Latin Heritage Month comes to SPSCC

SPSCC will celebrate Latin American Heritage Month 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 10 in Building 27, the Student Union Building.
The Campus Activities Board (C.A.B.) and Diversity and Equity Center (DEC ) are sponsoring this year’s event for Latin American Heritage Month, said Eileen Yoshina, director of diversity and equity.

This year’s event will be called “Latin@ Heritage Month.” Organizers decided to use “@” this year, instead of Latino/Latina, to be more gender-neutral, said Kayla Perez, C.A.B. diversity outreach coordinator.

The event will include live music from Cambalache, a Seattle-based salsa band, and salsa lessons with Salsa de Olympia.
The DEC and the C.A.B. have worked together during previous years to bring authors and guest speakers to campus, said Yoshina.

This event will cost student life approximately $1500, according to Yoshina.

Yoshina said DEC believes it is important for students “to see their culture and history reflected in the programming” and to “be exposed to the many cultures that are present in the community.”

Club Latinoamerica de SPSCC will co-sponsor the event, said Luis Magana Reyna and Juan Carlos Ruiz Duran, club president and vice president.

Ruiz Duran said celebrating Latin American Heritage Month is important for looking at past achievements of Latinos. He said Latinos can sometimes forget their heritage as they try to integrate into the U.S., but cultural events like these can help them remember and be proud of their heritage.

Magana Reyna said the club is working on getting its finances together and getting more members. Its first official meeting is in a few weeks, and they are looking forward to planning their first big event for Dia de los Muertos and several others, he said.