Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month Celebration 2022

Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation

¡Bienvenidos! “Unidos: “Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation” is more than just a theme. It is a way of life. People fight every day to protect their beliefs and way of being. That is why this theme illustrates the fighting spirit of not just Latinos, but all groups of people. Join the Latino Student Association, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and the UMW learning community in engaging, exploring, and recognizing the celebration of Latino Identities Month through educational seminars, film, art, music, Latin spice, and other activities! Come out and join the fiesta! ¡Hasta pronto!

Kick-off Celebration

Thursday, Sept. 15 | 4 p.m. | Ball Circle
Rain location: Chandler Ballroom, University Center

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

Empowerhouse Drive

Thursday September 15 – Friday October 14 | James Farmer Multicultural Center, University Center, room 319

LSA is sponsoring a month-long drive to support the mission and recipients of Empowerhouse, a locate emergency shelter that provides housing, services and support to women and children of domestic violence. View a list of donation items from Empowerhouse.  You may bring your donations to the James Farmer Multicultural Center located in the University Center, room 319. The JFMC is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Black-Brown Dialogue on Our Immigration Fight

Tuesday, Sept. 20 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C

Co-sponsored by the NAACP College Chapter

For the past few decades Black and Brown communities have faced insurmountable challenges in the United states due to the crisis of Immigration. In this program, representatives from both communities will be addressing these shared issues in our fight to be recognized and treated with humanity and dignity. Some of these issues include the struggles of what it takes to travel to the U.S., migrant workers and their impact on the country’s food supply, workers’ rights, economic exploitation, and other hot issues within the Latinx community. Join us to learn more information on how you can get involved to help solve these issues and more.  Also, individuals will have an opportunity to register to vote at the program.

Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Wednesdays: Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5 | 5 p.m. | room 213, Combs Hall

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

Latino Identities Month Major Performance: De Tierra Caliente Band

Thursday, Sept. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

A group of four people with vivid art behind them, one person holds a fluteDe Tierra Caliente is a Latin fusion band whose music fills the air with bright colors and gets everybody up and dancing. Catchy melodies and unaffected lyrics fuse with Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian rhythms to inspire an irresistible North/South American party.
Since its formation in 2014, this flavorful band from Philly and Puerto Rico has released 2 full-length albums and played hundreds of shows throughout the US, Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.
De Tierra Caliente delivers the sabor, spice and alegría of warm-weather countries to American audiences, where formidable winters and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic sometimes overshadow simple pleasures like sharing a meal with friends or going out dancing. At a show you can’t help but heat up as intoxicating songs in Spanish, English and Portuguese sing out the bright colors and familial warmth of a South American kitchen.


Our foodbank and the Fredericksburg Latino Community:  General info session and service opportunity
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Thursday September 22nd |  4:00 pm
Location: TBA

Come and join us in this general info session about the Fredericksburg Regional Foodbank. Learn about how it has served the Latino community and how YOU may become a volunteer. Presentation followed by Q & A.

LIM Soccer Tournament

Saturday, Sept. 24 | 10:00 a.m. | Campus Recreation Field
Rain Date: Sunday, October 2, 2022

Co-Sponsored by Campus Recreation and Club Soccer
Come enjoy a fun day of playing soccer against other UMW clubs and organizations! To sign up a team, contact LSA at

Trip to National Museum of the American Latino

Sunday, Sept. 25 | 9:00 a.m. | Meet at GW Parking Lot

UMW students are invited to join LSA members on a trip to visit the premiere exhibit of “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States.” This exhibit is at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in attending, you must register here and pay a $10 fee to cover the metro fare.

“Music: The Latin Touch”

Tuesday, Sept. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | The Underground, Lee Hall

UMW Jazz Ensemble Celebrates Latino Identities Month performing music, inspired by the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Latin music. The concert is free and open to the public.

Pride in Banderas Activity

Saturday, Oct. 1 | 11 a.m. | Rucker University Center, 2nd Floor Lobby

Come join LSA in a brief history of history and meaning of flags from various Latin American cultures followed by artistic creation. Make your own colorful flag on a keychain and showcase your pride in country.

Latino Melting Pot Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 4 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center
Cost with Campus Meal Plan is one meal swipe or $13 Flex.  The cost for EagleOne or credit card purchase is $15.00

Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Join the students of the 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. Come get a taste of the Latin flava!

Sabor Latino

Wednesday, Oct. 5 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

This event will showcase the many different countries and concepts we introduced this month. Join us as we enjoy authentic Latin cuisine, fashion show, music, games & more. ¡Hasta pronto!


UMW continues to monitor campus, local, and statewide COVID-19 data and has instituted protocols to protect our campus community.  These protocols include requiring proper mask wearing while indoors, obtaining contact information from event attendees for contact tracing, and requesting that the University be notified of any positive COVID test within 14 days of attending an event at UMW.  The University may also implement additional restrictions if cases increase on campus or in the region including, but not limited to, requiring proof of vaccination or a recent negative test, reducing occupancy limits at events, or restricting attendance to UMW community members only.  We encourage you to check our website for updates prior to arriving to campus for a scheduled event.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or  Visit  

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