This Wednesday, Hispanic Heritage Month will come to a close with a Speak Out (sponsored by OMSA and Latinos Unidos) featuring Dr. Nelice Olivencia, the Director of Latino Studies at UW-Whitewater. The Speak Outs, held at the end of most Heritage months, are aimed to “inform and educate students about different cultures and how each culture can be similar to the next,” Adela Lozano of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) stated.
The theme of this Speak Out is: the sense of being Latino—celebrating the diversity among Latin cultures (El sentido de ser Latino—celebrando la diversidad entre las culturas Latinas). Lozano, who graduated from Parkside in 2003 and returned last December to work with OMSA, stated that she has noticed students are not as actively speaking up and celebrating their heritages as they did when she went to school.
What she would like to see brought about from Hispanic Heritage Month and the Speak Out is a unity, instead of separation, amongst all of the Latino sub-groups; “No matter what you’re mixed with you’re still Latino,” she said. “Celebrate each heritage within you.” With the Speak Out and the other Hispanic Heritage Month activities, Lozano hopes students will get more involved with organizations like LAU and not only get more involved in their heritage, but build upon certain aspects of it.
The Speak Out will held in the Oak Room at noon on Wednesday the 13th and is open for all who would like listen to Dr. Nelice Olivencia speak. It is the first time Dr. Olivencia has visited Parkside.
Along with the Speak Out, there will also be a Latino Student Activist Conference this Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm in the Student Center. Speaker Marisel Herrera-Anderson is coming up from Arizona to talk to students about preparing for job interviews, graduate school, and getting motivated with their lives. She especially likes to talk to Hispanic women about being proud of their heritage. Lunch will be provided, and there is no charge. Also, in OMSA this Friday, there will be food and prizes and such at noon for Fun Friday.
So, if you have the time, drop by the Oak Room at noon this Wednesday or the Conference on Saturday. It is never too late to learn more about your (or other) heritages.