MSU will bring Hispanic Heritage Month to life with celebratory events

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Contact: Aspen Harris

“Salsa in the Streets” is an annual tradition that kicks off the state of Mississippi’s observance of Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s event will take place on September 15 at the YMCA Plaza. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Mississippi – The State of Mississippi observes Hispanic Heritage Month starting this Thursday [Sept. 15] until October 15 with university groups planning a variety of festive events.

MSU kicks off the month with “Salsa in the Streets,” a food and dance occasion, Sept. 15, 7-10 p.m., in the plaza in front of the YMCA building. The event is hosted by MSU’s Access, Diversity, and Inclusion Division, which will also host a mix for Hispanic faculty, staff, and students at the Butler Guest House on September 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Throughout the month, the MSU College of Architecture, Art and Design hosts the Latin American and Latin Architecture Exhibit, featuring images of Latin American cities and modern architecture from the 20th and 21st centuries. In the McNeel Gallery at Giles Hall, the aim of the exhibition is to open conversations about transnational ties in the Americas.

The Latino Student Association also organizes two events to celebrate the month. “Fiesta De Colores,” a TikTok-inspired color party, is scheduled for Old Main Academic Center 3220 on September 22 from 5-7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring food, snacks or beverages of the color of their choice. Their second event, “A Taste of Latin America,” is taking place at Dawg House, October 7, from 5-8 p.m., and will highlight several Latin countries, their cuisine, and their culture.

For more information, contact Kei Mamiya, Acting Director of the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center, at [email protected]

MSU is the main university in Mississippi, available online at www.msstate.edu.

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