Latino Heritage Month celebration under way

Latino Heritage Month 2013 calendarEvery fall, the Latino Resource Center and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies organize academic, social, cultural and professional events for the NIU student body and community to celebrate Latino Heritage Month.

Latino Heritage Month recognizes the richness and diversity of Latino culture and history in the United States and Latin America.

This year’s activities will highlight Latino music and history. All events are free and open to the public.

One cultural event is the NIU Unity Celebration & Conference, “Empowering Students with Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of Hope,” scheduled Friday,  Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28.

The two-day event will feature Freireian-inspired social justice work along with many engaging and dynamic workshops aimed to inspire and empower participants. Antonia Darder, a distinguished professor and internationally recognized Freireian Scholar, will deliver the keynote address.

Registration is required. For more information, email unityconferenceniu2013@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by the Latino Student Alliance.

A Reverse Career Fair will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Students will experience a unique twist on a traditional career fair – a chance to stand on the other side of the table. With a Reverse Career Fair, the tables are turned. Student organizations set up booths while the recruiters are the ones who walk around to meet with students representing each group. A Reverse Career Fair is an excellent opportunity for student leaders to showcase their professional skills and the values gained as a result of being in student organizations. This event is sponsored by the Career Services and Latino Resource Center.

The Latino Resource Center is one of several campus cultural centers and part of the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management. The Center for Latino and Latin American Studies is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, call (815) 753-1986 or (815) 753-1531.

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