By Alondra Mejia-Rendon
Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15th and runs until October 15th. Every year HOLA, Hispanic Outreach Leadership Association, and the Multicultural Center bring out fun events and activities to UTC.
The previous year HOLA hosted a kickoff recognizing the diverse Hispanic community with music and food. They also hosted a panel where we got to hear stories of many successful Hispanic Professors, business owner, social media manager, and many other professions. Through this panel, they hoped to inspire many Hispanic UTC students with their stories. They also had traditional Hispanic dances.
This year HOLA has many fun events planned for the Hispanic community this year.
This year’s kickoff started with music and students got to pick out a variety of Hispanic candy to put into their bags. They also got to create Hispanic heritage month pins and listened to Hispanic music.
Another popular event they hosted was the Latin Dance Night or the Bachata and Cumbia Night. This event is welcome for anyone, and they play many kinds of Latin music. Many of the HOLA members showcased their dances and even taught some to the people who aren’t familiar with them. Everyone danced the night away and got to share their culture.
An additional event that helps students understand Hispanic Heritage Month is called, “Hispanic Heritage Month for Dummies” event. At this event, the executive team gives a presentation about Hispanic activists and leaders. They shared historic and impactful movements of Hispanics. After the presentation, they had many activities like Sing Bingo. For Sing Bingo, the executive team played different types of Latin music ranging from the latest reggaeton pop songs to classic oldies. Another activity planned for the meeting is a traditional Latin game called Loteria. This game is very similar to bingo and was played virtually. The game’s cards are in all Spanish and whoever had all the images shown won the game.
Glennis Quinones, the secretary of HOLA, discusses what HOLA is planning for the upcoming events.
“In the past years we have only focused on internal events but this year we’re trying to branch out and create events with other MCC clubs.”
HOLA’s goal for these events are to bring awareness and to help educate other students of many different Hispanic cultures.
There are many upcoming Hispanic events coming up! On October 10th there will be Luncheon with Dr. Orozco, an award winning and best-selling author, where she will be discussing Mexican American civil rights and many other events. You can find more events on Mocsync and to learn more about the events HOLA is hosting you can visit their website! https://linktr.ee/HOLA.UTC