As Latinx Heritage Month (nationally known as Hispanic Heritage Month) closes, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite events from the month. All of the events were amazing and the month entirely was an absolute success. My top favorite events were the Sustainable to Store Bought Screening, Brazil: Culture and Traditions, and Latinx Immigration Panel. These events highlighted the diversity of the Latinx community.
The Sustainable to Store Bought Screening was nostalgic for me. The film shown was intriguing because it was about a local Springfield family grocery shopping and a family in Mexico showing how they cook and what they eat. In Mexico, people usually butcher their own animals and sell or eat them. Here in the United States, most food items are easily accessible compared to in Latin American countries. It brought back several memories of me visiting Mexico. I was able to see all the tools that my grandma uses in her daily life in Mexico, such as a tortilla press. During the dialogue, a student from China brought up the point that areas of China are similar to those that were shown in Mexico (rural wise). I was also able to share my love of authentic Mexican queso and tortillas during the dialogue. Mexican food is full of an array of options and is so unique, similar to other Latinx cultures.
The Brazil: Culture and Traditions were incredibly informative and fun. I was able to learn a lot more about the different regions of Brazil and their customs and culture. During the presentation, I learned Brazil has the 5th largest population in the world (197 million people). It was also brought to our attention how the cost of living there can be as low as 30% of the cost in Europe/United States. The presenter also taught us more about the Brazilian Carnival that takes place across Brazil and even had someone perform samba and other traditional dances that are seen during Carnival and other celebrations. The presentation ranged from topics of entertainment, food, regions, etc. that were all educational and interesting to hear about.
The Latinx Panel was incredible! The panel consisted of diverse lawyers and advocates from Springfield, Columbia, and Kansas City. The panelists each had a unique perspective and I greatly valued that. The first few questions were the most important because they helped clear the air about DACA and immigration in the United States in general. I had not realized there were few ways to migrate to the United States legally.They all explained how the future could include all sorts of unexpected turn of events, but overall hope the best solution is found and that Congress is held accountable.
I wanted to include two bonus events. They are the Carnaval Banquet and the Angel Colon presentation (Keynote collaboration with SAC). Carnaval was so special in the aspect that it celebrated all the different Latinx cultures and countries and celebrated inclusivity. The performances and food were perfect. Angel Colon’s presentation was inspiring and uplifting. His words filled you with so much hope and passion. He emphasized on forgiveness, hope, and how to move forward when terrible situations occur. His story was beautiful and was incredibly down to earth. Overall Latinx Heritage Month was full of joy and celebrations. The Multicultural Programs and students organizations worked incredibly hard to plan the month beautifully and it showed. I am so excited for future events and delighted for next year’s celebrations.
P.S. I apologize for the long post, I just really love Latinx Heritage Month!