Hispanic Heritage Celebration

For a complete listing of the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Celebration events, please click here.

The Origins of Latino Grand Rapids: Community Building and Panethnic Identity Formation from the 1940s to the 1970s

Date: Thursday, September 22, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2263 

LIB 100/201 Approved!
LAS/Latin American and Latino/a Studies
 presents a public lecture by Dr. Delia Fernández. Based on primary sources like church and jail records as well as oral histories, Fernández traces how and why Latinos came to West Michigan. This lecture reveals how Latinos, namely Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, negotiated their relationship with one another and the spaces they lived in to make West Michigan their home. From dances to baseball games to festivals, these two groups formed the origins of a Latino community in the 1940s that has continued to the present. View the event flyer HERE. Co-sponsored by the History Department.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Presents: Marisel Herrera

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM 
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 

LIB 100 and LIB 201 Approved!
Marisel Herrera is a high-impact certified coach, author, and speaker whose authentic and bold message empowers Latina/o students and youth to live fierce and fearless lives. Marisel’s message affirms the power of education, faith, resiliency, culture, and community to transform one’s life. Drawing on her journey of grit and grace from the housing projects of New York City to the halls of academia, over 2 decades as an educational leader, she equips and empowers diverse audiences with tangible tools and insight about success. Marisel will share her story and how students can use their strength, grit, and personal experiences to be successful.

The 2016 Conference on the Americas

Date: Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
Location: Eberhard Center

LIB 100/201 APPROVED!  
A joint conference of the Great Lakes History Conference and Conference on the Americas!  
To address this history and its legacy, our keynote speaker will be Héctor Tobar, author of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestseller Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine and the Miracle that Set Them Free. Mr. Tobar’s work examines the evolving and interdependent relationship between Latin America and the United States. The son of Guatemalan immigrants, Mr. Tobar writes for the Los Angeles Times and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of California, Irvine. 

View the event flyer HERE!

Noche De Los Muertos

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016 8:00 PM 
Location: Kirkhof Center » RM 2250 GRAND RIVER ROOM 

Noche De Los Muertos is an annual dinner and dance event hosted by the Latino Student Union.  Come and learn about this meaningful Latin-American holiday and the history and significance of the Day of the Dead.  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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