Hispanic Heritage Celebration

For a complete listing of the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Celebration events, please click here.

Why (Y)our History Matters: The Latino Experience in the Midwest

Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM 
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2204, Pere Marquette

LIB 100/201 Approved!
Dr. Lilia Fernández is the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and History at Rutgers University. She specializes in 20th century Latino history and has published numerous essays on Mexican American community formation. Her book, Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago, is the first to document the history of these populations in the city after World War II.


Professionals Of Color Lecture Series: Dr. Antonia Novello; Hispanics: More Than Statistics

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM 
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2250, Grand River Room

LIB 100 and LIB 201 Approved!

14th Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Antonia Coello Novello was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. degree in 1965 and an M.D. degree in 1970. She completed her subspecialty training in pediatric nephrology at University of Michigan and Georgetown University. Dr. Novello received a masters in Public Health from the John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1982 and a Doctor of Public Health in May 2000.  She holds countless awards. including the Legion of Merit, The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, and the National Governor's Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award, as well as a membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society and Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to name a few, and over 53 honoris causa. In 2011, Dr. Novello received the Don Quijote Lifetime Achievement Award.

On March 9, 1990, Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to serve as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her appointment marked two firsts: Dr. Novello became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold this position.  As Surgeon General, Dr. Novello advised the public on health matters such as smoking, AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards and the importance of immunization and disease prevention.

On June 3, 1999, Governor George E. Pataki nominated Dr. Novello to be the 13th New York State Health Commissioner; one of the leading health agencies in the nation with a $49 Billion budget - one-third of the whole NY state budget. Most recently, Dr. Novello served as the Executive Director of Public Health Policy at Florida Hospital. She currently serves as a liaison between the government of Dominican Republic and its Attorney General on raising the awareness of domestic violence and spearheading efforts for national legislation.


Spoken Word with Denice Frohman

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM 
Location: Cook DeWitt Center

LIB 100/201 APPROVED!  
Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, writer, performer, and educator. Her poetry focuses on social change and explores the tension between the stories we tell about ourselves, the ones told about us, and the ones we tell about each other.


Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Niemeyer Honors Building » Lobby

LIB 100 and LIB 201 Approved!

Dia de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by the people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have passed away, and help support their spiritual journey.


Sabado Gigante (Dinner and Dance)

Date: Friday, November 3, 2017 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM 
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 GRAND RIVER ROOM 

Sabado Gigante is a dinner and dance event hosted by Latino Student Union. The dinner and dance will replicate Sabado Gigante, a game show well known in the Latino community. The evening will include entertainment, dinner, dance, and prizes.


More Information

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Grand Valley State University
Email: oma@gvsu.edu
Phone: (616) 331-2177



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