Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrated With Virtual Events for 2020

Hispanic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn and celebrate the vastness of Latin culture and the achievements and contribution of Latinx individuals across the world. This year there will be are a variety of events ranging from panel discussions to salsa lessons.

One of the main events every year for Hispanic Heritage Month is the annual Plaza de las Americas – Festival de las Manos Unidas, which will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, virtual via Zoom. It will highlight various Latin countries, feature performances, and more in a celebration of Latin American culture in Arkansas.  Plaza de las Americas – Festival de las Manos Unidas has been a staple of the Hispanic community in Northwest Arkansas for more than a decade, and is one of many events taking place for more than a month throughout the area.

Other events include:

Latinx First Friday: Scavenger Hunt

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 25
  • Time: 1-2 p.m.
  • Event Description: LatinX Heritage Month First Friday is an event that will highlight each Latin American country through a scavenger hunt. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a virtual or live scavenger hunt across the University of Arkansas Campus, with a chance to be entered into drawings for Amazon Gift Cards and a limited edition LatinX Heritage Month First Friday t-shirt.  This is a one-of-a-kind event that you do not want to miss! Make sure you are following the Multicultural Center on Instagram (@uark_mc), Facebook and Twitter (@uark_mc) for more information on the event and sign up for the event below via Hogsync!
  • https://hogsync.uark.edu/event/6440291
  • Sponsored By: Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education

Salsa & Bachata Night

Mosquita y Mari Movie Screening

Coffee and Conversation: Latinx Young Professionals Panel

  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 1
  • Time: 6-8 p.m.
  • Event Description: Come network and hear the experiences from a variety of Latinx-identifying millennial professionals. Join us for a virtual panel discussion with a group of millennials who will share their experiences as Latinx individuals in the professional world and offer strategies and solutions for navigating your chosen field and still representing for the culture.
  • Sponsored By: Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and Latino Alumni Society

Plaza De Las Américas

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 7
  • Time: 5-7 p.m.
  • Event Description: An event that will highlight each Latin American country with knowledgeable presentations, performances, language class and connection with the whole campus to the American community within the university via multiple platforms. 
  • Registration
  • Sponsored By: Latin American and Latino Studies, International Students and Scholars, World Languages, University Housing, New Student and Family Programs, La Oficina Latina, Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education and University of Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

Historical Importance of Latinx Vote Panel Discussion
Panelists include professors Xavier Medina, Juan José Bustamante and Steven Rosales.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 14
  • Time:  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Event Description: This year the Latino electorate became the largest minority body of voters. The growth and dispersion of the Latino constituency has made them a pivotal vote nationwide and in key swing states.  Your vote is our voice, so come learn why and how to make your voice heard.
  • Sponsored By: Latinx Employee Impact Group

Latinx Happy Hour

  • Date: October 16
  • Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Event Description: The mixer is a networking space to give students the chance to meet and connect with fellow Latinx students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.  This virtual event will feature DJ Mandole Mixx, Sonido Exploxiones. 
  • Sponsored By: Latino Alumni Society and Latinx Impact Resource Group

For more information about events please go to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Website.

Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors: Latin American and Latino Studies, Latinx Employee Impact Group, Latino Alumni Society, Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, International Students and Scholars, World Languages, University Housing, New Student and Family Programs, La Oficina Latina, Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education, University Programs and University of Arkansas Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

 

Contacts

Adrain Smith, director of leadership and diversity initiatives
Center for Multicultural and Diversity Education
479-799-3968, atsmith@uark.edu

Angela Mosley-Monts, director of alumni constituent relations
Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
479-387-9248, ammonts@uark.edu

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