Waubonsee Launches Latinx Heritage Month – Shaw Local

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, Waubonee Community College is hosting several events for students, alumni, and the community to learn about and enjoy tradition and culture together. latinos. The programming will revolve around family activities and highlight Latinx leaders who have had a positive impact on communities and different industries. These in-person events are open to the public and will be held from September 15 to October 15.

  • ¡Launch of Latinx Heritage Month and meet our alumni: Do you identify as Hispanic or Latinx? Did you attend Waubonnee as a college student? Come join our Latinx alumni and meet the Latinx Heritage Month committee for an afternoon of amistad y tradiciones “friendship and traditions”. Alumni will share stories of how Waubonnee has been instrumental in their academic and professional success. Attendees will enjoy a nostalgic afternoon filled with stories, networking, traditional Mexican treats, music, and a fun game of Mexican Loteria. This meetup will be held at the Latinx Resource Center (LRC) on Aurora’s downtown campus on Thursday, September 15 at 2 p.m.
  • STEM al Estilo Latinx: Waubonee Community College and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy have partnered to discuss the importance of increasing Latinx representation in emerging fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Join us to explore all that the world of science has to offer. This discussion will take place on Thursday, September 22 at 6 p.m. at Aurora Downtown Campus. Family activities will also be offered for the enjoyment of all.
  • Allilanchu! An interactive workshop on Quechua language and culture: The Quechua languages ​​are the most widely spoken indigenous languages ​​of the Americas, with up to 10 million speakers combined. Historically known as the language of the Inca civilization, Quechua is spoken in countries like Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and has a great influence on the richness of culture and tradition. Carlos Molina-Vita, a professor at the University of Illinois, will teach participants the main features of this language, including basic greetings and the numbering system of Southern Quechua languages. Agriculture, clothing and music will also be featured. This interactive workshop will take place on Wednesday, September 28 at 5 p.m.
  • Eschucha and Baila Conmigo: Come listen, eat and dance with us on Thursday, September 29 at noon at the Student Center Café at the Sugar Grove Campus. We’ll be playing popular Latinx music, which includes Cumbia, Salsa, Bachata, Reggaeton, and more! Refreshments will be offered.
  • Fighting the stigma: Latinx with Disabilities – Join us for a panel discussion on understanding and working with Latinx/e communities and disabilities. Members of our college and Fox Valley area communities will share their experiences and provide helpful information on how best to support Latinx/e people with disabilities.
  • Encanto Night: Come experience the magic of Disney’s Encanto on Thursday, October 6 at 5 p.m. at Aurora Downtown Campus. This free film screening, in conjunction with the Waubonse Student Life Department and the Aurora Public Library District, will take you on a journey to Colombia, where you will discover the extraordinary gifts of the Madrigal familia. Bring the family and enjoy quiet activities including fun crafts, story time, and snacks while the movie is shown. Feel free to make yourself comfortable and bring your own blankets and pillows. Estamos encantados “We are delighted” to welcome you.
  • Fiesta y Kermes “Celebration of Latin cultures” will take place on Friday, October 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Immerse yourself in Latinx culture by experiencing a kermes at Aurora Downtown Campus. The kermes aims to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with a program filled with food vendors, community organizations, live music, and the engagement of our students and community. This event is open to the public!
  • ¡Siempre Pa’late! : Take a peek at esteemed Latinx leaders in different industries and fields by visiting the bulletin boards during a rotating schedule at each of Waubonsee’s four campuses from September 15 through October 15.

To learn more about how Waubonse celebrates and recognizes Latinx leaders during Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week and to receive event details, visit waubonsee.edu/latinxheritagemonth.

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