Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month 2017
Our History Defines and Strengthens Us

Bienvenidos!  We invite you to come and learn more about the Latino community as we celebrate our different talents and customs. Our history defines and strengthens us in a myriad of ways that ranges from literature, movies, politics, education, music, and even comedic acts reflected in today’s Latino community. Please join the Latino Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center as we examine the significant roles Latinos play in further defining and highlighting their rich and colorful culture and heritage.  Hasta luego!

Kick-off Celebration

Friday, Sept. 15 | 4 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain location: The Underground, Lee Hall

Begin exploring Latino culture through a celebration that fuses food, live entertainment, and fun. Meet members of the Latino Student Association and discover what wonderful programs are featured through the month-long celebration.

Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Wednesdays: Sept. 20, 27 and Oct. 4, 11 | 5 p.m. | Room 237, Combs Hall

Through film and literature, this program offers a historic and cultural vision about the different countries in Latin America. Additionally, this program celebrates the rich and diverse culture of different Latin American countries and promotes the importance to our students.


Thursday Poems

Thursday, Sept. 21 | 5 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Sponsored by the Departments of English, Linguistics, and Communication and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bilingual readings of the works of Junot Diaz, a native of the Dominican Republic and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao. His works speak of love, life and the American Dream.  Drs. Maria Bocaz and Gary Richards will provide a selection of readings from his works.


Movie Night: “Selena”

Wednesday, September 27  |  7 p.m. | Colonnade Room, University Center

The film tells the story of Latin Queen Selena Quintanilla-Perez, who was the most popular Latin singer at the time of her tragic death at the age of only 23 years in 1995. The film tells the story of the Tejano singer as she is accidentally discovered by her own father at the age of 10. Her life story takes off when Jennifer Lopez accurately portrays Selena through her unforgettable concerts, her family struggles, and her secret marriage to her guitarist Chris Perez.


Santiago de Compostela, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages

Tuesday, Sept. 26 | 5:00 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Prof José Suárez Otero, University of Santiago de Compostela.



Bomba: Afro-Puerto Rican Dance Workshop

Saturday, Sept. 30 | 3 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Bomba is one of the traditional music styles of Puerto Rico, a fusion of the Spanish, African, and Taino cultures. Semilla Cultural, a nonprofit group dedicated to cultivating Puerto Rican arts in Virginia, will teach a Bomba dance workshop.  Audience members will learn the basics of bomba dance, different dance movements and enjoy live music. Join Semilla Cultural and LSA and learn about Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance!


UMW Jazz Ensemble’s Latin Jazz Night 

Monday, Oct. 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

The band explores various Latin sounds and rhythms which had, and continues to have, a major impact on jazz. The group will present the music of Tito Puente, Perez Prado, Chucho Valdes, Consuelo Velazquez, Jobim, Poncho Sanchez, Santana, and many more.



Latino Melting Pot Dinner

Thursday, Oct. 5 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center
For cost and details contact Campus Dining at or 540-654-2169
Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Join the students of Latino Student Association for the Latino Melting Pot Dinner. Meet the LSA Executive Board and learn about the diverse cultures and the foods of Latin America.


Latino Identities Month Keynote Performer: Ernie G.
Friday, Oct. 6 | 7 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

Ernie G., Latino comedian

Ernie G is one of the hottest, multi-talented, young Latino entertainers in the country today. His comedy has been seen by millions of TV viewers on shows, such as Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” B.E.T.’s “Comic View,” Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star,” & Sí TV’s “Funny is Funny!” He is one of the original starts of Galavisión’s hit comedy show, “Qué Locos!” hosted by George Lopez. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with his B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies, Ernie has developed his own unique form of Comedy he calls “Latino Edutainment – Educating and Entertaining with a Latino Flavor!” and has performed for many of the country’s top organizations and corporations, including Disney, Pepsi-Co, General Mills, U.S. Armed Forces, National Council de la Raza, Latin American Educational Foundation and the Hispanic College Fund. He was honored by the City of Los Angeles with the 1st-ever Mario Moreno “Cantínflas” Award for “…representing the Latino community with the same humor and distinction as the legendary Mario Moreno “Cantínflas” and who, like Cantínflas, utilizes his power to help those most in need.”

Feria/Dinner Theater

Thursday, Oct. 12 | 5 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Latin cuisine is one of the most recognized and unique aspects of our cultures. Varied and diverse, the food of Central and South America is unlike any other.  Come share the night with us and take your taste buds on a journey as we sample dishes from different Latin American countries. For entertainment, Semilla Cultural will offer a performance that will include a variety of bomba rhythms, singers and dancers. The performance will be fun and interactive, allowing for public participation.


For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 or visit our web page at