Elon to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The university has a variety of events and programs planned during Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

Elon will begin its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, Sept. 13, on Lakeside Plaza at the HHM Kickoff Festival. The 5 p.m. event will celebrate Hispanic art, culture, dance and music while supporting hurricane relief in the Bahamas, and is the first in a series of events in Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

The N.C. Brazilian Arts Project will perform Brazilian folkloric forms like Samba, Adeo-Brazilian Dances and Capoeira while the Huepa Culture and Arts Institute will perform Latin American dances like the Fandango and Checumbia.

The event will feature much more than dancing and music. Local artists will be selling their work including Colombian handbags and ponchos from Luz Maya as well as traditional Mexican clothing and artifacts from Carmen Benitez. Yholima Vargas-Pedroza will also be selling paintings and handbags made by indigenous Colombian people. Homemade food from Spanish-speaking countries will also be available to sample.

The event is free and open to members of the Elon community. There will be opportunities to donate to hurricane relief in the Bahamas in support of Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Hispanic Heritage Month at Elon University aims to provide students, faculty, staff and community members will the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through intercultural experiences. Helping foster cultural self-awareness to support in-tune global citizenship and immersive experiences is also a key mission of the university.

Elon will celebrate other cultural events throughout the month. The full list of events can be found below and more information is available on the El Centro website.

September 13

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Festival

Lakeside Plaza 5 p.m.

September 15

Mass in Spanish

Elon Community Church 5 p.m.

September 17

“Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer” Screening

Turner Theater 6 p.m.

September 19

Check all that Apply

CREDE 5:30 p.m.

September 23

Latinx/Hispanic Women in the Legal Profession

Elon Law School RM 105 12:30 p.m.

September 24

Perspectivas Series

Upstairs Lakeside 5 p.m.

September 26

Late Night in Soccer

Rudd Field 6:30 p.m.

September 30

“East Side Sushi” Film Screening

Turner Theater 7 p.m.

October 2

Latinx/Hispanic Identity Panel

McKinnon Hall D 6 p.m.

October 3

Andrea L. Pino-Silva “Taking the Reins of our Movement”

Whitley Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

October 4

La Habana Night

Taphouse 10:30 p.m.

October 8

Open Mic Night

The Oak House 5:30 p.m.

October 10

Cooking Competition

Lakeside Dining 5 to 8 p.m.

October 14

Food for Thought

CREDE 5:30 p.m.

November 2

Hispanic Tailgate

Bank of America Drive 11:30 a.m.