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For Immediate Release For More Information Contact:
August 23, 2001 Diane Brown , (317) 274-7711
habrown@iupui.edu


IUPUI ANNOUNCES HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH ACTIVITIES

INDIANAPOLIS - IUPUI students, staff and faculty kick off a campus-wide Hispanic Heritage Month observance Monday, Sept. 17 with a performance featuring the folkloric music and dance group Sancocho.

Sancocho showcases the culture of Africans displaced to countries such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Other activities scheduled during the campus celebration that runs through Oct. 15 include a book club discussion with former Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas; a keynote speech by Juan Andrade Jr., co-founder and president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute; a round table discussion focusing on Hispanics in Central Indiana; and a Minority Scholars Day program. Most of the events will be held in Room 115 of University College, 815 W. Michigan St. on the IUPUI campus.

The complete calendar of events follows:

Sancocho Performance -- 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, University College Lower Level, 815 W. Michigan St. Group showcases traditional folkloric music and dance of the African Diaspora from countries such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Hispanic Heritage Month Book Club -- Noon, Monday, Sept. 17, University College, Lower Level, 815 W. Michigan St. A limited number of copies of "The Tame Cactus" by Esperanza Zendejas will be distributed in advance of the noon Oct. 4 wrap-up meeting.

Keynote Speaker: Juan Andrade, Jr. -- 12 - 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, Lilly Auditorium, University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. Andrade, known for his unique presentations combining humor and life experiences, is committed to promoting education and leadership development for high school and college students. He is co-founder and president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute that has published 315 studies on Hispanic demographics and sponsors the largest Latino leadership conference in the world.

Represent Week -- Sept. 17 - 21. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear T-shirts, hats and socks, and to use pens and pencils sporting Hispanic nation flags during Represent Week! Sponsored by the Latino Students Association. For additional information about LSA events, email kadavis2@iupui.edu .

Latino Student/Faculty/Staff Reception -- 4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 24, University College Room 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Sponsored by the Latino Students Association, the Office for Multicultural Professional Development, and Student Life and Diversity Programs. RSVP at palvarez@iupui.edu or call 274-3931.

Latino Students Association Meeting -- Noon, Thursday, Sept. 27, University College Room 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Learn more about LSA and how to become an active member!

Domino Tournament -- 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, University College Room 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Join the Latino Students Association in a favorite Latino and Caribbean pastime. Compete individually or in pairs. To sign-up, email the Latino Students Association at kadavis2@iupui.edu.

Esperanza Zendejas Book Club Discussion -- Noon, Thursday, Oct. 4, University College Room 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Join the author in a discussion of her book, "The Tame Cactus." This book is a cross-cultural coming-of-age journey made of love and miracles.

International Culture Hour -- 4:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5. University College Room 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of another culture as the International House highlights a Latin American country.

Fitness -- Noon, Tuesday, Oct. 9. Get up and get moving with a 45-minute group fitness walk around campus. Participants should meet in front of University College, 815 W. Michigan St.

Hispanics in Central Indiana, Perceptions and Realities -- 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, University College 115, 815 W. Michigan St. Gain a deeper understanding of the Hispanic population in Central Indiana and its impact on the greater community. Roundtable discussion with Professor Ken Barger from the IUPUI Anthropology Department, Michelle Gutierrez (Stanfield) from the Hispanic Law Project of Indiana Legal Services, Professor Monica Medina from the IUPUI School of Education, and Maria Quiroz-Southwood from Wishard Health Services.

Dance Fiesta -- 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12, Union Building, 620 Union Dr. The Latino Students Association throws its 4th Annual Dance Fiesta.

Shades of Brilliance/Minority Scholars Day -- Noon - 5 p.m., Sunday Oct. 14. This program is open to high academic-achieving African American, American Indian, Asian American and Hispanic students in the 11th and 12th grades. Students will have the opportunity to meet with minority faculty and staff, learn about academic programs, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, and the admission process. To register, volunteer, or for additional information, call (317) 278-2654.

 

 

 

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