Caroline Gilmore – Marketing Manager
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 to October 15 and marks anniversaries of independence for several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile (per the Office of Equity and Inclusion Instagram).
As part of the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Knight-Capron library has created a pop-up book display in front of the Center for Equity and Inclusion with books related to Hispanic history and culture.
On Saturday, September 17, the Hispanic Student Society hosted “Celebrar mi bandera,” an event to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrate the independence of various countries, complete with music, food, and traditions.
To celebrate the many dance styles of Hispanic culture, the society will be hosting dance classes on September 22 at 6:30 in the West Room in Drysdale for bachata, cumbia, and salsa.
The Hispanic Student Society’s mission statement is as follows:
“The purpose of this organization is to recognize the Hispanic and Latin American culture at the University of Lynchburg campus as well as in the greater Lynchburg community. The organization will promote Hispanic/Latino awareness and community service in order to establish cultural awareness and educational outreach. It will further enhance the appreciation and contributions of Hispanic/Latin American history. We, the students of the University of Lynchburg, will establish and ordain the constitution for the right and just governance of the Hispanic/Latino Society.”
According to their Instagram, the Hispanic Student Society plans to host more events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month and encourages you to keep an eye out for their flyers.