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Cultural Heritage Month Celebrations

Hispanic Heritage Month

The celebration of the different cultures represented at Bradley is something that the Office of Multicultural Student Services takes very seriously. This month, we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 until October 15. The Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee--made up of Guadalupe Flores, the President of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS); Lauren Smetana, the Assistant Director of Student Activities; and Dr. Deborah Kessler, a faculty member from the Foreign Language Department--have worked hard to provide a variety of events highlighting the history and heritage of the individuals who identify with the rich Hispanic culture. 

About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Calendar of events: September 15th- October 15th

The Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee has provided Bradley students with the opportunity learn about the richness of the Latin American culture through a variety of upcoming programs and events. Please find the calendar below: 

    • Monday, September 15th - 11:30am-1:30pm Themed Lunch in Geisert- Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee
      • Come celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage month by enjoying a Latin themed lunch entree in the Geisert Cafeteria
    • September 20th- Salsa Fest, 2:00-4:00pm Olin Quad- Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee
      • The Salsa Fest will be on the Olin Quad, where the Salsa club will be providing free Salsa Lessons out in the open. This is also during Family Weekend, so please bring your families. Free food will be available as well.  
    • Monday, Sept. 22nd noon-1:00pm Mesa Hispánica as the Hispanic Heritage Month ALAS Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee
      • Bring your lunch to the Student Center from noon to 1:00pm to sharpen up on your Spanish. Professors and students will be available to teach some crash course spanish lessons. 
    • September 23rd- Latino Takeout in the Student Center from 12:00-1:00pm- Sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
      • ALAS will be selling some great food in the Student Center. They received donations from a local restaurant that will have your mouth watering. Stop by to support them and try some great food. Cash will be the only form of payment. 
    • September 25th- Paletas on the Quad from 11:00am-1:00pm Sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
      • ALAS will be selling some delicious paletas on the Quad. Stop by to support them and try some great food. Cash will be the only form of payment. 
    • September 26th- Loteria at LNBU- 9:00pm-12:00am Hispanic Heritage Planning Committee- Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee
      • Come enjoy playing Loteria at LNBU. We are certain you will have a great time playing this game. 
    • September 27th- Latin Heritage Banquet in the Student Center Ballroom starting a 6:00pm Sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
      • ALAS is sponsoring their annual banquet. Tickets are available on the second level of the Garrett Cultural Center. Please get your ticket while they are still available. 
    • October 1st- The Cuban Guy Lecture- Motivational Speaker in the Marty Theater starting at 7:30pm- Sponsored by the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)
      • Come enjoy a motivational speech from the Cuban Guy. This program is designed to encourage and support all students as mid-terms slowly approach. 

Source: http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/