Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Invisible INT 100/201 APPROVED!

Thursday, September 30, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Allendale Campus
Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff, Students

Rukia K.

Rukia Kufakunoga is an up-and-coming children’s book author. Her debut book, Latina Looks Like Me: Latina Como Yo, was written as an ode to her 10-year-old self, as she navigated the complexities of a multicultural upbringing. This beautifully illustrated book celebrates the diverse distinctions and variations of the Afro-Latina community while highlighting the beauty found in the differences. With a Tanzanian father and Panamanian mother, Rukia speaks about her experience as a second-generation immigrant and the plight of feeling culturally overlooked. Latina Looks Like Me: Latina Como Yo not only sheds light on the misconceptions that exist about being an Afro-Latina in American society but promotes diversity and inclusivity. Rukia hopes that her book’s message will help to instill a sense of belonging, hope, and pride in young Latinas.

Children's author, Rukia K., is the founder of Latina Looks Like Me, an empowerment brand dedicated to educating the world about the diversity and beauty of the Latino culture. Rukia received her Bachelor of Science in Community Development from Central Michigan University. The Michigan native is a second-generation immigrant, born to parents from Tanzania and Panama. She is an Afro-Latina who is proud of her culture and excited to have a platform that caters to her community.

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Location Information

2263 Kirkhof Center

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Contact Information

Office of Multicultural Affairs at 616-331-2177 or oma@gvsu.edu.


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This event was added to the calendar by Erica Baker-Bringedahl (bakereri@gvsu.edu) on Friday, August 20, 2021 and was last updated on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:14 p.m.