the Steps, noon to 4 p.m., in front of the Student Union.
• Thursday, Oct. 2 — Artist Reception, 5 to 7 p.m., Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women, Tucker Hall Room 0168. Meet local Hispanic and Latina artists who have works on display through Friday, Dec. 5, in the Eberly Center for Women.
• Monday, Oct. 20 — Latino Student Union Open House, 6 to 8 p.m., Student Union Room 2592. Stop by for light refreshments and to see what this organization has to offer.
For more information, go to utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/oemss.