Mason Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: September 17, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Each year at Mason, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the culture, contributions and heritage of the largest ethnic group in America.

Hispanic Heritage Month encompasses three important dates in Hispanic history: Sept. 15, Independence Day in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Sept. 16, Mexican Independence Day; and Oct. 12, El Dia de La Raza (the day of the race).

During Hispanic Heritage Month at Mason, a number of events at the Fairfax Campus will offer students, faculty, staff and the public exposure to Hispanic culture, music, food, entertainment, literature and more.

The celebration will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 18, with the “Bienvenida Latina” Grand Carnival on the North Plaza outside the Johnson Center. From noon until 3 p.m., the Office of Diversity Programs and Services and the Hispanic Student Association invite the Mason community to enjoy food, music and entertainment that will showcase many different elements and characteristics of the Latino/Hispanic culture.

Other events scheduled throughout the rest of September and early October include

  • “U.S. Elections, the Hispanic/Latino Vote,” which looks at how Hispanics and Latinos have affected U.S. presidential elections

  • “Latin Night VIII,” a celebration of Latino music, with free food, movies, crafts and games

  • “Shades of Brown,” the annual event where members of the Mason community and guests present and discuss Hispanic poetry and literature

  • “Frida’s Self-Portrait Workshop,” an opportunity to learn how to draw a self-portrait using pencil and crayon while finding inspiration via one of Mexico’s most acclaimed artists, Frida Kahlo

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month and a complete schedule of events, click here.

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