Ferris State University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events that begin Tuesday, Sept. 18 with performances by Chicago-based dance group AfriCaribe and spoken-word artist Michael Reyes.
The kickoff celebration will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Campus Quad, and will include arts and crafts, food, and music. The event is the first of several organized by Ferris’ Office of Multicultural Student Services to educate and engage the university and Big Rapids communities.
“Every OMSS event is an opportunity for the campus community to engage with one another and learn about cultural awareness,” said Michael Wade, OMSS assistant director.
Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 in the U.S. to recognize the contributions made by people of Hispanic descent and to celebrate Hispanic culture.
Other events planned by OMSS include two film presentations that commemorate Hispanic heritage. The documentary “An Unfinished Dream” will be shown at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 in IRC 120, and “El Cantante,” starring Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 during Latin Film Night in IRC 120.
OMSS also will offer an AIDS Awareness display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15 in the IRC Connector to mark National Latino AIDS Awareness Day.
Ferris has been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month since the early 1990s. Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration events are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit the OMSS site at http://www.ferris.edu/omss/ or call (231) 591-2617.
Last updated: 09-11-2012