Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration planned by IPFW committee
Hispanic Heritage month is an annual celebration running from September 15th - October 15. Established in 1988 by President Reagan to celebrate people of Hispanic descent. The month has evolved to commemorate Hispanic individuals’ achievements and help provide young Hispanics with the incentive to succeed throughout their lives. A committee at Indiana University-Purdue University in Fort Wayne (IPFW) works very hard each year to plan events, educational lectures, entertainment, food, and cultural activities to celebrate.
In previous years this month has included: Bilingual Storyteller, Gregorio Pedroza; Christina Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez; Latin Food Festivals; a Noche de Gala; and educational lectures on such topics as: “What is the meaning behind the Pinata?”, “The African influence on Latino culture”, and “What is a Hispanic, what is a Latino - is there a difference?”
This year, the committee, which is compromised of IPFW staff, students, and community volunteers is preparing another great calendar of events. They will include: a kickoff celebration at IPFW; the Hispanos Unidos Fiesta Latina; several lectures about different aspects of Hispanic/Latino culture; a Tango performance; a movie night featuring “El Norte”; and many more...all are free and calendars will be available soon.
The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee encourages the community to let them know about pertinent events taking place in the Allen County area during Hispanic Heritage month.
For more information or to give information about an event, please call Chris Riley at the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Studies at IPFW at 260-481-6608 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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