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Georgia Southern University celebrates Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

Georgia Southern University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2019 Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Celebration, featuring a series of lectures, performances and more. National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and celebrates the history, culture and contributions of the Hispanic and Latino American communities.

Most events will take place on the Statesboro, Armstrong and Liberty campuses and are free and open to the public. Highlighted events include:

Wednesday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m.
Flag Parade
Statesboro Campus: Russell Union Rotunda
In partnership with the Association of Latin American Students, the parade of flags from Hispanic/Latin countries will be carried by participants beginning at Lakeside Dining Commons through the Pedestrium to the Russell Union Rotunda. A mini festival including presentations, music, dancing and food will take place at the Rotunda following the parade.

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2-3:30 p.m.
Immigration Session 101 with Kuck Baxter Immigration, LLC – hosted by NAACP
Armstrong Campus: Student Union Ballroom
Join the Armstrong Chapter of NAACP as they host Jorge Gavilanes, associate attorney at Kuck Baxter Immigration Services. Gavilanes’ “Immigration Session 101” will discuss the current immigration climate and practices.

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch and Learn: African Influences in Latin American Music
Armstrong Campus: Ogeechee TheatreLunch and Learns are an opportunity for students to enjoy their lunch while learning about new topics related to culture, language and various diversity issues. This week features Savannah State University Associate Professor Pedro Rivera, Ph.D., who will discuss Afro-Latino history and where African culture and influences made an impact in shaping the Latin American music we know today. Bring your own lunch; light refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Passport to Latin America
Liberty Campus
Step into the world of Latin American countries with food, music, fun facts and more. Join OMA and the Liberty Center for an afternoon of cultural explosion.

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6-7 p.m.
Afro-Latinx: Are you Black?
Statesboro Campus: Russell Union 2084
This program is a facilitated discussion about people who identify as black and Hispanic/Latinx. The program seeks to dispel myths, identify cultural differences and demystify Afro-Latinx identities.

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Fiesta Day
Armstrong Campus: Residential Plaza
OMA’s annual Fiesta Day brings together the Georgia Southern community as we celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month. There will be food from various Latin American countries, game stations and dancing. Remember to bring your Eagle Card to enjoy the fun.

Tuesday, Oct. 8, 5-6:30 p.m.
Talk Tuesday – Hispanic and Latinx Family Values
Statesboro Campus: Russell Union 2080
Talk Tuesday, hosted by the Diversity Peer Educators, is a chat-n-chew discussion on the various components and cultural elements of Hispanic and Latinx families. Refreshments will be provided.

Monday, October 14, 6-7:30 p.m.
Latin Dance Lessons
Williams Center Multipurpose Room
Latin dance lessons will be facilitated by a student group.

For more information on the 2019 Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Celebration, visit https://students.georgiasouthern.edu/multicultural/HLHeritage

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving nearly 26,500 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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