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USM Gulf Park to Host Hispanic Heritage Week Oct. 23-28

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:56pm | By: Arlicia Jordan

The University of Southern Mississippi will celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans during Hispanic Heritage Week, slated for Oct. 23 – 28 on the University's Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

A collaborative initiative between the Division of Student Affairs and the Spanish Society, Hispanic Heritage Week will give the campus community an inside look into another culture through a multitude of weeklong activities.

“Hispanic Heritage Week will introduce and connect students to a unique culture that can help them communicate and accept others, in addition to understanding and promoting diversity,” said Diversity and Multicultural Affairs graduate assistant Keionda Lewis. “Attendees will have a rejuvenated perspective on what culture truly means on this campus, and will be encouraged to take their new perspectives and incorporate it into their daily lives.”

In honor of the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, the Spanish Society will conduct a cemetery cleanup at the Mississippi City Cemetery in Gulfport on Saturday, Oct. 28. Interested individuals can choose a cleanup shift from either 9 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 – 3 p.m. Volunteers will assist with trash pickup, light lawn care and stone cleaning. This community service is open to the public.

The schedule of events for 2017 Hispanic Heritage Week is as follows:

Monday, Oct. 23
Café y Churros
8 – 10 a.m., Fleming Education Center Rotunda

Avenida de Las Artes
9 a.m. – noon, Memorial Flag Pole
Join the Spanish Society by making the sidewalks vibrant and colorful.

Paint the Little Rock
11 a.m. – noon, Eagle Plaza

Tuesday, Oct. 24
La Fiesta Social
2:15 – 3 p.m., Academic Success Center, Gulf Coast Library
Practice your Spanish with a game of charades.

Wednesday, Oct. 25
U.S. Citizenship Game
Noon – 2 p.m., The Chimney Pavilion
Test your knowledge of the U.S. with El Pueblo.

The United States, Mexico and the Border Wall
5 – 6:30 p.m., Fleming Education Center, Room 104
Panelists will discuss the current state of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico and how it impacts the country.

Thursday, Oct. 26
Roscas y Café
9 – 11 a.m., Elizabeth Hall Lobby

Guitarist Nicholas Ciraldo in Concert
12:15 – 1 p.m., Hardy Hall University Club
Southern Miss music professor, Dr. Nicholas Ciraldo, will perform various works written for solo guitar from the 19th century to the present.

A Bailar!
5:30 – 7 p.m., Hardy Hall Ballroom
Move your body and have fun while learning to salsa.

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Week, contact the Division of Student Affairs at 228.214.3341. Hispanic Heritage Week is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost at Southern Miss Gulf Park, Bankhouse Coffee, Juan Tequilas and the Spanish Society.