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Latinx Heritage Month celebrations kick off Sept. 15 at UW-Eau Claire

| Denise Olson

Photo caption: The UW-Eau Claire campus features light pole banners in recognition of the various heritage months. Featured here is Gloria Anzaldua, a Chicana scholar/writer who worked in the migrant fields of Arkansas as a child in the 1950s, later teaching writing and feminist/queer theory at multiple universities in the U.S.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will host several events in September and October in recognition of Latinx Heritage Month, a monthlong celebration of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Both the national and campus recognition months begin Sept. 15, a date that marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Celebrations continue through Oct. 15.

For Blugold students of Latin descent, recently the fastest growing population of students of color at UW-Eau Claire, these celebrations represent special opportunities to both honor their culture and history, as well as educate fellow students and the community.

“Latinx Heritage Month celebrates the contributions and achievements Latinx people have made in our history and draws attention to Hispanic people who are making history in today’s world,” says Joanelle Sanchez Guevara, president of the Latinx Student Association (LSA).

“After the past couple years being mostly virtual events, having these events in person once again is the perfect opportunity for our community and students to collaborate and learn about this special month together.”

Along with LSA, the leadership and student staff in the newly renamed Multicultural Student Services (MSS) office are pleased to be sponsoring and coordinating this series of events.

“Throughout these four weeks, the MSS office and the Blugold community look forward to a unique slate of events designed to educate, celebrate and uplift the cultural breadth and contributions of Latinx communities,” says Caitlin Lee, MSS director.

Latinx Heritage Month schedule:

  • Thursday, Sept. 15: Meet and greet open house, 3-5 p.m., Latinx Cultural Center, Room 801, Hibbard Hall. All students, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to meet and get to know one another.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: ¡Bienvenidos fiesta! 5:30-7 p.m., Chippewa Lounge along river. Music, potluck and prizes. All are welcome at this welcome-back fiesta. RSVP, please.
  • Tuesday, Sept 27: Noche de Lotería , 5 p.m., Latinx Cultural Center, Room 801, Hibbard Hall. Lotería, a Hispanic version of bingo, is a great way to socialize with peers and learn the reading, writing and history of Latinx culture through a game.  RSVP, please.  
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4: Noche de Película, 5-7 p.m., Latinx Cultural Center, Room 801, Hibbard Hall. Latinx movie night, screening Bajo la Misma luna, a movie outlining Carlitos’s journey in finding his mom, who lives across the border. LSA will be providing popcorn and chicharrones during this movie event. RSVP, please.
  • Banquet/closing festivities. Details TBD, see this page, campus calendar and Connect+ app for upcoming details.