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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Begins Thursday with Food Festival


JONESBORO — Arkansas State University students, faculty and staff will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 with a slate of activities spanning into October.

A Latin Food Festival will get underway at 6 p.m. Thursday in Centennial Hall of the Reng Student Union, hosted by A-State’s Multicultural Center, El Centro Hispano, and Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada (SIA). The festival, held to introduce guests to Hispanic culture through food, will be the celebration kickoff event to bring awareness and appreciation for the Latin culture.

“We are looking forward to kicking off Hispanic Heritage month, which will be filled with many informative and fun events for the campus and community,” said Nora Bouzihay, assistant director of multicultural affairs in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.

“We are proud of and support our Latinx/Hispanic organizations in hosting several events throughout the month to promote inclusivity and cultural awareness. Our student organizations have not only initiated collaboration with other student groups, but also with community partners,” she added.

The Hermana y Hermano Relay begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Heritage Plaza of the Union.

The Multicultural Center, El Centro Hispano and SIA will host a Hispanic “Heritage Museum” event 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Centennial Hall. The emphasis will be on Hispanic culture and individuals who have cultivated it.

Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Incorporada, the new Latina sorority, will celebrate its establishment on campus during the week of Sept. 27-Oct. 1. The group will have an informational session 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in the Arkansas River Room of the Union.

The sorority will host “Cooking with the SIAs” through an online platform, with the Zoom link to be posted on the group’s Instagram.

The month of events winds up at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, with SIA Loteria Night in Centennial Hall. Loteria is a traditional card game often called Mexican bingo.

The full schedule is available online at AState.edu/HHM. For more details about Hispanic Heritage Month and the campus activities, one may contact the A-State Multicultural Center, AStateMC@AState.edu or (870) 680-4052.

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