A little dancing and a little food made for a great celebration. With the Hispanic Heritage Celebration being held in the new commons, CVTC students and staff could join in on the fun or watch from afar, but the impact was larger than ever before.
“Even if students didn’t want to participate, they could hear the music and watch the dancing,” commented Mike Ojibway, Diversity Resources Specialist. “Having events like this in the commons exposes our students to new ideas and cultures. Plus, there were lots of students with smiles on their faces who were enjoying the event.”
Salsabrosa, a group from the Twin Cities, brought its “Cuban Carnival” to CVTC with its live band and dancers. Jay and Hanna from Salsabrosa got over 50 students and staff to shake their hips and try new dance moves. “It was a ton of fun,” one student commented. “But man, that is hard work!”
Great food was also served and included as empanadas, coconut rice, flan, chilies, and so much more. “There was so much food, students could come back for seconds,” Mike stated.
“We have students at CVTC from a variety of Hispanic cultures and countries, including Chile, Argentina, and Mexico,” stated Mike. “We want to demonstrate to these students that CVTC embraces and celebrates the accomplishments their cultures have brought to our society.”
Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and ends on October 15. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18 and September 21, respectively.
John Speros, pictured, from Arthur Murray Dance Studio, taught a few Latin American dance steps to a CVTC student.