The University of West Georgia, with the help of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI), will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year to commemorate Americans who are descendants from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The observation is to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of these ancestors.
“The Hispanic Heritage Month celebration recognizes the contribution made by Latino Americans to the United States,” said Doris Kieh, Program Coordinator for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
The CDI, along with the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday, Oct. 13 with guest speakers in the Campus Center Ballroom. The event will take place at 7:00 p.m. and will feature a mother-daughter duo of speakers.
Monica Maldonado, President of Interprint Communications, Inc., and her daughter Veronica Maldonado, Program Director of Georgia Mentor Protégé Connection, are scheduled to appear. They will focus on the national theme of Hispanic Heritage Month for this year, which is, “Hispanics: A Legacy of History, A Present Action and A Future of Success.”
Monica and Veronica Maldonado are also both apart of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council as the Vice Chair and Director, respectively.
Prior to the evening speakers, the campus will celebrate Luso-Hispanic Day with activities in the Campus Center Ballroom from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The CDI will co-sponsor this event with the Latino Cultural Society, Lambda Theta Phi and Lambda Theta Alpha.
The CDI recognizes all heritage months throughout the year including African American History Month, Native Americans Month, and Women’s History Month. Each spring, the CDI and other offices and groups throughout the University of West Georgia host the Multicultural Festival. This festival is a way for a variety of heritages to celebrate their history and culture with displays, food and entertainment.
“We have in the Center for Diversity and Inclusion a Hispanic display of pictures, artifacts, books, et cetera,” Kieh continued. “Professors are invited to send their students to tour the display and pick up copies of the Hispanic quiz.”
The CDI focuses on allowing students to help as much as possible with events throughout the school year. They encourage students to team up with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion to help with planning, promoting and being a part of all events.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is located on the second level of Row Hall on the East side. Students are encouraged to stop by and visit the variety of displays throughout the year that will change depending on the celebration each month.