Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated
Sept. 1, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Events at Illinois Wesleyan University will help celebrate Hispanic
Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and is the anniversary of independence
for five Latin American countries – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and
Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on
Immigration Reform Forum
The Illinois Wesleyan Office of Multicultural Student Affairs is sponsoring an Immigration
Reform Forum on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 E. Beecher,
St, Bloomington). The keynote speaker will be Marti Jones, the executive director
of the Immigration Project, which offers immigration legal services throughout downstate
Illinois. Jones will then join a discussion forum at Hansen. The event, also sponsored
by the Spanish and Latino Student Association, is free and open to the public.
The public can enjoy an evening of salsa lessons on Oct. 2. The event is a fundraiser
for Radio Latino, a Spanish-language program heard on Illinois Wesleyan’s student-run
radio station WESN 88.1, and is one of only two Spanish-speaking programs in Bloomington-Normal.
Lessons will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Young Main Lounge of Memorial Center (104 E.
University St., Bloomington), with a time for “free dance” following. Tickets for
the event are $5 for the public and $3 for students, and can be purchased at the door.
Illinois Wesleyan students, faculty and staff will also participate in activities
to celebrate the month, from a “Salsa Throwdown” cook-off of salsa recipes, to a group
trip to visit the Hispanic Families Workgroup, which works to improve and create opportunities
for Hispanic and Latino families in McLean County. Students will also enjoy a dinner
with comedian Erik Rivera. “The dinner will be an authentic Puerto Rican meal,” said
Director of Multicultural Student Affairs Roshaunda Ross. “Like all the events throughout
Hispanic Heritage Month, it is about more than enjoying time together. Each event
has a message, and is a bridge to establishing intercultural dialogue.” For more information
about the events, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (309) 556-3412,
or go to www.iwu.edu/multicultural/.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960