Javier Mendoza

Javier Mendoza

Events Planned to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 9, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University students will have the chance to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which takes place from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. Roshaunda Ross, acting director of Multicultural Student Affairs, has planned multiple events in conjunction with the Department of Hispanic Studies for this culture-specific month.

The dates for Hispanic Heritage Month have not been selected at random. Sept. 15 is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua). Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile’s independence was declared on Sept. 18. This month acts as a celebration of Hispanic culture and works to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States culture.

A Javier Mendoza concert will be a focus event for the month. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16 in the Davidson Room of the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington). Mendoza, who was raised in Spain, will release two separate albums that are the same on Nov. 14. One will be titled “You,” while the other will be “Tu,” with the difference being that one version will be entirely in Spanish.

Those interested in community service will be given a chance to participate this month, as well.  A volunteer opportunity will be available at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, (527 W. Jackson St., Bloomington) where they will be holding their Kermes celebration on Sept. 20. Participating students will be shuttled to the event and will have the chance to interact with local people of Hispanic descent. “I’d like to help Illinois Wesleyan students to burst the bubble. Students should be exposed to what’s going on in the greater community,” said Ross in reference to the volunteer opportunity.

Other events for the month will include: a ‘Saucy Salsa Throwdown’ Cook-off at 11:30 a.m. in the Davidson Room of the Memorial Center (104 E. University St., Bloomington) and a ‘La Cena’ Mexican Dinner at 6 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher St., Bloomington), both on Sept. 15. A ‘Soccer Mini-Championship’ will take place from Sept. 15-Oct. 26. The celebration will conclude with the 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration Dinner at 6 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the Hansen Student Center.

For additional information, contact the Multicultural Student Affairs Office at (309) 556-3412.

Contact: Kasey Evans ’12, (309) 556-3181