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   Date: 10/12/10 Bookmark and Share

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at Smith, Nationally

This week marks the end of National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration, from September 15 to October 15, of the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the culture and history of the Americas.

Nosotras, the Smith student Latina/o organization, culminates its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with Taste of Latin America, an annual smorgasbord of delectable dishes and musica caliente on Saturday, Oct. 16, from 5 to 11 p.m. in Davis Ballroom.

The event is an annual fundraiser for Nosotras; admission is $5 for all. Proceeds will support the purchase of books for a third-grade classroom in Miami, taught by Stacy Diaz ’10.

Celebrating their Hispanic heritage is a natural and welcomed pastime for student members of Nosotras.

“My Hispanic heritage is what makes me an individual,” says Tatiana Acavedo ’11. “Being Hispanic affects my entire outlook toward life, my goals, other people, and growing up here in the U.S.”

“My Dominican heritage plays an essential role in shaping my views about myself, society and the world,” echoes Katherine Lebron ’12. “I am a proud Latina and my rich heritage has helped me to appreciate the traditions and my roots back in Dominican Republic, while I implement these to form my own traditions here in the U.S.”

Earlier in the month-long celebration, the student organization held a party, called Mala Conducta, to raise funds for A Mother’s Wish Foundation, an organization in Santiago, Dominican Republic, which provides health care for those in need in that country. Nosotras also teamed with the Student Event Committee in hosting Latino comedian Bill Santiago earlier this month.

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