The Latinx Cultural Center (LCC) has been holding several events throughout the month to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month, September 15-October 15. The 2022 theme, “Expression Beyond the Margins” aims to highlight the creative expression of the Latinx Community through art, language, politics, and more. The month began with March up Bascom, where students carried flags to the top of Bascom Hill. Other events include embroidery, a visit to the Chazen’s new exhibition, a dance class, and a keynote speaker.
These events give Latinx students from every background a way to express themselves and their heritage through unique, fun activities. While programs are intended for Latinx students, as a way of building community and fostering sense of belonging, others events are designed to educate the campus community, as a way of increasing awareness, understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures.
This year’s keynote speaker is Yesika Salgado, a Salvadoran poet whose work has been featured in national news outlets. She is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist, and author of three best-sellers: Corazón, Tesoro, and Hermosa. Salgado writes about her family, body, culture, and city. Come enjoy Salgado’s talk on October 14 at the Sett at Union South.
The celebrations will end with the Latine Ball on October 15, which will include an awards ceremony, dinner, and dancing. The ball is meant to celebrate all that Latinx Heritage Month represents and is the climax of the month’s events. The awards will recognize students, staff, and campus organizations that contribute to Latinx culture on campus. The event will be held in the Symphony Room in the Gordon Dining and Event Center.
Thank you to the LCC and the Latinx Heritage Month Planning Committee. This committee is comprised of nearly 20 student volunteers who spent nearly six months to identify the theme, create the logo, and develop and execute the programs. Thank you for your dedication and incredible work, students!