CSU–Pueblo sponsors Hispanic Heritage Month activities

Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) with a variety of events Sept. 15 -Oct. 15 to commemorate Hispanic contributions to the community and country. Major events scheduled over the next month include a performance by Cuban musicians, Tres de la Habana, Hispanic Heritage Month dinner featuring 2008 CSU-Pueblo Alumna Juliana Aragon-Fatula, a poet reading, and salsa making competitions and salsa dance lessons.

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, 20 years later, this celebration was expanded into a month-long celebration of culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. The month-long Hispanic Heritage celebration at CSU-Pueblo begins Tuesday, Sept. 15 with readings from the Hispanic Experience Literary Showcase beginning at 6 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Diversity Resource Center, OUC 031.

The complete list of events follows:

Sept. 15 – Inauguration – This event will include opening remarks, readings from the Hispanic Experience Literary Showcase, and a presentation on our Ethnic Heritage and Diversity Archives at the University Library, 6-8 p.m., Diversity Resource Center, OUC 031.

Sept. 16 – Let’s Salsa, salsa making competition and salsa dance lessons, 1-3 p.m., First-Year Center, OUC 214

Sept. 16 - Tres de la Habana, 3 from Havana, 7 p.m., OUC Ballroom. A musical trio from Cuba who sought political asylum in the United States while on tour in Mexico in December 2008 will perform. Sponsored in part by the Department of English and Foreign Languages.

Sept. 17- Poet Rigoberto González, 4 p.m., Diversity Resource Center, OUC 031. The son and grandson of migrant farm workers who became an award-winning poet will be the first presenter in the Southern Colorado Reading Series for the fall semester.  

Sept. 23 - Family Story Time, 6 p.m., Diversity Resource Center, OUC 031, featuring storyteller Felicia Sanchez, 2009 CSU-Pueblo Alumna.

Sept. 29 – Global Crossroads: Latin America, Noon-1 p.m., First-Year Center, OUC 214. A panel of diverse Hispanic students and community members from Latin American will share their unique immigration and Hispanic experiences. Questions and answers will follow. 

Oct. 1 –The Other Latinos. 11:30 a.m., OUC West Ballroom. Exhibits and a film illustrating the diversity of the Latino population

Oct. 7 –  Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Dinner: 6-8 p.m, OUC Ballroom. Free for CSU-Pueblo students with student ID, $10 community. Dinner will feature Juliana Aragon-Fatula, 2008 CSU-Pueblo Alumna.

Oct. 8 – What Happens When I Graduate? 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., OUC Hearthwell Lounge. Personal Development Panel for Latinos, RSVP to Diversity Resource Center, 549-2658. 

Oct. 12 – Dia de la Raza, 5:30-7:30 p.m., El Pueblo History Museum, 301 N. Union Ave. The Colorado Chicano Movement Archives collection at the CSU-Pueblo Library will host a reception at El Pueblo Museum and showcase some of its recent acquisitions. 

Oct. 28 Entre Lenguas: Bilingual Literature and Literature in Translation: Dr. Alegria Ribadeneira, assistant professor of Spanish at CSU-Pueblo, Rawling Library InfoZone, 100 E Abriendo Ave.

Nov. 1-2 – Dia De los Muertos Celebracion: Noon-1:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., OUC Ballroom. Altar Set up on Nov. 1.

Nov. 9 – Comida y Cuentos: Food and Stories, 6 p.m., Rawlings Library, Ryals Room, 100 E Abriendo Ave. Features CSU-Pueblo’s Patricia Trujillo.

For a completed and updated list of Hispanic Heritage Month event, visit http://www.colostate-pueblo.edu/studentactivities. For information about other upcoming events, contact the Office of Student Activities at 719-549-2151.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.