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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 Student Affairs, the Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA), the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA), Chicana/o Studies, 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. Students will be encouraged to discuss local and global events and address important issues. Additionally, CMEI will provide programs in the spirit of Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope, in accordance with the statement provided by the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers.

Keep scrolling down to view all events for this month!

Maria Hinojosa in front of a brick building wearing a light blue shirt.

Tuesday, September 7th | 10:30AM-7:00PM: Richard T. and Virginia M. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship: RePRESSente: Broadcasting Nuestras Historias

This year’s theme highlights Latina journalists who tell the stories of Latino/a and other marginalized communities and features a virtual keynote address by 2021 Richard T. and Virginia M. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professor Maria Hinojosa.

Wednesday, September 15th | 11:00AM-1:00PM: Mariachi Performance at Fall Fest

This kickoff event serves as an opening and welcome to the Auraria campus and community as we begin to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month. Come enjoy a mariachi performance alongside Fall Fest activities provided by the Auraria campus. Fall Fest is a two-day festival that brings together the campus community. Student organizations and campus departments promote their organizations while nonprofit and for-profit vendors invite the campus community to learn more about the products and services they provide.

Hispanic Serving Institution logo

September 20th – September 24th: Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week

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. For more information, please visit the HSI Week website.

Monday, September 20th | 11:00AM-1:00PM: Art Gallery Presentation by Latino Cultural Arts Center Denver in the Tivoli Turnhalle

The Latino Cultural Arts Center Denver is committed to harnessing the creative economy by putting its transformative power in the hands of artists, families, youth, and educators. CMEI has partnered with LCAC to present about its art gallery to the MSU Denver community.

Thursday, September 30th | 5:00PM-7:00PM: Screening of “In the Heights” in the Tivoli Turnhalle

As a part of Homecoming week, join MSU Denver students in the Tivoli Turnhalle for a screening of In the Heights. A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.

Friday, October 1st |  1:00pm-2:00pm | Community Discussion of “In the Heights”

CMEI and GITA invites Auraria students, faculty staff and community members to join us for a student led discussion on the film In the Heights. Participants who are unable to attend the September 30th screening in the Tivoli Turnhalle are able to view the film virtually on HBO Max, Hulu, or can request a watch code for participants who are unable to access these streaming services. Additionally, virtual watchers are invited to pick up a complimentary snack pack at GITA the week of the event (September 27-30th). GITA is located in the Boulder Creek Building, Room 132 and is open Monday through Friday from 9-5pm.

Monday, October 4th | 11:00AM-3:00PM: Food Truck Mondays

Find a variety of Latinx cuisine from local Denver food trucks from 11am-3pm at the Lawrence Way turnaround between St. Cajetan’s and the King Center. Plan ahead and treat yourself!

Thursday, October 7th | 4:15PM-5:15PM: Zumba Session with the Health Center in PE Building Room 116

Join the CMEI, the Auraria Health Center, and Healthy Pursuits Zumba instructor, Cathy Phelps for a Zumba class. Through conversation and choreography, Cathy will encourage attendees to embrace their bodies and beauty as a form of self-love and expression. For this in-person classes, equipment is provided and wear clothing that you can move and stretch in as well as comfortable shoes. You do not need to sign up in advance to attend the classes. When you arrive, you will sign in before taking the class.

Tuesday, October 12th | 11:00AM-12:00PM: Mental Health and Latinx Students – Counseling Center Virtual Workshop

Latinx students often face many challenges with adjusting to the university environment. This workshop, facilitated by Emanuel Hermosillo, M.A. Advanced Practicum student will provide a safe space to identify and obtain support for these challenges through health coping techniques.


Thursday, October 14th | 11:00AM-1:30PM: Yosimar and I Love My UndocuPeers with Immigrant Services

Join Immigrant Services in collaborations with the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy, the LGBTQ Student Resource Center, and CU Denver’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the Tivoli Turnhalle to enjoy some wonderful performances from local drag stars and the moving poetry of Yosimar Reyes, a queer undocumented immigrant poet and activist born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in East San Jose, California. Yosimar focuses on issues affecting queer immigrants in the US and around the world.

Friday, October 15th | 1:00PM-3:00PM Community Panel on Brown Struggle and Anti-blackness

Join CMEI, BLACXERA, AAS, CHS and GITA as we close out LatinX Heritage Month with a virtual panel discussion. This panel will feature students, faculty and community members engaging and unpacking topics related to the histories of black and brown struggle and in particular, addressing the anti-blackness that is perpetuated in LatinX communities both historically and in the present day, carefully examining the complex and multifaceted realities of different communities.

Friday, October 15th | Correcaminos Night with Roadrunners Athletics

Get a free Correcaminos t-shirt and cheer on your favorite Roadrunners Athletics team! In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, attend one of the following games for your chance to get a free Correcaminos t-shirt (while supplies last).

Men’s Soccer v. Colorado Mesa

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Women’s Soccer v. New Mexico Highlands

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Volleyball vs. Chadron State

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Please Follow The Links Below For Additional Events Provided By Campus And Community Partners

A complete list of events provided by Immigrant Services for the Fall 2021 Semester are provided below:

Undocupeers Training

Roadrunners are invited to attend a six-hour professional-development training to raise awareness about the realities and challenges faced by undocumented students and the resources available to them. The material is based on a workshop developed by undocumented students and the advocacy group United We Dream. Masks will be required for this in-person training, and capacity is limited to 40 participants, so be sure to reserve your spot today.

Discussion & Processing Spaces For Dreamer Students

Join other Dreamer college students on Zoom to talk about your thoughts, emotions, worries, and hopes for the future! Hear from counselors and mental health professionals about healthy and productive coping mechanisms! Take part in virtual relaxation activities!

Legal Advice Session

Virtually meet with immigration attorneys for up to 30 minutes to learn about important updates, the status of DACA, review forms, learn about your rights, and questions you might have about
immigration law!

Know Your Rights Workshop

Hear from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition about your rights, responsibilities, and resources when interacting with ICE or law enforcement!


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