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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Sept. 9, 2011

Reorganized Office of Intercultural Affairs to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month schedule 

Thursday, Sept. 15

  • Food and Facts - 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the front of the Student Union
  • Latin Dance Class - 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom

 Wednesday, Sept. 21

  • "The War Next Door" - noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Living Room

Monday, Sept. 26 - Friday, Sept. 30

  • Famous Firsts by Hispanic Americans - normal business hours, Bearcat Food Court

Thursday, September 29, 2011

  • Mexican Buffett - 5 to 7 p.m., Bearcat Food Court

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

  • Zumba Fitness Class - 5:35 to 6:35 p.m., The Station Center Room

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

  • "The War Next Door" - 6 to 7:30 p.m., Student Union Living Room

All Month Long

  • Hispanic Heritage Display at the B.D. Owens Library

Northwest Missouri State University will commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 with a series of programs, themed "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories, One American Spirit."

The commemoration will include cultural programs tied to Hispanic foods and influential individuals. There will be two showings of "The War Next Door," a 60-minute documentary about drug trafficking in Mexico, with discussions taking place afterward. The program also will feature a Latin dance class and a Zumba Fitness class, which uses Latin and international music.

The month-long event is sponsored by Northwest's Office of Intercultural Affairs, which was reorganized recently to improve specialized support services for students of color and enhance intercultural development at the University. The Intercultural International Center, located in the J.W. Jones Student Union, is now a hub for volunteer services and Northwest's study abroad program as well as international affairs. 

Steve Bryant, Northwest's new director of intercultural affairs, said the office is focused on three key areas - mentoring and support, cultural awareness, and development and training.

"We want to continue to expand upon our intercultural competence as well as bring people into our area and really amp up global education at Northwest," said "The more we can engage the whole University, the better the experience will be for all of our students."

While Northwest student represent 30 different countries, intercultural affairs represents 17 multicultural student organizations that sponsoring multicultural activities throughout the academic year. The office also directs Mentors Over Retention and Education (MORE), a support program for students of color and cultural diversity scholarship recipients.

"Our multicultural organizations are strong in developing quality programming and opportunities for all students to get involved," Bryant said. "Our campus is warm and welcoming to all types of cultures, races, ethnicities and sexual orientations. Not everyone might know the history, but people are wanting to learn more." 

For more information, contact Bryant at 660.562.1517 or

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468