Latino student organization honors Hispanic heritage with luncheon

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Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 at 7:01 PM

On Oct. 18, Edinboro University’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion, along with The Learning Commons, hosted a Hispanic Heritage Luncheon in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. 

The event was hosted in The Learning Commons at the Edinboro library. Students were welcome to sit and listen to the speakers at the event and eat Hispanic food, as long as they swiped in using their student ID cards. 

Edinboro’s Latino Student Organization (LSO) members, Silenia Guerrero, Aileen Ortiz and Brandon Torres, were in attendance. The LSO members spoke about their families — all of who originate from Mexico — and the Hispanic holidays they celebrate, such as Dìa del Niño (Children’s Day) and Dìa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Silenia also wanted people to know that LSO is open to everyone. 

“We want to teach you about our culture. We want you to be aware. You don’t have to be Latino to join Latino Student Organization,” Guerrero said. 

Lunch and Learn, which this event was part of, was started by the Academic Success Center. They offer a sequence of events that are focused on helping students academically.  This is the second year that they brought information about other cultures into events. 

“We don’t want people to only see the academic side of a person,” said Pertrina Marrero, director of diversity and inclusion. “We want them to see the whole person.”

There are currently plans to host an Indigenous People’s luncheon. The date has yet to determined. 

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