Sept. 13 Culturas de la Razas Unidas (CRU) held the kick off reception for Hispanic Heritage Month in the Union Ballroom. Hispanic Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 of every year.
The event was sponsored by CRU, the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT), Migrant Student Services (MSS), the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI), Chicano Latino Studies (CLS), and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. The emcee for the night, JuanFlores, shared a few laughs with the crowd and kept the program moving at a steady pace.
Welcome remarks were given while the guests enjoyed traditional Latin dishes. Dr. Ruben Martinez, director of JSRI stressed the importance of the Hispanic vote in this year’s presidential election. He said he wanted to get rid of the stereotype that Hispanic people don’t vote.
Director of MSS Luis Garcia reminded the students that it’s not all about them. “You owe something to somebody back home,” he said during his speech.
Outside of the ballroom Latin and other minority-based campus organizations such as CRU, the Minority Association of Pre-medical students, and Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Incorporated set up tables informing the attendees about their programs. CRU Co-Chair Luis Miguel Zarco explained how the organization could be a big help for freshmen. “We know that first year can be the toughest,” he said. Zarco went on to say that he and the other CRU members want to ensure that freshmen have a smooth transition into college and that they can come to him if they ever have any questions or just want to talk.
The event ended with a dance that lasted until midnight. The reception had a great turnout, successfully promoting the unity of Latino students. The Hispanic community at MSU continues to expand each year, ultimately helping the university to become more diverse.