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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at Upper Iowa University

Hispanic culture continues to have a profound effect on food, music, science, sports, politics, fashion, the arts and much more in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate the historic background, culture, heritage, and many influences of the Hispanic community in the United States. Join us over the next month as we celebrate and commemorate the contributions of Hispanics to culture both locally and globally.

Hispanic Heritage History

In September 1968, Congress authorized National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is independence anniversary of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence soon after on Sept. 16 and 18.

The observance was expanded in 1989 by Congress to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15). The United States celebrates the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Upper Iowa University is commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Please continue to visit this page as events are added. All are welcome to celebrate!

Our Narratives

Here’s a look at some of the events taking place virtually and in-person. Throughout the descriptions you will notice the term “Latin*”. The asterisk serves as a placeholder for new and emerging terms that consider the fluidity of social identities.

Interested in learning more about the asterisk? Come to the Lunch & Learn scheduled for Monday, November 15th at 12:10pm: Latinx/*: Challenging norms of language, patriarchy and gender. More details below!

Scheduled Events (All times CST)

September 15th - 12:10 PM - Lunch and Learn: Equity & Equality

Please join us Wednesday, September 15th at 12:10pm for a Lunch & Learn facilitated by Dr. John Grummel. This will be a primer in discussion on equity & equality.  Please see below for the zoom link. Should you have any preset questions please send them to John at [email protected].

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September 16th - 3:00 PM - International Coffee Hour

Come enjoy some tasty treats! Bring your UIU ID

Fresas con crema (strawberries and cream) shared by Alexa Salgado

UIU Fayette campus student-athlete Alexa Salgado, shared her grandma Ana Maria’s famous fresas con crema recipe.  Alexa is a senior majoring in Human Services with a minor in Pre-law. She is from Huntley Illinois and is proud of her Mexican and Spanish ancestry. Fresas con crema is a very popular no-bake Mexican dessert. Alexa’s family makes it on special occasions and she explained that when family sees this tasty dessert on the table they know it’s an important gathering.

Empanadas de calabaza (pumpkin empanadas) shared by Nikki Kuhn

Nikki Kuhn is the Career Development Specialist at UIU. Nikki shared the recipe for her dad’s favorite dessert: pumpkin empanadas. Nikki has been with UIU for three years and is from Cresco, Iowa. She is proud of her long Hispanic lineage that stems from her fathers’ side and traces back to Mexico, Spain and Portugal. Nikki explained that empanadas originate from Spain and Portugal, and there are many variations. Her family has slowly perfected the recipe and particularly enjoys them in the fall right out of the oven with a side of vanilla ice cream.

 

October 1-3 - ALL DAY - Homecoming weekend, Fayette campus

Friday, October 1st MSOC v. Northern Michigan at 2pm

Soccer games and youth soccer clinic. Children will join the players at the beginning of the game.

Interested and having your children join? Please contact Liam Haycock at [email protected]

Football October 2nd at 3pm versus Southwest Minnesota State

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Sunday, October 3rd MSOC v. Parkside at 2pm

Soccer games and youth soccer clinic. Children will join the players at the beginning of the game.

 

October 4th - 7:00 PM - The Walk of Immigrants with Saul Flores

Student Center Ballrooms

Also virtual, link will be available closer to the date, recording will be made available for 30 days

In the summer of 2010, Saul Flores embarked on a journey across 10 countries, walking 5,328 miles to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico.

The story of his journey, accompanied by a series of photographs, capture the essence of the people, communities, and cultures he encountered along the way. to bring awareness to Latin American issues. Sault’s project is all about promoting education, empathy, and humanity, all through photographs. Saul has earned national acclaim for the project and has been featured on NPR, TED, and several other press publications. Learn more about Saul’s project and what he learned along the way. Saul Flores – First Generation College Students and Service Learning Keynote Speaker (campuspeak.com)

October 11th - 7:00 PM - The Latin* Student Experience Then and Now

Hear from alumni and current students about their experiences both within and beyond UIU.

Adrian Sanchez ’13

Proud Venezuelan and Texan resident Adrian Sanchez graduated from U.I.U. and was the class of 2013 valedictorian. Adrian double majored in International Business and Marketing and was part of the U.I.U. Men’s Soccer team. At U.I.U., he was heavily involved in Phi Beta Lambda, Enactus, and president of P.A.S.T. (Peacock Alumni Student Tradition).  Adrian has worked for Hiossen as the Territory Branch manager since 2015 and has demonstrated a history of working in the medical device industry.

Santiago Cordero-Mendoza ’17

Santiago graduated twice from U.I.U. in 2017 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in Human Resource Management, and later graduated in 2020 with an M.B.A. focusing on General Business. He is an experienced career advisor with a demonstrated history working in the government administration industry. Over the last two years, Santiago worked for the Iowa Workforce Development as a Career Planner (M.S.F.W.) – Outreach Specialist. He’s now a Highway Technician for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Current Students:

Gabrielle Palomo, from Homewood Illinois,  is a senior at UIU majoring in Biology with a minor in Forensic Science. As if that doesn’t keep her busy, Gabi is a Resident Assistant, a member of Kappa Pi Upsilon, the Peacock Entertainment Crew and Mock Trial.

Alan Ayala, from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, is sophomore majoring in Business Administration. He is also a member of the UIU football team.

Topic: The Latin* Student Experience: Then & Now

Time: Oct 11, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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October 12th - 12:10 AM - Intersection of Identities and White Privilege

The disability community comprises one of the largest minority groups around the world with around 1 billion people experiencing some form of disability (WHO, 2011). Disabled people represent both a historically marginalized group and a vibrant, creative, and resilient community with an empowering history and culture. At the same time, the experience of disability is extremely diverse and readily intersects with other experiences of privilege and oppression. In this talk, Dr. Thomas Dirth will bring together his own experiences moving through higher education as a disabled person and his scholarship in ableism and disability identity to demonstrate the generative potential of intersectional disability experiences and perspectives to inform ongoing discussions and efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in higher education.

Dr. Thomas Dirth is an Assistant Professor of Multicultural Psychology at Bemidji State University. He graduated from Wartburg College with his B.A. in Psychology and went on to earn a M.A. in Psychology from University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Kansas. His scholarly interests and priorities are distinctly shaped by my experience as a physically disabled person. They include interests and research in the domains of diversity, intergroup relations, and ableism, and a wide range of disability-related phenomena elaborated within the interdisciplinary field of Disability Studies. He is passionate about teaching coursework that incorporates multicultural and marginalized perspectives to critically consider the psychological knowledge base. He is an advocate for greater access and inclusion of disabled perspectives (students, faculty, staff) in higher education. He enjoys spending his free time with his spouse and dog and embracing #Lakelife in Northern Minnesota.

Topic: Lunch & Learn Discussion with Mr. Dirth

Time: Sep 2, 2021 10:15 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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October 14th - 7:00 PM - Book Club: When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

Facilitated by Danielle Rosario Cushion, Assistant Vice President for Student Life

Noted as One of “The Best Memoirs of a Generation” (Oprah’s Book Club): When I was Puerto Rican details a young woman’s journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard.

Topic: When I Was Puerto Rican Book Club

Time: Oct 14, 2021 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

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Obtaining copies of the book (everyone invited!) 

  1. Fayette campus has copies available at the UIU Library
  2. Online and center students may go to their local libraries, or request a book through Interlibrary Loan:  Interlibrary Loan Request – Upper Iowa University (uiu.edu)
  3. If you need help, please contact the UIU Henderson-Wilder Library – Upper Iowa University (uiu.edu) through e-mail [email protected] or phone (563) 425-5261.
  4. Purchase a copy from your local bookstore or online. Amazon.com

 

November 15th - 12:10 PM - Lunch & Learn with Cristobal Salinas: Latinx/*:
Challenging norms of language, patriarchy and gender

Cristobal Salinas Jr., Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Educational Leadership and Research Methodology Department at Florida Atlantic University. His research promotes access and equality in higher education and explores the social and political context of education opportunities for historically marginalized communities. Dr. Salinas is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for the Journal Committed to Social Change on Race and Ethnicity. He has published over 21 peer-reviewed articles, co-edited 5 books, and over 27 book chapters, and has received over 25 international and national awards for his commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. His research has been featured in CNN, CNN Español, NPR, Telemundo, and Good Morning America.

Latinx/*: Challenging norms of language, patriarchy and gender

The categories of race, gender, and sexuality continue to be the site of analysis for many higher education researchers, effectively filling the void of intersectional approaches to student development and learning theory. Yet, we still struggle with terminology that honors Latinx/a/o students’ identities, let alone their intersections with systems of oppression. This presentation will engage in a dialogue about the importance of Latin* students’ identities and labels that have been (mis)used, (mis)interpreted, and have not been fully examined. The goal is to illuminate how the politics of naming social identities can perpetuate structures of power, and work toward transforming higher education through critical naming processes.

 

Resources

Hispanic Organizations

  • The Queen Sofia Spanish Institute is a nonprofit established to stimulate interest in the United States about the art, culture, customs, language, literature, and history of the Spanish-speaking world.
  • The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) is the hub of a national network of more than 120 mission-driven organizations that are anchor institutions in geographically and ethnically diverse Latino communities in 40 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. Members of the NALCAB Network invest in their communities by building affordable housing, addressing gentrification, supporting small business growth, and providing financial counseling on issues such as credit building and homeownership. A majority of the people served by the NALCAB Network are low- to moderate-income individuals who are immigrants, or the children of immigrants.
  • United We Dream: For undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., facing discrimination can lead to living in fear. United We Dream works to transform that fear into finding a voice. They empower immigrant youth to develop their leadership, their organizing skills, and to develop their own campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels to fight for justice and dignity for immigrants and all people.
  • The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund:  a national nonprofit organization with the principal objective of protecting and promoting the civil rights of U.S. Latinos through litigation, advocacy, educational outreach and the awarding of law scholarships.
  • The Committee for Hispanic Families and Children aims to improve the quality of life for Hispanic children and families with programs that meet the needs of low-income Hispanic families and children in such critical areas as youth development, child care, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, immigrant services, public policy and advocacy.
  • National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA): The mission of the National Hispanic Medical Association is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations.
  • The Latino Equality Alliance (LEA): Their mission is to promote liberty, equality, and justice for the Latina/o lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. As a non-profit organization with a strong focus on family acceptance, LGBT equality, and immigration reform; LEA engages Latina/o LGBT community leaders and organizations in direct action organizing to address issues of bullying, homophobia, xenophobia, family separation, violence against youth, homelessness, high health risk behaviors and HIV/AIDS.
  • The Latino Restaurant Association: Promotes, supports and educates restaurateurs and small business owners to ensure the equitable economic growth of the Latino restaurant sector.
  • Therapy for LatinX: A database of therapists who either identify as LatinX or have worked closely with LatinX communities and understands their needs.
  • NAMI’s Compartiendo Esperanza: This bilingual 90-minute presentation aims to increase mental health awareness in Latino communities by addressing key topics such as signs and symptoms of mental health disorders like anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression.
  • Unidos US, formerly the National Council of La Raza: Conducts policy analysis and advocacy activities in the civil rights arena in order to promote and protect equality of opportunity in voting, justice issues, education, employment, housing, and health care for all Americans.
  • MANA – A National Latina Organization: A national grassroots membership organization with chapters, individual members and affiliates across the country. MANA represents the interests of Latina women, youth and families on issues that impact our communities.

Virtual tours in Spanish-speaking countries:

Molina Family Latino Center at Smithsonian  is scheduled to open in summer 2022. You can see preview of exhibits at Events | Latino Center (si.edu)

360° panoramas – Virtual tours around the world – WorldTour360.com

Take a Hispanic Virtual Field Trip Around the World! • Bilingually Yours take a trip around the world to Spanish-speaking countries courtesy of bilinguallyyours.com with one major landmark per country.

El Museo del Barrio | visit El Museo – leading Latino cultural institution in NY

Argentina

Experience Buenos Aires, Argentina in Virtual Reality. (youvisit.com)  Virtual tour thru Buenos Aires

A video stroll through MALBA, one of Argentina’s Premier Museums (wander-argentina.com) Tour of MALBA  Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires  

Chile 

Tour Virtual MHN National Historical Museum in Chile

¡Discover Chile now! I Chile Travel

Colombia 

Museum of Contemporary Art Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia — Google Arts & Culture

Dominican Republic 

Dominican Republic | Has it all (drvirtualcountry.com) visit this page for everything DR

El Salvador 

Dreams of Dalí – Salvador Dalí Museum (thedali.org) visit the Dali museum in El Salvador and download Dreams of Dali to one of the popular virtual platforms

Guatemala

360° Photos of Guatemala w/ drone / 360° fotos de Guatemala con drone (dondroneguatemala.com) visit Guatemala with 360 drone tours

Experience Antigua, Guatemala in Virtual Reality. (youvisit.com) 360 ° views of the architecture of Guatemala

Honduras 

Copan Ruinas Honduras // Mayan Ruins Private Tour – Bing video

Roatan Honduras (fullscreen360.com) Roatan Honduras – Take a virtual tour of Roatan and see why this Honduras island is such a popular travel destination

Mexico 

Museo de Arte Moderno (inba.gob.mx) Museum of Modern Art Mexico

Virtual Tour – Frida Kahlo Museum (museofridakahlo.org.mx) -Absolutely fantastic site for fans of Frida Kahlo. Vibrant colors, tons of photos. A must-see!

National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, United States — Google Arts & Culture Learn more about Mexican culture with online exhibits

Nicaragua 

Experience Nicaragua in Virtual Reality. (youvisit.com) Experience Nicaragua in virtual reality

Spain

History of the Temple – Sagrada Família – Sagrada Familia A large unfinished Roman Catholic basilica in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudi

Visita Virtual – La Pedrera (Casa Milà)  Fantasitc tour for an architecture or interior design fans. La Pedrera allows seeing Gaudi’s architectural wonders. Easy to use. (That one is awesome)

Collection – Museo Nacional del Prado (museodelprado.es)  Museum of Art in Madrid Finest collection of European art from 12th to 20th century.

Buscar | Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (museoreinasofia.es) Queen Sofia National Museum of 20th-century art.

Tour Virtual de la Catedral – Catedral de Sevilla (lacatedraldesevilla.org)  Absolutely stunning tour of Seville Cathedral. Next best thing unless possible to visit in person.

Highlights from the Collection | Museu Picasso | The website of Barcelona city (bcn.cat)

This site offers virtual tours of some of the works of Picasso.

Puerto Rico

Outdoors | Discover Puerto Rico

Lear about a few Puerto Rican artists and their works at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: Puerto Rico | U.S. States | Smithsonian American Art Museum (si.edu)

Learn more about Puerto Rican history, heritage and landmarks: Puerto Rico – History and Heritage | Travel | Smithsonian Magazine

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