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Latinx Heritage Month 2019 Events Lineup: 'As I Am... I Belong'

Salem State University celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month, or National Hispanic Heritage Month (its official government designation), honors the contributions and importance of Latinx Americans to the United States and celebrates all heritages and cultures of Americans who are from or have ancestry from the Caribbean, Mexico, Spain, and Central and South America. Latinx Heritage Month is annually celebrated from September 15 to October 15.

In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, Salem State University will be hosting a number of engaging events through September and October under the theme, "As I Am... I Belong."

All Salem State University students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are welcome to attend.

LASO General Body Meeting Kickoff Picnic

Tuesday, September 10

5-7 pm | Marsh Quad

This event is the official kickoff to Latinx Heritage Month and the introduction of the Latin American Student Organization to the campus community. LASO will provide refreshments and share information about our organization, including ways for students to get involved.

General Body Collaboration Meeting [w/ ASU, MSA, UAT, and LASO]

Thursday, September 12

5-7 pm | Marsh Hall Petrowski Room

This event is for MSA, LASO, and UAT to have a joint general body meeting. Also, it is an event for ASU to join and introduce themselves to students at SSU. All students are welcome.

Flag Raising at Riley Plaza

Monday, September 16

12 pm | Outside the Salem Post Office at 2 Margin Street

Flags from 12 Latin American Countries and the Caribbean will be raised to honor the start of Latinx Heritage Month. This event is coordinated by the Latino Leadership Coalition and Mayor’s Office.

IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness) Den Opening Ceremony and Reception

Wednesday, September 18

11 am-12:30 pm | Frederick E. Berry Library

Celebrate the opening of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Awareness Den at the Library! The IDEA Den will be a designated spot in the lobby with a rotating collection of books related to different topics each month. September's theme will be on “Immigration.” Refreshments will be provided.

Latinx Heritage Dinner [LASO]

Wednesday, September 18

7-9 pm | Veterans Hall (ECC)

The Latin American Student Organization will host an annual heritage dinner to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month.

Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG) Welcome Party

Thursday, September 19

5-7 pm | Marsh Hall Petrowski Room

This will be an opportunity for Latinx community members to come together and network and think about priorities for this upcoming year.

2nd Annual Block Party in the Point Neighborhood

Sunday, September 22

12-6 pm | Punto Urban Arts Museum

Join North Shore CDC and the Point neighborhood’s Annual Block Party on Sunday, September 22 from 2-6 pm on Peabody Street in Salem. This is a free event.

Be the first to see new murals painted by international and regional artists at the Point’s Punto Urban Art Museum! Enjoy entertainment such as live art, music, carnival performers, food trucks, DJs, a beer garden, and meet community-based organizations, businesses and non-profits during an evening of fun, creativity and purpose!

Identity Limbo: Is Speaking a Particular Language Necessary to Identifying as Hispanic or LatinX

Monday, September 23

11 am-2 pm | Marsh Hall Petrowski Room

This dialogue will allow members of the campus community to discuss how assumptions around language fluency, community expectations, and general perceptions of Hispanic and Latinx people influences identity.

Honoring our Latinx members of the Military

Thursday, September 26

5:30-8 pm | House of Seven Gables, 115 Derby St, Salem

The Latino Leadership Coalition will recognize local men and women who have served in the different branches of our military.

Writers Series: Helena Maria Viramontes

Thursday, September 26

7:30 pm | Viking Hall Meeting Room 123

Helena María Viramontes has written short stories and poems influenced by her Chicana heritage and has also edited two anthologies of work by Chicana writers. In her work Viramontes focuses on the struggles of women in Chicano culture.

Named a Ford Fellow in Literature in 2007, she has also received the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, a Sundance Institute Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship, a Spirit Award from the California Latino Legislative Caucus and a 2017 Bellagio Center Residency from the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2015, California State University at Long Beach inaugurated the Helena María Viramontes Lecture. Viramontes is the Goldwin Smith Professor of English at Cornell University.

A Call to Action: Massachusetts Immigration Activism

Tuesday, Oct 1

10:50 am-12:05 pm | Martin Luther King, Jr. Room, Ellison Campus Center

Alexandra Pineros Shields and Elsabel Rincon, two leading local immigration activists who have been part of several Advocacy Days, are coming to campus on October 1 from 10:50 am-12:05 pm. They will be in the MLK Room in the Ellison Campus Center to discuss immigration issues on the local and state level, policies and legislation, and details on how students can participate in this work.

Latinx Identities: History, Labels and Experiences

Wednesday, October 2

12-2 pm | Viking Hall Meeting Room 123

A panel facilitated by Professors Yvonne Ruiz, Keja Valens, Michele C. Davila, Guillermo Avila-Saavedra, and Miguel Montalva Barba around what it means to be Latinx, the history of labels, colorism and media representation.

Pelo Bueno, Pelo Malo: A Discussion on Latinx Hair 

Tuesday, October 2

5-7 pm | Underground Room in the Ellison Campus Center

We will be discussing Latinx hair culture and the topic of “Pelo Bueno”. After the discussion, we will be working on natural hair products that our students can take to go to help embrace their curls and natural hair.

The Walk of the Immigrants with Saul Flores: Presentation and Q&A

Monday, October 7

4:30-6:30 pm | Recital Hall, Central Campus

Saul spent three months walking, hitchhiking, and sleeping on the ground and in hiding places. His journey began in Ecuador and ended in Charlotte, North Carolina. In three months, he walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico.

In this keynote, Saul speaks about how as a North Carolina State University senior, he took the “Walk” in the summer of 2010. Student audiences get the opportunity to relive The Walk of the Immigrants along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey.

Individuality and Identity Paint Night 

Thursday, October 10

5-7 pm | Metro Room in the Ellison Campus Center

LASO will host a painting activity focused on identity. Students will paint what they think a Latinx person looks like. Students will then compare and discuss their paintings. The artworks will then be collected and displayed at LASO's Latinx Connections Conference.

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Latinx Fair [LASO and The Alliance]

Saturday, October 19

12-4 pm | Alumni Plaza and McKeown Plaza (ECC as a rain location)

LASO will be hosting its annual Latinx Fair. This fair is used as a celebration and introduction of the term "Latinx" to our campus community. It will also act as a closing to Latinx Heritage Month.

Access and Accommodation 

To request special accommodation for any of these events, please contact disability services at 978.542.6217 or send an email.


Special thanks to all members of the Latinx Cultural Heritage Month Collaborative:

Academic Affairs, Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Creative and Performing Arts, First Year Experience, Inclusive Excellence, LASO: Latin American Student Organization, Latino Leadership Coalition, Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG), LEAD: Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Diversity, and the North Short Community Development Coalition (NSCDC).

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