The University of Arkansas Cossatot will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with events for students and the community starting in September.
According to the National Hispanic Heritage Month website (www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov), Americans come together during Hispanic Heritage Month, “by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.”
The beginning of the month is significant to many Latin American countries as they celebrate independence from Spanish colonialism. Mexico also celebrates their independence from Spain on September 16.
UA Cossatot’s new Center for Student Success will host events from September 12 to October 31 to bring awareness to Hispanic contributions to the culture and success of our nation and communities. Some events include a month-long exhibit highlighting Latinos in Hollywood, a salsa competition, and a game of Loteria, a Mexican game similar to bingo.
Coordinator of the Center for Student Success Erika Buenrrostro states, “Diversity is something that makes UA Cossatot unique. We are the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the state.”
“These traditions are shared with many of our non-Hispanic neighbors, and that is what our celebration at UA Cossatot is about – connecting and celebrating as a diverse community.”
While some events are student only, many are open to the community. For a full list of times and locations, please visit www.cccua.edu/hispanicheritage, visit the UA Cossatot Facebook page, or contact Erika Buenrrostro at 870-584-1133.