Center for Inclusion and Social Change hosts event to honor Hispanic Heritage Month

Participants dance at the launch of the Fall 2021 Diversity and Inclusion Summit (Photo by Alexandra Llorca / CU Independent)

On September 29, community members celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month at the University of Colorado at Boulder with an event at the Dirks Patio of the Center for Community. The launch of the Diversity and Inclusion Summit was open to all students, staff and faculty.

Throughout the event, students, staff, and faculty enjoyed traditional Hispanic cuisine, music, and a dance performance in which performers danced flamenco, salsa, and other original traditional dances. Hispanic or Latin culture.

This event was hosted by the Center for Inclusion and Social Change of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, with the goal of achieving inclusion at CU Boulder.

Fabiola Longoria, a University of Colorado-Boulder student attended the event to meet new people and talk to the organizers and better understand who they are and why they decided to become members of the Center for Inclusion and Social Change.

“It’s community engagement… talking to people in person is far more important than on Zoom or over the phone,” said Longoria, referring to the impacts of the pandemic in the previous school year.

Another University of Colorado-Boulder student, Chacmool Gomez, believes that the representation of other cultures on campus is crucial and that events like these can bring people together.

“I think it’s important to organize events like these so that people can be exposed to more culture, so that they can see what (life is like in other countries),” said he explained. “I feel like you could also help someone connect more with their culture… and make new friends.”

Performers from the ArtistiCo Dance Company were invited to the event to show the audience several traditional dances, including dances typical of Spain and countries of Central and South America, such as Mexico and Colombia.

One of the performers, Marissa Morales, said she believes students should be exposed to different cultures.

“A lot of times, especially on college campuses, students are exposed to all kinds of different things that they are usually not exposed to and holding events like this gives students and faculty the opportunity to learn. more about different cultures, ”Morales said. .

The organization will be holding a virtual diversity and inclusion summit on November 2 with the aim of building community resilience and creating a more equitable environment.

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