Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month Celebration 2019
Being Latino in the U.S.

¡Bienvenid@s!  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. Discover a unique, rich culture through samples of music and art, and get a taste of that Latin spice!  In addition, there will be educational seminars to address and raise awareness of current issues many Latino and Spanish-speaking communities face. Through these activities and experiences, you will get a view of not only the culture but the role Latinos play in our community. Come out and join the fiesta! ¡Hasta pronto!

Kick-off Celebration

Monday, Sept. 16 | 4 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain location: Chandler Ballroom, University Center

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.

Creating a New Culture I: Book Exhibition

Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 5 p.m. | Simpson Library

Several books, maps and artifacts will be on exhibit in the Simpson Library about the encounter between Montezuma and Cortés, México 1519. Participants will gain a better knowledge of the literature and culture of the Latin world.

Maraca Workshop

Tuesday, Sept. 17 | 6:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

This is a maraca workshop led by two skilled artisans from Puerto Rico. Participants will learn about the process of creating, assembling, and painting the maraca, an instrument of bomba music.  Materials will be provided.


Friday, Sept. 20 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Dance has been used as a means of expression throughout the Latino culture. Over time, each country has created and perfected their own rhythm, incorporating what they’ve learned from others as well. Come join the Latino Student Association for a night filled with music and dancing. We will introduce and demonstrate an abundance of Latin dances and invite you to learn and show off your moves! See you there!

Latino Melting Pot Dinner

Tuesday, Sept. 24 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center

Cost with Campus Meal Plan: 1 meal swipe.  For other prices, please check the Dining website at

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!

Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Wednesdays: Sept. 25, and Oct. 2, 9 | 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.

Woman in a purple button down shirt smilingLatino Identities Month Keynote Speaker: Dilcia Molina Sanchez

Wednesday, Sept. 25 | 7 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom A/B, University Center

Dilcia Molina Sanchez is a social psychologist, popular educator, feminist and activist. She came to US under political asylum while her family was tortured by paramilitary group because of her role defending human rights abuses against the LGBTQ community and fighting to prevent human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of minors in Central America. Although Dilcia wanted to come back to her country, the assassination of her best friend (whose body was thrown in a dump with a label that said: “Here is where all the homosexuals should be”) precluded from such a trip. That was the beginning of her work at La Clinica del Pueblo (The People’s Clinic) in D.C. and Empowerhouse in VA, where she is currently working, and it is also a safe space and sanctuary that has contributed to her process of resilience. She is also the founder-director of a grassroots organization dedicated to monitoring Human and Civil Rights of Latina Women in Virginia. Madre Tierra has offered expert opinion for USCIS regarding cases political asylum regarding women involved in domestic violence, sexual trafficking, forced marriages and hate crimes.

“Music: The Latin Touch”

Friday, Sept. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Digital Auditorium, Hurley Convergence Center

The UMW Department of Music will celebrate Latino Identities Month with a presentation of Jazz and Classical music, inspired by the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Latin music. Come and enjoy an evening of music as these groups share the excitement of music with the “Latin Touch.”  The concert is free and open to the public.

Among Radicals and Fools: Juan de Cabriada and the Transformation of Spanish Medical Culture in the Late Seventeenth-Century

Monday, Sept. 30 | 5:00 p.m. | Room 139, Combs Hall

Dr. Nicolás Fernández-Medina, Associate Professor of Spanish and Philosophy at The Pennsylvania State University, will speak about a case from his recent book—Life Embodied: The Promise of Vital Force in Spanish Modernity (McGill-Queen’s UP, 2018)—that highlighted the birth of modern medico-philosophical concepts of body and disease in Spain: Juan de Cabriada’s Carta filosofica medico-chymica (1687). The letter documents a medical case in the court of Madrid, yet it offers so much more by conveying a great story about an ailing Duke, his grueling purging and bloodletting treatments, endless courtly intrigues and feuds, and the brilliant machinations of a young twenty-two-year-old physician whose ambition helped changed the course of modern Spanish medicine!

Peruvian Cuisine Live: A Cooking and Tasting Experience

Tuesday, Oct. 1 | 5 p.m. | Randolph Hall Lounge Area

Peruvian cuisine has gone through an explosion of international recognition with dishes being recognized worldwide as one of the finest, most original synthesis of Andean and European influences. While not as ubiquitous as Mexican or Caribbean food, in recent decades there has been a proliferation of Peruvian food establishments.  Some dishes (such as Peruvian rotisserie chicken) have been adopted by the greater U.S. LatinX community and are now served alongside tacos, rice and beans and other Latin food staples in the U.S.  Students will participate in the preparing of three Peruvian dishes, taste them, and learn about the origin, use and cultural importance of the ingredients and dishes produced. Students will reflect about how food and identities are linked.

The Current Reality of Immigration

Wednesday, Oct. 2 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

The controversial issue of immigration has been at the forefront of the news cycle for the past few years. Recently, it has gained renewed importance.  Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Latino Student Association for an insightful discussion on the history of U.S. intervention in Central and South America, ICE and CBP treatment of asylum seekers, the truth about borders and walls, the positive impact of immigration on the U.S. economy, and the future fight for immigrant rights.

Creating a New Culture II: Poetry Readings

Thursday, Oct. 3 | 5 p.m. | Combs Hall, Room 139

Poetry reading of native Mayans, Aztecs and significant texts of the first Spanish colonizers in Mexico in 1519 will be given by professors and students about the transcendental encounter of two cultures and two poetry vision: the ancient Mayans, Aztecs and the Spanish.  (With the special collaboration of LCL.)

Movie Night: “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero”

Monday, Oct. 7 | 8:00 p.m. | Ball Circle

Rain Location: Colonnade Room, University Center

Cesar Chavez was a civil- rights activist, known for creating a Latino voice in a society where there was none. He resembles an image of empowerment and its through his story we learn the true Latino perspective. The film entails the American dream and demonstrates the efforts to achieve this dream. Join the Latino Student Association for a night under the stars and witness the life and courage of this American hero. Popcorn and a few refreshments will be provided!

Creating a New Culture III: Clash of Two Empires: Montezuma and Cortes’, Mexico 1519

Tuesday, Oct. 8  | 5 p.m. | Combs Hall, Room 139

UMW professors, Drs. Betsy Lewis (Chair, MLL), Ana Chichester (MLL), Marcelo Fajardo-Cardenas (MLL), and Antonio Barrenechea (ELC), will discuss the different perspectives on the encounter of these two cultures in the creation of a New World.  A poetry reading by students will also be provided with the objective of remembering the transcendental encounter of two different cultures in ancient Mexico by the arrival of the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés and his discovery with the world of the Mayans and Aztecs and his encounter with the Emperor Moctezuma in 1519, five centuries ago.  (With special collaboration of LCL).

Sabor Latino

Wednesday, Oct. 9 | 6 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom, University Center

Come out and help us wrap up our LIM celebration with Sabor Latino. This event will showcase the many different countries and concepts we introduced this month. Join us as we enjoy authentic Latin cuisine, interactive and exciting performances, music, a fashion show and more! ¡Hasta pronto!


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