Celebrar! Hispanic Heritage Month at UW-Parkside
By Samantha Savaglio
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Hispanic Heritage Month celebration kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 19, and continues into October. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), this annual month-long series of events celebrate Latino culture and its contributions to America's "melting pot" society.
The lively and colorful Salsa Brosa Dance Company joins us for the kick-off event Sept. 19 in Upper Main Place of Wyllie Hall. Starting at noon, the event includes food and refreshments.
Also during HHM, UW-Parkside students, faculty, and staff will read passages from their favorite Hispanic authors during a Read-In Wednesday, Oct 3. Come and hear the words and phrases that inspire us starting at noon in the Library.
A special Election 2012 Speak-Out is Wednesday, Oct. 10. The day's topic is "Waking the Sleeping Giant: How the Latino vote will sway the 2012 presidential elections & minority involvement in politics." Sponsored by Latinos Unidos, this program begins at noon in the Student Center Cinema and is part of the campus-wide Election Experience, a community learning opportunity that encourages political participation and civic responsibility.
A complete list of Hispanic Heritage Month events will be posted on the UW-Parkside web site.OMSA sponsors heritage months for ethnic groups represented on campus to focus on the "recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented students through the sponsorship of cultural programs, academic workshops, and mentoring services." All Hispanic Heritage Month events are free and the public is encouraged to attend and participate.