Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual observation of September 15th through October 15th, celebrates the cultures, histories, and contributions of Americans with Latino descent. St. Norbert College’s celebration is led by the the office of Multicultural Student Services, and the programming culminates with three large events throughout the month. According to Avery Garcia, Program Coordinator of Multicultural Student Services, Hispanic Heritage Month events “both celebrate Hispanic culture and raise awareness of current issues facing the Hispanic communities in the U.S.” Engaging the campus and local communities with this programming, according to Garcia, helps to do just that.
Hispanic Heritage Month events on the St. Norbert College campus kicked off on September 12th with a trip to the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay. Deemed “Una Noche en el Museo”, or “A Night at the Museum”, this first event took a bus-load of interested students to the “Estamos Aquí” exhibit. There, students listened to the story of the Saldaña family and their migration to Oconto County for farm work, and to view the bilingual exhibit on Latino culture, migrant workers, and Hispanic immigration in general. “Fiesta”, the next event in this series, is the annual Hispanic Heritage celebration dinner. This night of authentic Hispanic food, student speakers, and dancing was held Friday, September 29th in the Michels Ballroom. The final event of the month, “Art Transcends Borders”, made an appearance at the Bush Art Center on Tuesday, October 3rd. Student artists and poets submitted pieces with the focus of identity, and after event attendees were able to enjoy the gallery and vote for their favorite works in certain categories, visiting artist Eric J. Garcia addressed the theme of identity by sharing his life story and how it is reflected in his art.
These events, put on by Multicultural Leadership Services and their committees, are meant to bring the campus together while increasing understanding, encouraging discussion, and appreciating the diversity central to the American culture. Enjoy the rest of Hispanic Heritage Month, and we look forward to seeing you there next year!