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Hispanic Heritage Month begins with multiple celebrations for TWU students

Through Cafecito, food and music, Texas Woman’s University is in full gear to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations take place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. According to Hispanic Heritage Month.gov, the month-long celebrations are meant to recognize the work, achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans that have inspired others to succeed. TWU’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Outreach department will be hosting a series of events to help involve students in festivities.

“For me, Hispanic heritage is a way for me to really, really reflect on my culture and really connect with it,” first year student Guadalupe Perez Posada said. “School really takes a lot out of me throughout the year, so even though I do cultural things at my house, during hispanic heritage month I can do the more traditional things. The things that maybe I don’t get the chance to do as often. It is also a great way for other people to learn about my culture and see the beauty of it.” 

Kicking off the Hispanic heritage celebrations with a sweet treat, Cafecito y Pan Dulce took place at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the lawn of the Classroom and Faculty Offices (CFO ) building. The event provided delicious warm coffee with Mexican pastries for all TWU students. 

Kylie Hernandez, a first year student summarizes the meaningfulness of TWU’s actions.

“I am excited for the events that TWU is going to hold, and I am especially excited for the Cafecito y Pan Dulce and Pachanga,” Hernandez said. “Back home there’s this bakery really close to my grandma’s house and I really love the pan from there and I hadn’t realized how much I missed it until recently. So, seeing that TWU is going to give us pan dulce seems amazing.”

Elotes and Elections took place at the TWU Hubbard Hall lawn Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event’s purpose was to encourage not only Latinx and Hispanic students but all students to engage in voting while enjoying an elote, a staple of Mexican street food. 

“I knew there were going to be Latinos here but I didn’t know if I was going to be super connected to it because of school, but then the other day I passed by this cartelon poster board by Hubbard Hall and it had all these events they are doing,” Posada said. “[TWU is] actually trying to do stuff, you know, like eating elotes, that’s something I do with my family.” 

The final celebration, Pachanga, will be a colorful and loud celebration with music and performances with the purpose of strengthening the TWU Hispanic student community. Pachanga will be taking place on the TWU Hubbard Hall lawn Sept. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“I think that the way TWU handles their Hispanic students is pretty good,” Hernandez said. “I feel like other institutions wouldn’t even try to incorporate their Hispanic students through events like these, or much less plan them. So, for TWU to do something like this for their students is pretty cool.”

For more information on TWU’s Hispanic Heritage Month events students can visit TWU’s Hispanic Heritage Month Feature

Karyme Flores can be reached via email at kflores22@twu.edu 

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