Fitchburg State University will observe National Latinx Heritage Month with a series of events that celebrate Latinx culture and the diversity of our community.
“Celebrating National Latinx Heritage Month is about bringing people together in community as we lift the voices and experiences of Latinxs at Fitchburg State and beyond,” said Melisa Alves, director of the Career Services and Advising Center at Fitchburg State and advisor to the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) on campus. “The month is about introducing others to the rich history, traditions and culture that Latinxs bring to Fitchburg State. Our hope is that Latinxs see their voices and experiences represented while at the same time sharing the beauty, strengths and many contributions that Latinxs share at Fitchburg State on a daily basis.
“Additionally, we must remember that celebrating the voices and experiences of Latinxs doesn't end on October 15th,” Alves continued. “Each day we should value and appreciate our Latinx falcons, and remember that representation matters. The celebration of Latinx voices and experiences needs to happen year long. We invite others to join the planning committee in the future and support the Latin American Student Organization as they continue to do the work of elevating Latinxs experiences at Fitchburg State.”
"I hope our events bring a lot if not most students on campus together to learn about each other's different backgrounds or even learn more about their own culture," said Jalin Paulino Diaz, president of LASO at Fitchburg State. "If they're not of Latinx heritage, they can see how diverse Fitchburg State can be. Also, those who are of Latinx Heritage to be more proud of it because they can get lost in a country that is a melting pot, and with LASO, they can get their voices heard. Our attendees can look forward to learning in a non-formal way with information, food, music, difficulties, and advice from peers, that they will surely find interesting especially for our similarities."
The programs begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, with “We Are Here: Latinx Voices at Fitchburg State.” To participate, visit meet.google.com/ctw-jfcv-ahk.
The events continue at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, with “LASO Cerrado,” a student-led discussion with a focus on topics including anti-blackness within the Latinx community, mental health, and the nomenclature of Latino/a versus Latinx. To join that program, go to meet.google.com/rat-aozd-dft.
At 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, there will be a Cooking with LASO demonstration on Instagram live, viewable by following @LASO_fitchburg_state on Instagram.
Novelist, essayist and Javier Avila will present his acclaimed show “The Trouble with my Name” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. Avila has presented his one of a kind performance about the value of diversity to more than 50,000 people across 150 performances in dozens of cities across the U.S. With its blend of education and entertainment, the show is a transformative experience. To join, please go to meet.google.com/jay-dfnv-ysg or view the livestream at http://bit.ly/JA_LIVESTREAM.
The Career Services and Advising Center will co-sponsor a session called Marketing Yourself at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.To participate, visit https://bit.ly/Marketing_Yourself.
The Latin American Student Organization (LAS) will present a slam poetry night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30. To participate, go to meet.google.com/pwu-qwde-bxj.
Programs continue in October, starting with Café con Leche: An Intro to Afro-Latinidad at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. To join, go to meet.google.com/dnq-cuze-qsc.
Also in October, check out “Si Se Puede: Latinx Alumni and Student Voices at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8. To join this panel talk, go to meet.google.com/tpz-osno-cgc.
A celebration of cultures will occur the next week with the Rep Your Flag Virtual Celebration at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13. To take part, go to meet.google.com/qui-zjas-etv.
The events will conclude with a display planned for Thursday, Oct. 15, about which details will be shared soon.