is back, and the Latino Student Alliance (LSA) celebrates another year of
Celebración Hispana to close out the month of September.
Saturday calls for celebration as the LSA prepares to share and celebrate the
Latino culture. They have been preparing for Celebración
Hispana all summer and plan to put on a successful event in hopes that the
community, faculty and students will come out and support.
speaking with Maira Avila, Spanish and sociology major and this year’s LSA
president, it was obvious that the excitement of Celebración
Hispana has already begun.
hope people leave there thinking, ‘Wow, that Hispanic culture is amazing,’” Avila
said. “I hope they have a lot of fun.”
a Biology/Pre-Veterinarian and Spanish major,
hopes that the students will respond positively, learn a lot and have a good
preparing for Celebración Hispana, they have faced challenges. In events like Celebración
Hispana where a certain culture is the focus, it is always a challenge to get
others to realize that they don’t have to be of that culture to participate.
hardest part has been getting people involved without being shy,” Velez said.
sometimes feel that because we say Hispanic celebration they feel they have to
be Latinos to be part of it, but we actually want non-Hispanics to get involved
as well,” Avila said.
challenges have been minor and humorous in some ways.
think the hardest part has been getting people to know how pronounce it. Some
call it Celebración Hispanica,” Avila said.
speaking with Avila and Velez, it was evident they were not only excited about
the event but hope a great number of students, members of the community and faculty,
Hispanic or not, come out and be a part of the celebration.
is also the goal from an advisor’s standpoint. Dr. Elia J. Armacanqui-Tipacti, an Associate Professor of
Spanish and one of the advisors of the LSA, mentions similar comments to Avila
“I am hoping students respond
more. Last year, there were more people
from the community, but this year I think there will be more people from campus,”
Every year, Celebración Hispana is enjoyed with
entertainment, music and food from different countries within the Latino
culture. For instance, this year there will be authentic Latino dishes from
Peru, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
All three agreed that, along with
the food, the music brings it all to life.
“Being Latino also means being
happy, which means we cannot lack music,” Armacanqui-Tipacti said.
“Entertainment, food, and music are
all very important to the Latino culture,” Velez said.
“We do that every weekend at my
place,” Avila said.
In addition to Celebración Hispana, the LSA is attempting to
both promote the Latino culture and educate those who are unfamiliar with the
“Celebración Hispana mostly focuses on
celebrating the Hispanic culture. Other
events we hope to teach the history of why we celebrate it and go more into the
education part of it,” Avila said.
Celebración Hispana will be held in the Laird
Room in the Dreyfus University Center. Events start at 5:30 pm, but doors will
open at 5 pm. Tickets for students are $7, $10 for faculty and adults, and free
for kids under the age of six. There will be Hispanic cuisine, live performances
from students on campus and a special feature from Escamilla Entertainment.
Tickets can be purchased at the Information and Tickets desk in the Dreyfus