Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with food, fun, and community at Lees-McRae

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is recognized annually in the United States from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the Office of Inclusive Excellence is throwing a celebration of Hispanic Americans’ history, culture, and achievements on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The celebration will be held at 6 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are invited to gather and enjoy a screening of the movie “Selena”─a biopic that chronicles the life of American Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Pérez─along with authentic Latin American cuisine from Banner Elk business Las Nubes Latin Store and Taqueria.

“I have a personal connection to this observance as my mother is Chicana,” Chief Diversity Officer Charles Gibson III, who is organizing the celebration, said. “I know what it is to have chorizo y huevos made by your abuelita before attending Catholic mass on Sunday morning. I also know the dissonance acutely felt by those of us with Latin American roots who are not fluent in Spanish. This observance is special because it unites all Hispanic and Latin American people, regardless of their experiences, in celebration of life, liberty, and culture.”

This celebration is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of whether they have Hispanic heritage, to come together and celebrate this community. There is no cost to attend the event, and all ages are welcome to gather in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

By Maya JarrellSeptember 22, 2022
Campus LifeCommunity