Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month
By Carmella Boykin – Syracuse, NY (CitrusTV) – Latino/Hispanic heritage month is from September 15th to October 15th, and organizations at Syracuse University are bringing the celebration to campus.
From lectures and art displays to music and dancing, there are many different aspects of Hispanic and Latino cultures represented. One of the biggest events of the month is “Fiesta Latina” hosted by The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Phi Iota Alpha Inc Fraternity Inc.
In addition to food and dancing and a live performance from Dominican musician Luis Vargas, there was a celebration of all different cultures within the Latino and Hispanic communities.
“I like to learn about where people come from in South America and how they live,” said Phi Iota Alpha chapter president Derek Polanco. “It’s really heartfelt and it’s really genuine.”
Another important aspect about the month is on campus is providing an opportunity for different groups to come together.
“It’s a chance for students to collaborate with each other and different departments,” said OMA planning committee co-chair Julissa Pabon. “Even though we’re all part of the Latinex community we have different cultures and ethnicities. That’s important to learn about, respect, and value.”