GVSU events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

A photo of a woman performing a dance.
Cultural events include lectures, performances, celebrations and more. 
Image credit - Amanda Pitts

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a series of cultural events for its annual Hispanic Heritage celebration, including lectures, celebrations and more. 

The events, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, will introduce Grand Valley community members to various elements of Latinx culture.

Event highlights are below. Learn more about the Hispanic Heritage Celebration and see a full schedule of events at www.gvsu.edu/oma.

•  Saint Joseph the Worker Catholic Church (site visit): October 12, noon

Attendees will receive a tour of the site, as well as a presentation of traditions. Transportation is provided from the Allendale Campus. 

•  Presentation: "What Does Columbus Day Mean Now? Or Why Hispanic Heritage Month Matters": October 18, 3-4:15 p.m., Cook-DeWitt Center

Rolena Adorno, professor of Spanish at Yale University and best-selling author, will give the lecture.

•  Performance: Sacramento Knoxx, Mexican and Native American Hip-Hop Artist: October 24, 6 p.m., Cook-DeWitt Center

Detroit native Sacramento Knoxx infuses his hip-hop style with Mexican and indigenous music. His art and activism are focused on the experiences of Native Americans and Chicanx populations past and present. 

•  Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): November 1, 6-8 p.m., Niemeyer Living Center lobby

Dia de los Muertos, a holiday celebrated by those of Mexican heritage, is a gathering of loved ones to pray for and remember those who have died and to support their spiritual journeys.

•  Latino Student Union 40th Year Celebration: November 3, 8 p.m.-midnight, Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center

The annual event hosted by the Latino Student Union will include entertainment, dinner, dancing and prizes, and will also celebrate 40 years of the Latino Student Union at Grand Valley.

-- written by Madison Barnes, student writer 



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