YIGIT KACMAZ, NEWS WRITER
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month started Sept. 15 and will be celebrated until Oct. 15. The Spanish and Latino Student Association (SALSA) has begun planning events for students on campus to celebrate and appreciate the month together.
“We are surrounded by a bunch of Hispanic cultures. The least we could do as an individual is try to understand one another and their differences,” Alondra Celeste Gonzalez, president of SALSA and fourth year international relations and philosophy double major, said.
As Wartburg has a diverse campus, the month of celebration means a lot to students with Hispanic and Latinx heritage. The student population is made up of 5% of Hispanic students. In the 2019 academic year, Wartburg’s enrollment was 1,505.
“I feel so happy with myself because I really enjoy my culture,” Romely Rodriguez, an international second-year from the island nation of the Dominican Republic, said. “For me, it is important that people know it. I feel like with the Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month people get to know more about my culture.”
The events and dates have not been finalized, but the team has been working to make them happen in accordance with the campus health guidelines.
“We want to bring into the spotlight all of Spanish and Hispanic popular and famous figures that are often taken for granted,” Gonzalez said. “We hope to bring a diverse selection of people from different countries, just so our cultures are more well-known.”
Students on campus interested in helping with events or joining SALSA can reach out to the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about SALSA and the events that will happen during the 2020 Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month celebration, follow SALSA on Instagram @wartburgsalsa and look for updates in The Juice.