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Sept. 10, 2014
By Alexandra Mortallaro, media relations assistant
Northwest Missouri State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events and activities, including a salsa dance party, interactive discussions and an inspiring film.
The series is sponsored by Northwest’s Office of Intercultural Affairs and the Student Activities Council. All events are free and open to the public.
“It is important to celebrate the cultures of others to expand not only our minds but our comfort zones so that we can grow socially and mentally,” Coordinator of Intercultural Affairs Edward Gibson said.
Hispanic Heritage Month will kick off with a “Salsa Magic” dance clinic, where participants will learn the latest salsa moves. The event will take place at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.
The community is also invited to see a movie at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the Student Union Living Room. The movie, titled “Real Women Have Curves,” depicts a hard-working Mexican-American teenager going through the trials and tribulations of growing up and making her dreams come true.
Additionally, Northwest employees and students are invited to attend a Bring-Your-Own-Lunch discussion, hosted by the Office of Intercultural Affairs, to talk about Hispanics in higher education. The discussion will take place at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Student Engagement Center on the second floor of the Student Union.
The national recognition for Hispanic Heritage Month dates to 1968 when President Lyndon Johnson recognized the first Hispanic Heritage Week. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded the week to cover the 30-day period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with the start date marking the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. For more information about the national celebration visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.org.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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