Latin culture is imbued with passion and expressed through art, dance, music and literary contributions, and NIU is going to celebrate all of it with ongoing fun and inspiring events throughout the next month.
NIU’s Latino Heritage Month provides a firsthand look at Latin culture and its influence on the United States and American society.
The rich tradition of festivity includes a Reverse Career Fair where students interview employers, the third annual Sol Car Show featuring the latest tricked-out trucks and bikes and many more new events.
Events culminate Friday, Oct. 16, with the black-tie Noche de Gal.
For more information, call (815) 753-8645 or email [email protected].
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Latino Heritage Month Rally
5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, MLK Commons
- Witness the start of Latino Heritage Month with a special presentation from NIU Leaders & Faculty as we kick off Latino awareness into full swing! Sponsored by the Latino Resource Center and Latino Student Alliance
Seventeenth annual El Grito
6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, Latino Resource Center
- Come celebrate the Independence Day of seven Latin American countries with delicious food, music and entertainment. Sponsored by Alpha Psi Lambda, National Inc.
La Voz Latina
4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, Carl Sandburg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center
- Students will be singing songs in Spanish while displaying their Latino culture. Sponsored by Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc.
- Four Hispanic high schools form a robotics club. With $800, used car parts and a dream, they go onto compete at the national level against the top Ivy League schools. Sponsored by Supporting Opportunities for Latinos
The Power of the Latino Vote
5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, Stevens Conference Room, Barsema Alumni and Visitor Center
- Simon Weffer will present a short lecture about the Latino vote and& the significant role it plays in election. Recent events surrounding the upcoming election have demonstrated that Latinos have a strong voice in politics. Sponsored by Latinos Engaging in Graduate Academics Community.
Second annual La Feria
6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, MLK Commons
- La Feria consists of multiple carnival games and goodies for all NIU students to enjoy. Sponsored by Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers.
Latin American Studies Film Series No. 1: “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, Room 121 of the Latino Resource Center
- When a Texas border officer kills and buries the ranch hand of Peter Perkins, he is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada in his hometown. Kidnapping the officer and exhuming Estrada’s corpse, Perkins commences to travel to complete his vow. Sponsored by the Center for Latino & Latin American Studies and DREAM Action NIU.
7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, Carl Sandburg Auditorium, Holmes Student Center
- Enjoy a special presentation from all the Latino-based organizations as they showcase their organizations. Sponsored by the Latino Student Alliance.
noon Saturday, Sept. 26, Campus Life Building parking lot
- Join us for a festival of the best-looking cars, trucks, and motorcycles around. You do not want to miss the loudest and cleanest cars around! Sponsored by Supporting Opportunities for Latinos.
Latin American Studies Film Series No. 2, “Under the Same Moon”
7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, Room 121 of the Latino Resource Center
- Single mother Rosario leaves her son Carlitos in the care of his grandmother and crosses the border in to the U.S. to make a better life for herself and her son. When Carlito’s grandmother passes away some years later, he gains the difficult and dangerous journey to find his mother. Sponsored by the Center for Latino & Latin American Studies and DREAM Action NIU.
Third annual BLT: Bringing Latinos Together Mixer
5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, Room 121 of the Latino Resource Center
- Meet and mingle with NIU students, faculty and staff from campus as we bridge gaps for the student and faculty connection. Sponsored by De Mujer a Mujer: Latina Assistance Program.
Tenth annual Kermes
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, Latino Resource Center
- Enjoy an annual potluck that aims to educate and celebrate Latino cultures and traditions through food and games. Sponsored by Alpha Sigma Omega Latina Sorority, Inc.
Latin American Studies Film Series No. 3, “Sin Nombre”
7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, Room 121 of the Latino Resource Center
- Sayra, a Honduran teen, hunger for a better life. Her chance for one come comes when she reunited with her long-estranged father, who intends to immigrate to Mexico and then enter the United States. Sayra’s life collides with a pair of Mexican gang members who board the same U.S-bound train. Sponsored by the Center for Latino & Latin American Studies and DREAM Action NIU.
FIFA 16 Tournament
5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, Stevenson Residence Hall
- Participate in the FIFA 16 Tournament as everyone lays it on the line to be crowned our next FIFA champion. Sponsored by Supporting Opportunities for Latinos
Diversity Reverse Career Fair
5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, Regency Room, Holmes Student Center
- Experience a unique twist on a traditional career fair – a chance to stand on the the other side of he table! Employers are always asking to meet student leaders, and this is the chance for them to connect. Students can interview employers, find out what they’re looking for, access professionals, network with others in their field and showcase their student groups. The event will feature an interactive career preparation panel and include discussions on professionalism and tips from industry professionals for internships and first-year employees. Sponsored by Career Services and the Latino Resource Center.
FIFA Confederations Concacaf Play-Off
Friday, Oct. 9 (time TBA)
- The soccer atmosphere hits a climax at NIU with a special viewing party as the rivalry of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer team goe up against Mexico’s El Tri for a trip to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. Sponsored by NIU Athletics.
Latino Huskies Tailgate
Saturday, Oct. 10, Huskie Stadium (time TBA)
- Enjoy a special day of Latino Huskies Tailgate as there will be an NIU football game with a special pre-game celebration of Latino Heritage and more! Sponsored by NIU Athletics.
- Join us for an evening of business professionals who have started in our same shoes and have gone on to become successful. Sponsored by the NIU College of Business and the Latino Resource Center.
Rape is a Man’s Issue
6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, Holmes Student Center
- Stereotypes are known to say women are the only people raped, and women are the only reason rape occurs. Become a part of the solution to stop the violence and break the stigma by learning how rape is a man’s issue as well. Sponsored by Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.
Second annual International Day
8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, Holmes Student Center
- Enjoy an evening where diverse organizations collaborate and promote each of our cultures through music and dance. Sponsored by Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.
Fourth annual Open Mic
7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, Cavan Auditorium, Gabel Hall
- Witness hidden talents and spoken words from NIU students as they are showcased to the community. Sponsored by the Latino Student Alliance.
Second annual Noche de Gala
6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, Duke Ellington Ballroom
- Join us to celebrate the closing of Latino Heritage Month. Enjoy a night promised packed with live entertainment, food and dancing. Sponsored by the Latino Resource Center.