SMU will observe Latino Heritage Month 2015 with food, music, dancing, family activities, a holiday celebration and a voter registration drive.
The festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17 with Viva America, an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Highlights will include Latin food, live performances, a DJ and dancing.
Other events include:
- A voter registration drive on Monday, Sept. 22 at the West Bridge, Hughes-Trigg Student Center, organized by College Hispanic American Students (CHAS), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
- The traditional Family Weekend La Familia Luncheon on Sunday, Nov. 1 in the Hughes-Trigg Ballroom.
- A Dias de los Muertos party with food, drink and holiday activities on Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the Hughes-Trigg Commons.
Latino Heritage Month is sponsored by SMU’s Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. Visit them online at smu.edu/multicultural.
From mid-September through mid-October, SMU joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions, culture and heritage of Hispanic Americans.
Hispanic Heritage Month was first approved in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a 7-day observation. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the recognition to cover a 30-day period. Coinciding with independence anniversaries of seven Latin American countries, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and is celebrated through Oct. 15.
Viva America: Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off
SMU kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with Viva America on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Van Meter Performance Plaza outside of Mustang Band Hall. Co-hosted by SMU Multicultural Student Affairs and College Hispanic American Students, Viva America is an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Beginning with a flag ceremony, the festival also includes a DJ, live cultural performances, Latin food, aguas frescas and dancing.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SMU Multicultural Student Affairs.
Additional activities celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and contributions include:
- Sept. 23: Voter Registration: The Sleeping Giant (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
- Sept. 28: Fiesta Latino Americano (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
- Oct. 4: Service Day (TBA)
- Oct. 10: LULAC in the Community (TBA)
- Oct. 22: Cesar Chavez Movie (7:30 p.m.)
- Oct. 26: La Familia Luncheon (1 p.m.)