“This month is important because this is when most of the
Hispanic countries gained independence from Spain,” said Latino
Student Union President Jacob Torres. “We cannot forget that
this month celebrates our independence and freedom to become
individual countries that create the diversity of Latin cultures
Listed by date, the
events facilitated through the UT Office of Excellence and
Multicultural Student Success and Latino Student Union will
• Monday, Sept. 16 — Latino Student
Union Open House, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union Room 3513. Stop by
for light refreshments and to see what this organization has to
• Tuesday, Sept. 17 — Naturalization
Ceremony, which is part of Constitution Day, 11:30 a.m. in the
Law Center McQuade Law Auditorium. At the ceremony, more than 20
people will be sworn in by federal court officials to become
U.S. citizens. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of
Government Relations and the Program in Law and Social Thought.
— Salsa on the Steps, noon to 2
p.m., Student Union Steps. The Latino Student Union will teach
the art of dance in the Hispanic culture to anyone interested.
• Wednesday, Sept. 18 — Anita López,
Lucas County auditor who ran for mayor, will give the Main
Campus keynote address for Hispanic Heritage Month at 6 p.m. in
the Student Union Ingman Room. Lopez received a bachelor of arts
degree in political science and a law degree from UT in 1994 and
1997, respectively, and is a former Latino Student Union
president. She will talk about her personal journey.
• Thursday, Sept. 19 — Cocina
Latina, 7 to 9 p.m., International House Multipurpose Room. The
Latino Student Union will demonstrate how to prepare Hispanic
• Saturday, Sept. 21 — Latino Alumni
Affiliate Meeting, 10 a.m., Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel
• Wednesday, Sept. 25 — Spanish
Tutorial, 5 to 7 p.m. in Student Union Room 2582.
• Thursday, Oct. 3 — Dr. Patricia
Documét, assistant professor of behavioral and community health
sciences and director of the Center for Health Equity at the
University of Pittsburgh, will give the Health Science Campus
keynote address for Hispanic Heritage Month at noon in Health
Education Building Room 110. She will discuss her research that
focuses on Latino health and the relevancy of social
• Saturday, Oct. 5 — Homecoming
Tailgate, 1 to 3 p.m., Rocket Hall parking lot. Go Rockets! Be
true, wear blue! Get ready for the big game with the Latino
Student Union. Toledo will play Western Michigan at 3 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 7 — Latino Idol, 7 to
9 p.m., Student Union Trimble Lounge. The Latino Student Union
will hold its annual competition where contestants sing in
Spanish. Register to perform by signing up in Student Union Room
3513; the competition is open to all.
• Tuesday, Oct. 8 — Latino Village,
2 to 4 p.m., Student Union Trimble Lounge. Stop by as the Latino
Student Union recreates a village of Latino cultures through
educational stations with information and food.
• Monday, Oct. 14 — Hispanic
Heritage Month Closing Ceremony, 8 to 10 p.m., Student Union
Room 2592. Latino Student Union President Jacob Torres will give
a brief history of Latino culture in America, and then the floor
will be open for music and dancing. Refreshments will be
For more information on events,
contact Fatima Pervaiz, program coordinator in the UT Office of
Excellence and Multicultural Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org.