September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month is a month long celebration which features many opportunities to celebrate our rich Hispanic culture and history of the United States and to dialogue about challenges and contributions of the Hispanic community in today's society.

The following events are part of the 2006 GVSU Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and unless noted otherwise are sponsored or co-sponsored by the College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Housing and Residence Life, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, Seidman College of Business, School of Communications, School of Social Work, Women and Gender Studies.  With the cooperation of Latino Student Union and Women's Center.


2006 Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Event
Monday, September 18
12 - 2:00 pm

Location: Grand River Room, 250 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus


This year's Hispanic Heritage Month will begin with a celebration featuring food, music and a presentation on the origin of the serenade.  Selene Lacayo, Executive Director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will explain the history and why this musical expression is popular in Hispanic culture.  Attendees will enjoy various samples of dishes from local Hispanic restaurants while listening to a trio perform a serenade in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanics in West Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities
Tuesday, September 19
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Location: Cook-Dewitt Center, Allendale Campus


Wednesday, September 20
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Location: Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Campus

Facilitator: José L. Reyna, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Grand Rapids.   José Reyna, a prominent Hispanic leader in Grand Rapids will speak about the Hispanic demographic in West Michigan.  This fast-growing population heavily impacts local businesses, the economy and the culture.  Learn the challenges, opportunities and the influence Hispanics have in the area.  Refreshments will be provided.


Guitarist, Ernesto Bitetti
Thursday, September 28
12 - 1:00 pm

Location: Cook-Dewitt Center, Allendale Campus

Ernesto Bitetti, a native of Argentina, is one of the most recorded guitarists in the world.  Bitetti will perform a program of music from the Spanish and Latin American Collection including titles written by Villalobos, Moreno, Albéniz, Cardoso, Piazolla and others.

Sponsored by: The Arts at Noon Series from the Music and Dance Department. 
Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.


Movie: "Buscando a Leti"   ("In Search of Leti")  The Life of Immigrants
Thursday, September 28
4 - 6:30 pm

Location: 175 Lake Michigan Hall, Allendale Campus

Dalia Tapia, born in Mexico and raised in the United States will present her movie "In Search of Leti".  An alumna of the Columbia College MFA Film program, Tapia filmed "in Search of Leti" in Chicago and Mexico in 2004.  The film portrays the conflict that immigrants confront when they leave their home countries and their relatives for the promise of a better life.  A discussion with the filmmaker will follow.  Refreshments will be provided.

Hispanic Poetry
Monday, October 2
4 - 5:30 pm

Location:  Pere Marquette Room, 204 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Join us to celebrate the magic of the word.  Three Hispanic published poets, Zulema Moret from Modern Languages and Literatures at GVSU, Juana Goergen from DePaul University and Alvaro Leiva from University of Michigan, will recite their works in Spanish and English.  Poets will have their published works for purchase and signing after the event.  Refreshments will be provided.


Hispanic Business Forum
Wednesday, October 4
12 - 2:00 pm

Location: Loosemore Auditorium, Pew Campus

President of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Frank Coronado and Business Consultant, Dante Villareal, from Small Business and Technology Development Center at GVSU, will lead a discussion regarding Hispanic business in West Michigan.  There will be additional Hispanic business leaders who will serve on the panel, including, Martha Cerda, 2005 Latina of the Year; Jorge Gonzalez, GVSU Alumnus and 2005 Latino of the Year; and Sandra Ramos from Chemical Bank.  Please participate in the discussion regarding the economic potential and actual impact of Hispanics in business in West Michigan.  Refreshments will be provided.


Spanglish: The New Linguistic Hybrid
Thursday, October 5
1 - 2:00 pm

Location: 215/216 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Join us to learn about the new "language" that has emerged in the United States due to the blending of the English and Spanish languages.  The overlapping of both languages and their respective cultures has created an underground way of speaking that impacts Hispanics in the United States.  Spanglish is manifested on a daily basis through conversations, music and literature.  Refreshments will be provided.


Hispanic Women: Hopes, Dreams and Cultural Realities
Wednesday, October 11
3 - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Cook-Dewitt Center, Allendale Campus

Khedija Gadhoum, GVSU Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Literatures with expertise in women's writing in Africa and Latin America, will moderate a diverse panel of speakers to discuss the issues Hispanic women face in American society along with their thoughts, dreams and challenges.  Please join us to participate in this discussion.  Refreshments will be provided.


Latino Student Union Annual Dinner and Dance
Saturday, October 14
7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Location: Grand River Room, 250 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

To close out the 2006 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration the entire GVSU campus and community is  welcome to join LSU for the authentic Latino Student Union Annual Dinner and Dance.  The evening will feature Latin food and entertainment.  After dining, join the group for an evening of dancing to the latest hip-hop, R & B, reggae, salsa, merengue and much more.  No admission fee or cost to guests.

Sponsored by: Latino Student Union

For more Information regarding Hispanic Heritage Month:
Sandra Fernandez-Tardani
Assistant Director
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Phone: (616) 331-2177














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