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Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month 2023

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Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Calendar 

Salem State is thrilled to celebrate 30 years of Hispanic Heritage Month programing at SSU. We thank our student organization, LASO, the Center for Justice and Liberation, and Inclusive Excellence for this rich month of culture and community. As part of this month, we recognize and elevate LatinXcellence! 

Please join us for events and give a shout out to #LatinXcellence in your community during our HLHM this Friday, September 15-Sunday, October 15. View educational resources. 

Follow us at @SSULASO and @SSU_HSI_MSI 

Hispanic Serving Institution Week  

Monday, September 11, 3 pm, Online
Join Professor Valens and AVP Castillo to hear about how SSU is preparing to become a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution. Learn about why SSU is an emerging HSI and what is our Roadmap to Servingness.   

Register for this virtual meeting.  

Sponsor: HSI-MSI Initiatives.  


Inclusive Excellence Meet and Greet/ HSI Week Celebration

Wednesday, September 13, 2-4 pm, Admin Building 6 
Come by to meet our new VP for Diversity and Inclusion, Chris Macdonald-Dennis, and our new Director of Education and Training, Carlie Pierre. AVP Castillo and HSI- MSI efforts are now located in this office.  

Sponsor: Inclusive Excellence 


Thursday, September 14, 1 pm, Online 
Join Professor Valens and AVP Castillo to hear about how SSU is preparing to become a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution Learn about why SSU is an emerging HSI and what is our Roadmap to Servingness. 

Register for the virtual meeting.  

Sponsor: HSI-MSI Initiatives 


Hispanic Heritage Month Flag Raising  

Friday, September 15, 11:30 am, Riley Plaza, Downtown Plaza, Salem 

Sponsor: City of Salem, Latino Leadership Coalition.  


LLC Annual Domino Tournament 

Saturday, September 16, 6-7:30 pm, Charlotte Forten Park, 289 Derby St., Salem 

Sponsor: Latino Leadership Coalition 


HSI Week Keynote with Dr. Gina Garcia

Monday, September 18, 3-4:30 pm, Online 

Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution. Learn from the leading scholar what it means to become an HSI and intentionally serve Hispanic and Latinx students.  

Register for this virtual meeting.

Sponsor: Academic Affairs, CTI, and HSI-MSI Initiatives.  


Latinx Generational Excellence Panel

Tuesday, September 19, 5-6:30 pm, Underground, Ellison Campus Center 

Sponsor: LASO 



Thursday, September 21, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center  

Join us for this Latinx tradition where we celebrate coming of age with music, dance, and education about this historic cultural practice. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to La Sociedad Latina. More information to come! 

Sponsor: LASO  


Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution Workshop

Monday, September 25, 3-4:30 pm, Online 

Leading scholar on HSI’s will lead SSU in a discussion of what kind of HSI do we want to become, and how to get there.  

Register for this virtual interactive meeting.  

Sponsored by; Academic Affairs, CTI and HSI-MSI Initiatives.  


Latinx Faculty Pannel-Paths to Success: Latinx In Academia

Wednesday, September 27, 3:30-4:30 pm, Charlotte Forten Legacy Room, Meier Hall 3rd floor 

Join SSU faculty and administrators will relate their experiences in academia as Latinx students, and how they arrived at their current positions. The objective is to motivate our students and show them that they too can succeed in their academic goals and beyond.

Panelists include: Professors Michele Davila Goncalves, Perla Barbosa, Guillermo Avila- Saavedra, Yvonne Ruiz and AVP Elisa Castillo.  

Sponsor: HSI-MSI Initiatives, CJL, Academic Affairs.  


Civic Dinner on Immigration and Education Access 

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7:30 pm, Underground, Ellison Campus Center 

Our campus community will have the opportunity to learn, network, and build community over a catered meal with local advocates who are actively ensuring equal access to education for our immigrant neighbors. They will provide us with insight on how this social issue is impacting our communities, policies that will improve access, and concrete ways that we can all advocate for eliminating barriers that many immigrants face in receiving an education in this country. 

Panelists include: Stephanie Rosario Rodriguez from MIRA, State Rep. Andy Vargas, Elsabel Rincon Executive Director of the Welcoming Immigrant Network (WIN) and Regina Zaragoza Frey Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Director for the City of Salem 

Sponsors: Center for Civic Engagement  


Gabriel Sosa PEM Reception 

Thursday, September 28, 6-8:30 pm, Peabody Essex Museum

Nationally recognized guest artist will share remarks, provide Q and A. Reception will include music and cash bar.  

Gabriel Sosa is a Cuban-American artist, linguist, educator and arts administrator. He draws from legal proceedings, personal archives, and contemporary visual culture to explore the mutability of language, the imperfection of memory, and the misinterpretation of both. Raised in Miami and now based in Boston, Gabriel is a lecturer at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the Deputy Director of Essex Art Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts. 

Free for SSU students, faculty and staff.  

Sponsor: PEM and CJL 


Fiesta en la Calle: CDC Block Party

Saturday, September 30, 12-5 pm, Peabody Street, Salem 

Enjoy a block party celebrating Salem’s el Punto neighborhood and immigrant cultures. Music, Performances, Food and much more. Explore the Urban Art Museum.  Stop by our SSU table.  

Sponsor: HSI-MSI Initiatives. Open to the community.   


Faculty and Staff Reading and Discussion Group

Monday, October 2, 3 pm, Online

“Transforming Hispanic Serving Institutions.” Lead by Professor Yvonne Ruiz, faculty fellow for HSI-MSI initiatives.  

Sponsor: CTI, HSI-MSI Initiatives, Academic Affairs.  


Pork belly Tacos with a Side of Anxiety: Mental Health, Eating Disorders and Latinx Culture

Wednesday, October 4, 4:30-6 pm 

Speaker and author Yvonne Castaneda will share her experiences and discuss the prevalence of eating disorders and mental health issues within the Latinx community.  Yvonne Castaneda is a social worker, therapist and part-time faculty member.  

Location: This is a hybrid event. Join us in person at Veterans Hall A, or via Zoom link! 

Sponsors: School of Social Work /Health Care Studies/ Occupational Therapy/CHS/ HSI-MSI Initiatives.  


Festa Junina

Friday, October 6, 6:30-9:30 pm, Veterans Hall, Ellison Campus Center 

Join us for a traditional Brazilian festival with food, music, and games.  

Sponsored: LASO 

Votar es Poder  (Voting is Power)

October 10, 10:45 am-12 pm 

Join the Frederick E. Berry Institute of Politics in celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month by joining us for a powerful conversation with local Latinx leaders. Speakers will discuss how they got involved in their community, the importance of voting, and how to make an impact on issues important to the Latinx community. 

Speakers Include:

  • Shantel Alix, Director of Community Building for the North Shore Community Development Coalition
  • Manny Cruz, Massachusetts State Representative (7th Essex - Salem)
  • Camila Diaz, President of Pre-Law Society and Berry IOP Program Assistant


This event will be in-person in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Room on the second floor of the Ellison Campus Center. Registration is not required. Please come and join us! 

Latinx Employee Resource Group Luncheon

Tuesday, October 10, 12-1:30 pm, Viking 123 

Latinx faculty and staff gathering. Open to all.  

Sponsored: Inclusive Excellence.  


Salsa and Social with Sharon  

Tuesday, October 10, 6-8 pm, Gasset Fitness Center Rec Court 

Sponsored: HSI-MSI Initiatives 


Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month 30th Anniversary Dinner

Wednesday, October 11, 6-9 pm, Veterans Hall

Guest Speaker: State Representative Manny Cruz. Join us to celebrate our heritage month with great food, speakers, music, performers and community.  

Sponsor: LASO and CJL 


Keynote Speaker John Quiñones 

Thursday, October 12, 6 pm, Sophia Gordon Theater 

Sponsor: CJL, PEM, LASO, Inclusive Excellence, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Media and Communications, Latino Leadership Coalition, President’s Office, School of Graduate Studies, Academic Affairs, Center for International Education, Maguire Meservey College of Health & Human Services 


Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Shout Outs: 

  • Thank you to Sodexo or Viking Dinning for preparing home and heritage foods as part of HLHM.  

  • Check out the two Hispanic Heritage Month Displays in the Berry Library and Learning Commons: 

  • IDEA DEN display: 1st floor 

  • Education Resources Area – Children’s books display-2nd floor 


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