Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Events

September 15 - october 15, 2014  

Heritage, Diversity, Integrity, & Honor: The Renewed Hope of America. Each year from September 15 to October 15, the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America are recognized and celebrated. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan. Please see link for information on all of the events!


September 22, 2014
Adanti Student Center Ballroom

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, please join us at SCSU’s 6th Annual Empowering Lives celebration  where we will welcome  Bobby Gonzalez, multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet! You will also enjoy a dance performance by alumnus Felix Reyes as you feast on traditional Hispanic foods!    Please see the flyer below.

Bobby González is a nationally known multicultural motivational speaker, storyteller and poet. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York City, he grew up in a bicultural environment. Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots to offer a unique repertoire of discourses, readings and performances that celebrates his indigenous heritage. 

Bobby has lectured at many institutions including Yale University, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. As a storyteller he’s had the privilege of performing at Carnegie Hall, the Museum of Television & Radio and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He has given poetry readings at the National Museum of the American Indian, the University of North Dakota and the Nuyorican Poets Café.

He is a dynamic keynote speaker specializing in encouraging audiences of all ages and backgrounds to succeed, fulfill their full potential and adjust to a changing world by becoming more aware of the rich history and accomplishments of their ancestors. In his lectures and workshops Bobby urges his listeners to be more sensitive to the various cultures and belief systems of their neighbors and colleagues.

The title of his latest poetry book is “The Last Puerto Rican Indian: A Collection of Dangerous Poetry.” These verses reflect upon five centuries of dramatic upheavals and heroic triumphs of Native Peoples from North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Bobby González seeks to empower his audiences by encouraging them to embrace their heritage and use this knowledge to create a dynamic future. As an individual proud of his Native American, Latino and African ancestry, Bobby is a messenger of hope, pride and love of diversity.

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 203-392-5888.

Bobby Gonzalez



September 23, 2014
ASC Ballroom
7:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Description: Ditch the workout, join the party as you show support for Hispanic Heritage with Zumba - an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, dance fitness-party that will be sure to excite you, inspire you, and get you moving! No dance experience or Hispanic Heritage required!

Sponsored by: SCSU Multicultural Center, Fitness Center, and the Organization of Latin American Students.

Bake Sale

September 30, 2014
Engleman Rotunda

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stop by our first fall bake sale for some traditional Hispanic baked goods!  You’ll be happy you did!

Sponsored by: The Organization of Latin American Students

Latinos Beyond Reel film screening

October 7, 2014
ASC Theater

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Description: Join us as we view the film Latinos Beyond Reel, which examines how US news and entertainment media portray and do not portray Latinos. A Q&A and panel discussion will follow the screening.  Refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by:  Media Studies Department, Multicultural Center,  Media Studies club, First Year Experience, Student Life and OLAS.

Salsa Night

October 8, 2014 
Farnham ProgramMing Space

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Description:  Come dance with us!  Join OLAS & LAU as we teach you a few Salsa, Merengue & Bachata moves!  While you are here meet the members and try some Latin foods!

Sponsored by: The Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)  and  Latino America Unida, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc.

Bake Sale

October 15, 2014

Dunkin Donuts outdoor patio

12:00 - 3:00 PM

Stop by our fall bake sale for some traditional Hispanic baked goods!  You’ll be happy you did!

Sponsored by: The Organization of Latin American Students      

Macho Men and the Women Who Love Them  - Comedian

October 15, 2014

Engleman C112

7:30 pm -9:30 pm

Description: Join us for a dynamic performance that combines Maria Costa’s highly entertaining, educational and outrageous multicultural characters for a comedic performance that will empower and inspire students, staff and the entire community.  The messages include: Latino Family Dynamics, Afro-Latino Culture, Women’s Empowerment, Positive Self Image and Healthy Relationships

Sponsored by: The Multicultural Center and The Organization of Latin American Students.

Noche de Gala “One Night in Brazil”

October 23, 2014

ASC Ballroom

7:30 pm – 1:00 am

Description: Join OLAS at their annual semi-formal where proceeds benefit a scholarship for an incoming or current freshman!  Each year Noche De Gala highlights a different Latin country.  This year please join them for “One Night in Brazil” and enjoy a night of Hispanic foods and dancing to a variety of music (not just Spanish!) as we pay tribute to Brazil and celebrate Brazilian culture! Tickets are $10 for SCSU students, $15 faculty/staff & outside guests.

**SCSU students, Faculty & Staff may purchase tickets with their Hoot Loot card or with cash by visiting or calling the box office at (203) 392-6154 from 11:00am – 5:00pm daily. Must present valid SCSU ID when picking tickets up at box office.

Online tickets may be purchased at www.tickets.southernct.edu

Sponsored by: The Organization of Latin American Students and The Multicultural Center. 

Noche de Gala Flyer


Buley Library Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Stop by Buley Library from September 15 – October 15 and view their display celebrating the works and contributions of Hispanic authors.