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Stephens to celebrate Hispananic Heritage Month with Latin Night

October 9, 2013

Stephens College is hosting a Latin Night Tuesday, Oct. 15, a grand finale celebration marking the end of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month.

The event will feature local band La Movida with salsa lessons from members of the MU Latin Dance Club in the Kimball Ballroom at Lela Raney Wood Hall. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and the dance party is free and open to the public.

“It’s really important that we celebrate the Latino culture,” said Junior Lluvia Garcia, who is spearheading the event. “A lot of Latinos are doing really great stuff in the arts, and the Latino culture isjust fun in general. It’s fun to celebrate that culture.”

Garcia is a Chicago native who transferred to Stephens this year. She was sitting in Vespers, a secular meditation time for Stephens students, last month when the idea came to her. Because Hispanic Heritage Month spans Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, she decided to make the celebration a finale event, piggybacking off of a string of events hosted at the University of Missouri.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates important events that happened between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 in Latin American countries, which won independence Sept. 15. Mexican Independence Day is Sept. 16, Chilean Independence Day is Sept. 18 and Día de la Raza, or the celebration of race, (Columbus Day in America) takes place on Oct. 12.

In addition to Stephens students, Garcia plans to invite members of MU’s various Hispanic and Latino clubs. The general public is also welcome to attend, as well.

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