Hispanic Heritage month is in full swing from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 with frequent events hosted by Hispanos Unidos.
Hispanos Unidos is working on campus to organize different activities to not only celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, but also to spread cultural awareness by reaching out to the ACU community in new and fun ways.
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time set out of the year to be reintroduced and immersed in the ancient and modern traditions of Hispanic culture. Priscilla Hernandez, advertising and public relations officer of Hispanos Unidos and sophomore family studies major from Irving, said she is highly anticipating the new events that the club is busy planning.
“There’s a whole month for us and we should be taking advantage of that,” Hernandez said.
Last week for Hispanic Heritage month, Hispanos Unidos hosted guest speaker, Dr. Beatriz Walker, associate professor of Spanish, to speak to the club and share her personal story, while listeners indulged in pan dulce and abuelita hot chocolate. The club also brought in instructors for free dance lessons in the SRWC to teach the traditional dance of Bachata, which originated in the Dominican Republic in the early 20th century.
Other events include a bilingual worship night, a Homecoming tailgate with taco salad and Entra a la Plaza, held at the Hunter Welcome Center.
“We are really trying to step it up this year with our events, social media, and being more involved with our members,” Hernandez said. “We really want that sense of unity.”
The Hispanos Unidos club will soon be opening up membership for this year. Membership into Hispanos Unidos requires a $6 fee and includes a personalized membership card, free event access, a traditional hand-woven bracelet and a discount for group t-shirts. Membership will not close until the end of the school year.
“The greatest thing about Hispanos Unidos is the atmosphere that is present at every Chapel, event and get-together we have,” Yesenia Soria, Historian of Hispanos Unidos and senior business management major from Pampa, said. “We are an all-inclusive familia of unique people from all different walks of life that unite to learn about, appreciate, and indulge in the beauties of Hispanic culture.”