Hispanic Heritage Month By: Marie Moreno

Hispanic Heritage Month is very important for Hispanic students on campus, but with the help of Hardin-Simmons University Student Life and P.J. Martinez, director of Student Engagement, all of the HSU family are encouraged to be involved in honoring Hispanic heritage and our Hispanic classmates.

To kick off Hispanic heritage month, Student Life held a “Paletas y Pastel” booth in Moody Center on Sept. 20. The purpose of this booth was to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to help other students become aware of some of the diversity on campus through food and community. Several students visited the booth who connected with it personally: Adrian Gonzales, a sophomore and elementary education major from Arlington,who is of Spanish Heritage, and Maria Cervantes, a freshman and pre-nursing major from Salamanca Guanajuato, Mexico, who is also of Mexican heritage.

Sangre, HSU’s Latin Student Union, had representatives at the booth to spread information about other events scheduled for this celebratory month. Two of these representatives were Lainey Marquez, a senior from Midland and nursing major and Maria Spinell, an elementary major from Fort Worth. Martinez also helped pass out treats to the students who stopped by the booth.

There were two other events held this week in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. The first was a guest speaker, Rene Marciel, during Sangre Chapel on Sept. 21. Marciel is a 1981 HSU graduate and a 1991 Baylor University graduate. He currently serves as the missions and community outreach pastor at First Woodway Baptist Church in Waco. A second event this past week was a movie night sponsored by Residence Life on the University Apartments lawn. The featured film for that event was McFarland USA.

If you missed these events, do not worry. There will be other events taking place on Oct. 5, 8 and 12. On Oct. 5, Sangre y Sabers: Bailes y Loteria will be held on Moody Deck at 6 p.m., and Oct. 8, is HSU familia y fiesta en la calle from 3-7p.m. in Moody 233. Moody 233 is the location for the final Hispanic Heritage Month event: the Latinos in Healthcare panel.

Take this month of celebration as an opportunity to get to know new faces on campus and learn new things. The calendar for HSU Hispanic Heritage Month can be found on the hsulife Instagram page, with more updates being released via social media and email.