Hispanic Heritage Month highlights multiculturalism

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Fiesta Latina: Rosite George poses with a marichi band after they played at a luncheon Sept. 20th. Hispanic Heritage month will be celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

By Erin Myers, Chattanooga, TN—Hispanic National Heritage Month has arrived, and many events to honor this month are occurring at UTC.

Hispanic National Heritage Month spans between the dates between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15, and it is a time set aside to honor and celebrate the heritage, culture, and contributions that Hispanic and Latin Americans have made to the United States, Rosite George, assistant director of multicultural affairs, said.

“Hispanic Heritage Month is one such opportunity where we get to introduce a lot of students to more things in the Hispanic culture besides the basic tacos and burritos,” George said. “It is allows us to give students an opportunity to explore more of the art, film, music, dance, and the contributions that Hispanic individuals have made to our society.”

The Multicultural Center, located on the second floor of the University Center, will be holding multiple events in honor of this month, George said.

“There is going to be a Siesta Cinema for the next three Wednesdays, where we will all be lounging around and watching movies that depict typical Hispanic life,” George said. “Then Thursday the 27th there will be  Latin Jazz and Poetry performances by students and the group Savor. And of course there will be salsa included in a Salsa Workshop on October 9th from 7 to 10pm, and then on October 11th with a Salsa Night.”

George said all students are encouraged not only to attend these events, but also to use the Multicultural Center facilities.

“We love it when students just show up,” she said.  “We have an open door policy, and we are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We invite all students from all backgrounds, because we embrace diversity.”

All students are invited to take advantage of the Multicultural Center and then also come to our events as well, George said.

“Also, if there are different events or festivities that students feel we should be representing, we are open to suggestions,” she said.

In order to participate in any of these events all that is necessary is your attendance, George said.  For more information on these events you can check the bulletin board outside the Multicultural Center, or contact the Office of Multicultural Affaires at (423) 425-1920.

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