Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month Celebration 2020

¡Bienvenid@s! Latino Student Association, the James Farmer Multicultural Center, and the UMW campus community would like to invite you to this year’s Latino Identities Month. Our theme, Comunidad, was inspired by the hardships that we overcame together throughout 2020. Refresh yourselves from our time in quarantine and join us at our educational seminars, thrilling dance nights, and our main event, Sabor Latino! Learn and experience more of our Latino culture through our role in society today, including different fashion styles and unforgettable traditional food. Be a part of our comunidad once again. ¡Chau!

Kick-off Celebration
Tuesday, Sept. 15 | 4 p.m.
Register here for the Latino Identities Month Kickoff..

Begin exploring Latino culture through a celebration that fuses educational events, performances, and fun. Meet members of the Latino Student Association, learn more about the club and their activities and events, and discover what wonderful programs are featured through the month-long celebration.


Tuesday September 15 – Thursday October 15 | Canvas (

Would you like to learn more about the inspiring, rich, varied history and experiences, arts and literatures of Latina/o/x in the United States? Visit our Cosecha/Harvest learning Canvas platform to access documentaries, podcasts, and more. Do it at your own pace, driven by your own interests and passions from home… wherever home is to you right now. For more information, contact Professor María Laura Bocaz,


Latino Identities Month Keynote Musical Performance
Tuesday, Sept. 22 | 6 p.m.
Register for the Latino Identities Month Keynote Performance: Quimbao

A group of smiling musicians holding their instruments wearing black shirts saying "Quimbao"


The Latin band, Quimbao, was created in 2010. Oscar Perez, pianist and director of the musical group, began his musical career in Peru more than 25 years ago. The members are musicians from different Latin countries and also have a great musical trajectory. Quimbao is one of the best bands in the Washington, DC area (Virginia, Maryland, DC.). They are very popular and have performances every week. They have a recorded a CD and won two awards. Quimbao has performed in different states (universities, festivals and private events) and play almost all Latin rhythms like salsa, merengue, cumbia, bachata, Latin jazz and many more. Please join us for this live musical performance!

Friday, Sept. 25 | 7 p.m.
Register for ¡Bailemos! 

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!

The Latino Americans:  Prejudice & Pride
Monday, September 28  |  5:00 pm  |  Register here for the Human Rights Film Series: The Latino Americans.

Details the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity, as labor leaders organize farmworkers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies, and empowerment in the political process.

Immigration and the Struggle for Equality and Liberation
Wednesday, Sept. 30 | 6 p.m.
Register for the Immigration and Struggle for Equality and Liberation.

As COVID-19 continues to sweep across the world, the social justice issues of Black and brown communities become further exposed and protested. While the root of these protests go from issues such as police brutality, the prison system, and colorism in our communities, they are also followed by communities that continue to struggle with overcrowded immigration detention centers, a battle with DACA recipients, and disproportionate cases of COVID-19 itself. Join the James Farmer Multicultural Center, the Black Student Association, UMW NAACP, Data Mavens, and the Latino Student Association for discussions on relevant and encapsulating topics on immigration and the struggle for equality and liberation.


Movie Night: “Shine”
Monday, Oct 5 | 8:00 p.m.
Register for the Movie Night: “Shine”

Two Puerto Rican brothers from New York’s Spanish Harlem and the street’s best Salsa dancers, are separated after a tragedy only to reunite years later on opposing sides of gentrification.  BYOPS – Bring your own popcorn and snacks!


Sabor Latino
Wednesday, Oct. 7 | 6 p.m.
Register for Sabor Latino

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 showcase live, authentic Latin cuisine demonstration, interactive and exciting performances, a fashion show and music! ¡Hasta pronto!


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

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