As I mentioned in my last post… Latino Heritage Month begins tomorrow… so the first tip in our “30 Tips On Connecting With Latino Culture” has to be done quickly…or you you may miss out. Do not forget to check back daily for new tips on how to experience Latino culture.
Today’s post is sponsored in part by Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase
TIP #1 – Discover what is happening at your local college or university.
Some of the best Latino Heritage events are being hosted at your local college or university courtesy of clubs, organizations and especially Latino Greek organizations like Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity Inc (Yes…I am a brother) and Hermandad De Sigma Iota Alpha Sorority just to name two (you can find a whole list of organizations here at the NALFO website).
The best thing about going to college cultural events is that many times they are FREE…courtesy of diverse departments withing the administration and often have really great keynote speakers.
So let me show you what I mean…
A quick Google search in Oberlin, Ohio made me aware of their calendar…
(PS…I never heard of Oberlin Ohio but now I am interested in visiting)
Oberlin College will celebrate Latino/a Heritage Month with a series of speakers, social events, screenings, and performances that celebrate Latinidad and highlight the achievements and creativity of the college’s Latino/a communities.
Kicking off in mid-September and winding down in mid-October, Latino/a Heritage Month 2010, Somos Oberlin: La Mezcla, will explore bilingualism and transcultural identities through art, activism, and academics.
Coordinated by Oberlin College Latino/a students with the support of the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Latina/o Heritage Month also affords the opportunity to facilitate discussion and increase awareness of the issues that Latinos/as negotiate as national and transnational subjects. The month also seeks to forge important connections between the college and local Latino/a communities in Lorain County.
Cosponsors include the Office of the President, La Alianza Latina, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Office of the Dean of Students, and the Hispanic studies, comparative American studies, African American studies, and environmental studies departments.
Find out more about Oberlin College’s event by visiting their website
So QUE ESPERAS? Jump on Google real quick and search some of the college events in your area today…and take the whole family with you to experience our culture this Latino Heritage Month.
Keep in mind…you may have to also search “Hispanic Heritage Month Events” just because we still have not agreed on a universal word to encompass our “Latinidad”
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Take it a step further… found something awesome in your community,?
Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below.