Latino Identities Month

Latino Identities Month Celebration 2021

El Progreso de la Curación

¡Bienvenidos!  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. Adventure into a distinct, fruitful culture through art and music, 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 gain a new perspective of not only the culture but the role Latinos play in our community. Come out and join the fiesta! ¡Hasta pronto!


Kick-off Celebration

Wednesday, Sept. 15 | 4 p.m. | 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.


Wednesday September 15 – Friday 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 Performance:  El Caribefunk

Thursday, September 16   |  7 p.m.  |  Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

El Caribefunk is a musical project from Cartagena, Colombia. The group was formed in 2012 in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where musicians from different latitudes met each other and started to study and create music together. After being a four piece band, today El Caribefunk continues as a fully independent self-managed duo, which has brought its new challenges. Their most recent album “Energía para Regalar” received a Latin Grammy 2020 nomination for best contemporary album/Tropical fusion and reflects the maturity of the new Caribefunk. El Caribefunk current formation of Funkcho Salas (vocals and guitar) and Andrés Mordecai (percussionist and vocalist) is the result of a never ending search for the most natural and wholesome way to apply new musical influences and to connect with their audience. All the contributing members have defined the project as a mental state, an organic sound, a place where African music meets the greater Caribbean. Since 2012 El Caribefunk have taken their music to the most distant countries. Initially, in Buenos Aires and various cities in Argentina and Colombia. However, what started as a backpacking trip through Latin America, ended up kickstarting the exposure of (and demand for) their music in the streets, bars or beaches of a multitude of Latin American cities. In the following years, the spectrum expanded throughout almost all of America and Europe, leading the group to a self-managed tour around 23 countries.

Immigration News

Tuesday, Sept. 21 | 6 p.m. | Zoom

At this event, community leaders and students will discuss the recent trends and issues pertaining to immigration in the United States. Some of these issues include the court rulings on the DACA program, migrants at the border, 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.

Spaces are limited, so register here to attend this event.

Latin America in Films and Literature—CINE LIT series

Wednesdays: Sept. 22, 29 and Oct. 6 | 5 p.m. | room 139, 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.


Movie Night: “Tortilla Soup”

Thursday, Sept. 23 | 8:30 p.m. | Amphitheater

Rain Location: Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Semi-retired Mexican-American chef Martin Naranjo shares a suburban Los Angeles home with his three adult daughters. Although he has lost his senses of smell and taste since his wife’s death, he still cooks elaborate, multi-course meals for his family and friends. The women humor their father’s old-fashioned ways, but each is searching for fulfillment outside the family circle.  Popcorn will be provided!

“Music: The Latin Touch”

Thursday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m. | Streaming live here

The UMW Department of Music will celebrate Latino Identities Month with a presentation of music, inspired by the irresistible sounds and rhythms of Latin music. Enjoy an evening of music and share the excitement of music with the “Latin Touch.” Watch the livestream on Vimeo on Sept. 30 at 7:30 pm.

Weaving Through History

Saturday, Oct. 2 | 10 a.m. | Patio Area, Hurley Convergence Center

Rain location: Digital Auditorium

Come join LSA in a brief history of bead weaving from various Latin American cultures followed by artistic creation. Make your own beaded bracelet on a loom led by LSA’s co-publicist, Luisa.

Spaces are limited, so register here to attend this event.


The Banyan Tree of the Americas: Music Evolution in the African Diaspora

Saturday Oct. 2 | 4:30 p.m. | Amphitheater (Located behind James Farmer Hall)

(Rain location: Digital Auditorium)

“The Banyan Tree of the Americas: Music Evolution in African Diaspora” is a series of panel discussions and performances exploring the connection between Puerto Rican bomba and African-American musical traditions in Virginia. ⁠

Bomba Dance Workshop by Ausuba

Sunday, Oct. 3 | 1 p.m. | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center  |  Register Here

Learn Puerto Rican bomba dance with guest artists from Puerto Rico. The all-female group, Ausuba, will bring the Caribbean moves and sounds to our campus in a once in a lifetime learning opportunity.  Register here to attend this event.

Latino Melting Pot Dinner

Monday, Oct. 4 | 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!

Sabor Latino

Wednesday, Oct. 6 | 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, music, games & more. ¡Hasta pronto!

Panel Discussion and Tribute to ESL Teachers

Wednesday, Oct. 13 | 4 p.m. | room 139, Combs Hall

ESL teachers work with students of all ages for whom English is not their primary language. Join our round table discussion with ESL teachers from Fredericksburg City Public Schools to learn about their work, how they have served the Latino community, as well as the challenges they face in their classrooms. Following Q&A, we will honor and thank them for all they do.

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.

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

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