Events Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

October 02, 2019

Susquehanna is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures is sponsoring the panel “Being Latino/a/x at SU: Your Voice Matters,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Benjamin Apple Meeting Rooms 1 & 2.

Faculty panelists are Hilario Lomelí, visiting assistant professor of education; Theresa Lopez, assistant professor of philosophy; and Elizabeth Valentin, assistant professor of chemistry. Student panelists are Israel Collazo-Luciano ’21, of New Oxford, Pennsylvania; Fernanda Martinez ’21, of East Rutherford, New Jersey; and Stephanie Reyes Muñoz ’22, of Lanham, Maryland.

Panelists will reflect on their Latina/o/x identity while considering one shared aspect of their lives: how each person ended up coming to Susquehanna. They will share their experiences revolving around SU and personal stories from throughout their lives, including victories or challenges that helped to make them the person they are today.

A Q&A session with the audience will follow.

An exhibition of work by Latin American, Hispanic and Latino/a/x artists and writers is currently on display on the second floor of Bogar Hall.

A second exhibition of art by Heather Mena-Carias ’22, of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, is displayed in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in the Degenstein Student Center.

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) celebrates the cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

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