Edinboro University celebrates Latinx Heritage Month



Culture, heritage, accomplishments of Latinx celebrated through in-person and virtual events

Every year since 1968, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, a month is dedicated to celebrating the culture, heritage and accomplishments of people with Latinx heritage in the U.S.

Edinboro University is proud to once again join in these important festivities and celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with several events.

This year, the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Latinx committee at Edinboro are proud to present the second annual Latinx Heritage Month with on-campus, virtual and hybrid events for the campus community.

The highlighted event in this year’s Latinx Heritage Month celebration is the “Café con Leche Panel Discussion about Latinx Cultura,” which will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 6. This live panel is moderated by faculty member Dr. Stephanie Diez-Morel (Social Work) and will feature Latinx faculty from Edinboro, California and Clarion universities.

Panelists include Dr. Diez-Morel (Edinboro, Social Work), Dr. Sheila Lorenzo de la Peña (Edinboro, Art Therapy), Dr. Andrea Vargas Cencich (California, Humanities), T. David Garcia (California, VP for Enrollment Management), Dr. Sandra Trejos (Clarion, Social Sciences) and Dr. Jason Heavilin (Clarion, Finance, Law, Accounting & Real Estate).

To participate in the panel and following Q&A, access Edinboro University’s Zoom link. To view the panel in its entirety, visit Edinboro University’s YouTube channel.

The Edinboro community is invited to celebrate Latinx culture with live music at the Boro Pit at noon on Oct. 7. Mambo Jazz, a Latin jazz, salsa and merengue band with a side of Santana-style Latin rock, takes the stage for a free on-campus concert offered by the Latino Student Organization. While the band performs, event hosts will have a live art station and invite all to take part and create live community art led by Dr. Lorenzo de la Peña.

The Edinboro University campus and the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion welcomes motivational speaker “The Cuban Guy” to Pogue Student Center, Room 143 at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12.

“The Cuban Guy” – the stage name of Andres Lara – graduated with honors from Montclair State University with a major in Speech Communication and a minor in creative writing. He is the author of several international-selling books including “Inspire the Sleeping Giant Within,” which was published in Korea, Africa and the U.S., and “How to Stay Motivated during Difficult Times.”

He has appeared in famous radio shows and been featured in countless newspapers all around the country. He’s currently the CEO of A. Success Training, former president of Inspiration Magazine and has reached millions around the globe through his website and social media platforms.

Edinboro’s Art Therapy program welcomes all who are interested to the open studio on Friday, Oct. 15, from 4-6 p.m. in Butterfield 200. No skill necessary to join in on this collaborative event. Artists will finish the pieces started during the Latinx Heritage event on Oct. 7 – or feel free to start something new.

Edinboro is proud to share the expertise of its faculty and students in this 2021 Latinx Heritage Month. For more information about these events, visit Edinboro’s Facebook page or the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s website.