By Tatiana Diaz – The Collegiate Staff
Grand Rapids Community College will have its first Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Oct. 11 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center’s ballrooms 118-124.
The event is hosted by The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equality and Inclusion, and its organizers intend to showcase hispanic heritage and culture.
“The whole idea about it is to create awareness and educate, if you will, on the diversity we [Latinos] bring to the country,” said Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equality and Inclusion. “That is from food, art, thought, and other things, so we are just highlighting what those things are.”
The event will exhibit art from Latin American artists Erick Picardo and Arturo Morales, both of whom recently presented their work in ArtPrize. They will be presenting about 16 of their pieces to the community.
Lunch will be provided by local restaurants allowing attendees to sample an array of Latino dishes. After lunch, GRCC’s Hispanic Student Organization has prepared a folkloric dance in honor of the celebration.
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. It was established in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to celebrate the various Latin Americans living in the United States. There are numerous Latin American countries – like Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and more – that celebrate their independence during this time, so the dates commemorating hispanic heritage are significant to Latin American culture.
“It really is just sharing our culture with other people that want to know more about it,” Hernandez-Gomez said.
This open house style event is open to the public so students and community members can learn and celebrate together. The first 100 GRCC students to attend will receive a free t-shirt. As an added bonus, parking will be free to GRCC students.