CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi launched its celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month with a kickoff held Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the Island Hall Gym.
The kickoff included a live performance local artist, Latin Talk, a Latin jazz and salsa band, and piñata challenges. This is the first event in a lineup of Hispanic Heritage Month events at the Island University. The event was sponsored by the Islander Cultural Alliance.
"Today's event was really about getting everyone out here to get involved, but still have fun,” said Dina Ruiz, President of Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA). “ICA loves celebrating all of the different cultures here on campus and we think it is so important to educate others on those diverse groups."
ICA, a student-run organization, focuses on providing multicultural and diversity programs and events for the campus community in an effort to raise cultural awareness.
"Hispanic Heritage Month events such as this one make me really proud of where I come from,” said student Ana Escobedo. “These events give me the opportunity to express my passion for my culture to the University community."
A variety of cultural events will run through Wednesday, Oct. 15. Events include Pasarela Mexico, a fashion show featuring traditional Mexican dresses; the Hispanic Heritage Concert Series featuring a Caribbean Night concert and a Vivan los Ninos! concert; and a Latin Dance night providing dance lessons to attendees.
For a full schedule of Hispanic Heritage Month events, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/.