NSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with cultural festivities

Although, Hispanic Heritage month is observed nationally from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, NSU chose to celebrate a little longer.

The festivities, designed to recognize Hispanic cultures, started on Sept. 10 and will run until Oct. 28.

On Sept. 10, students took part in a Latin–inspired Zumba Workout.

“I just loved Zumba. It is so much fun and it’s a great way to pick up some new exotic dance moves,” said Jalissa Lorenzo, junior psychology major.

Each Sunday, during the month of September, the Alvin Sherman library hosted the Cine Argentino Film Festival, which features showings of Argentinean films such as “La Soledad Era Esto,” a film about divorce and its effects on the family, which was shown on Sept. 25.

On Sept. 30, faculty, staff and administration from the Abraham S. Fischler School of Education will take a field trip into the heart of Little Havana in Miami. Delores Smiley, Ed.D., dean of the Office of Diversity and Cultural Affairs said 50 people will take a tour of various shops and other areas of the town. Smiley said many of the people on the trip work with students from Hispanic backgrounds.

“It’s going to be a learning experience for them,” said Smiley. “They will be able to learn about the history and the people.”

Students Alex Jimenez and Steven Roth, freshman biology majors, said they were happy that there are so many events to teach students about other cultures.

“The trip sounds like fun. It’s nice to see people appreciate diversity,” said Roth.

Jimenez, who is Puerto Rican, said students will enjoy the Latin food that will be served at events like the Taste of Hispanic Heritage, a food sale featuring Hispanic food and delicacies sponsored by the Hispanic Law Student Association on Oct. 6.

“You can never go wrong with Hispanic food, arroz con pollo, empanadas, tostones…but you need to experience the real thing — and not Taco Bell,” he said.

For more information about upcoming events visit: http://nova.edu/hispanicheritage/events.html.

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