Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month
Latinx Heritage Month, federally designated as Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988, is observed from September 15th to October 15th by celebrating the rich historical and cultural legacies of individuals whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain, and Mexico. The day of September 15th is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for multiple Latin American countries. During this 30-day period, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) and our partners in Chicana/o Studies, the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA), the LGBTQ Student Resource Center, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will facilitate programs and events that highlight historical and contemporary contributions of the Latinx community to the fabric of our campus and society. The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latina/o. That said, terms like “Hispanic” and “Latinx” are based in language that privileges non-indigenous and non-Black identities and center Eurocentric views of history. We strive to be inclusive and welcoming of all identities and for that reason share this critique.
The goals of this month are for students to walk away with new knowledge and new connections to the campus by sharing information and building community with one another. Additionally, students will be encouraged to discuss local and global events and address important issues. There will also be opportunity to discuss how Indigenous and African roots within all communities affects our ways of being and identity.
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Tri-Institutional Events: Open to the Auraria Campus and Community
Latinx Heritage Month Virtual Kickoff: Olmeca Welcome & Spoken Word Piece
This kickoff event serves as an opening and welcome to the Auraria campus and community as we begin to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.
Olmeca is a Bilingual Hip-Hop artist, producer, activist and scholar who has been featured on Complex Magazine, Billboard, NPR, Huffington Post, Noisey, and Democracy Now. His work has been featured on various documentaries on PBS, BBC World, as well as featured films. Olmeca grew up in the barrios of L.A. and Mexico, a reality that brewed his blending of music genres and cultural sensitivity. His bilingual music has earned him respect and praises in both English and Spanish news outlets and genres (Hip-Hop and Latin Alternative). Olmeca has toured Canada, Latin America and Europe and has helped spawn a new trend of bilingual Hip-hop. While everyday people respect his lyrical content, music connoisseurs value the production, and educators utilize Olmeca’s music in their classrooms. Olmeca has previously made an appearance at MSU Denver’s Latinx Leadership Summit to speak on de-colonization, and will honor us with his knowledge and work once again for this year’s Latinx Heritage month.
Somos Gente: Voices of the Past and Present
Friday, September 11th and September 25th | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Somos Gente – Voices of the Past and Present is speaker series, sponsored by MSU Denver Journey Through Our Heritage Chicana/o Studies Department and the Colorado Folk Arts Council in tribute to Latinx Heritage Month. These conversations have been created to allow students and community members a chance to hear from community leaders who address topics of historic relevance to our Chicana/o –Latinx communities. This session will feature LeRoy Saiz. For more information please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/journey/.
Machismo and Masculinity in Latinx Communities with Roberto Montoya
Tuesday, September 15th | 11:15 AM
Join us virtually for a discussion on machismo and masculinity, sponsored by the tri-institutions and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center with guest speaker Roberto Montoya. This is part of the University of Colorado Denver’s Barbershop Conversations; a space created for men-identified students of color. This space provides support for social, cultural, and identity development, and educational/career goals.
Beauty in Unity: A Conversation on Identity, Communities, and Building Bridges
Thursday, September 17th | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Virtual Q&A session with Olmeca on the topics of identity, community, and building bridges. This is an opportunity for the Auraria campus to engage and ask questions regarding Latinx Heritage Month.
Zumba with Arianna Benitez
Monday, September 21st | 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Arianna Benitez will be hosting a virtual Zumba session and discussing topics of mental and spiritual health within the Latinx community.
“Legends of La Llorona” with Dr. Renee Fajardo
Tuesday, September 22nd | 12:00 PM
Join Dr. Renee Fajardo in discussion of the variations of the Latin American folklore, La Llorona.
“Legends of La Llorona” with the The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
Tuesday, September 22nd | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
GITA and Triple F Films presents a special screening of La Llorona (2020). Grab a snack, a beverage and meet us on zoom to explore a contemporary reimagining of La Llorona's story. Set in Guatemala, this film follows the story of Alma who returns to the world of the living 30 years after being murdered with her children during a military attack.
Somos Gente: Voices of the Past and Present
Friday, September 25th | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Somos Gente – Voices of the Past and Present is speaker series, sponsored by MSU Denver Journey Through Our Heritage Chicana/o Studies Department and the Colorado Folk Arts Council in tribute to Hispanic Heritage Month. These conversations have been created to allow students and community members a chance to hear from community leaders who address topics of historic relevance to our Chicana/o –Latinx communities. This session will feature Shirley Romero-Otero. For more information please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/journey/.
Blazing Your Own Path: Business Development and Career Building
Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th
Now registering for the first annual MSU Denver American Business Leaders Festival. The purpose of the festival is to affirm the value and role of tradition and culture of American Indians living in harmony within our community. All are welcome, accepted, and encouraged to participate as we build bridges of understanding and acceptance.
Podcast by the MSU Denver Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion & The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy
Tuesday, September 29th | 5:00 PM
Listen in on a student-centered conversation as they explore the topic of anti-blackness and what it means to build community at times of social unrest.
Listen to the podcast, find it on the website: https://gitapodcast.libsyn.com/
MSU Denver Events: Open to MSU Students, Faculty, and Staff
National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week
Monday, September 14th - Sunday, September 20
The purpose of HSIs Week is to recognize 539 HSIs throughout the nation for their work and critical role in educating and empowering Hispanics/Latina/o/x. MSU Denver would like to celebrate each day by posting on social media a highlight of how MSU Denver has had an impact on our students and in our community. All posts will include #HSIWeek and tag @HACUNews. For more information, please visit the Hispanic-Serving Institution website at https://www.msudenver.edu/hispanic-serving-institution/hsiweek/.
Virtual Dreamer Workshops
Tuesday, September 15th, September 29th, October 6th | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Join these virtual workshops provided by Immigrant Services Program to learn more about the topic or ask questions.
Legal Advice Session for DACA, Refugee, International and Immigrant Students
Tuesday, September 15th, September 29th & October 13th | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtually meet with immigration attorneys for up to 30 minutes to learn about important dates, the status of DACA, review forms, learn about your rights, and questions you might have about immigration law. This is provided by Immigrant Services Program.
1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform Discussion with Lance Tsosie
Thursday, September 24th | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Join the conversation to discuss more about the importance of storytelling and the Latinx and Indigenous experiences of the characters from Sabrina & Corina, as we prepare for the author visit on Wednesday, October 14th. This discussion will be facilitated by Lance Tsosie from the MSU Denver’s Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion. For more information on the book discussions, please visit: 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform
Latinx Femme Hip Hop Dance Night with Sister Circles
Friday, September 25th | 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Join CMEI, GITA, and dance instructor, Gina Medina for a lesson in Latin Hip Hop. Through conversation and choreography, Gina will encourage attendees to embrace their bodies and beauty as a form of self-love and expression.
Music, Race, & Social Justice Virtual Visiting Artist Series
Thursday, October 1st & October 15th | 5:00 PM
Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Music with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a virtual visiting-guest-artist performance series with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Geared toward showcasing diverse artists and spurring conversation about race and social justice, the series highlights the work of musicians, performers and scholars who identify as Black, Indigenous or Persons of Color. All Roadrunners and community members are welcome to join in as well as share these events far and wide. Please contact Liz Macy, Ph.D., assistant professor, Ethnomusicology, for a Microsoft Teams event link and for more information on upcoming performances. For a full list of performances and information, please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/music/events/
Reclaiming Schooling/ Recuperando la Enseñanza: radically reimagining the work of education: 2020 Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Wednesday, October 7th & Thursday, October 8th
For registration and more information please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/castro/
1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform Virtual Author Visit with Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Wednesday, October 14th | 11:00 AM
Please join fellow MSU Denver students, faculty, and staff to welcome the author from the 2020-2021 1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform book selection, Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. She will give a keynote talk followed by a Q&A. For registration and more information please visit: https://www.msudenver.edu/1Book