Mason Celebrates the Diversity within Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted: September 10, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: September 11, 2013 at 10:14 am

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By Haley McComber

Photo by Evan Cantwell

Photo by Evan Cantwell

The Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 theme at George Mason University focuses on our identities “within and across” our Latin cultures, embracing the diversity of our roots and the spectrum of our experiences.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education honors the national celebration of Latino life and culture with a series of events from September 15 to October 15.

The annual kick-off event, “Bienvenida Latina,” will take place Thursday, September 12, at the Johnson Center North Plaza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meet and greet with Hispanic/Latino students and experience the culture through activities and performances, as well as authentic cuisine by Sodexo.

Fashion shows, poetry readings, immigration monologues and an art exhibit tell the Hispanic heritage story. Following are a few of the many events scheduled:

  • Photo by Alexis Glenn

    Photo by Alexis Glenn

    “You’ve Got the Look! Fashion Show—Career Services.” Two fashion shows and a Q & A with a fashion/retail careers panel will be presented on Tuesday, September 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the Johnson Center Dewberry Hall.

  • “Shades of Brown: Annual Open Mic and Poetry” invites poets, musicians and spoken word artists with a strong voice to their cultures who tie in class, race, gender and orientation to come celebrate their roots. This event is Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro.
  • In the third annual “Immigration Monologues,” short monologues and stories will explore the immigration identities entering the United States looking for hope and better opportunities. This event is Monday, September 30, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema. Interested performers may contact Elizabeth Baires at for more information.
  • Soraida “Verdadismo” Reception and Art Exhibit will showcase Verdadismo paintings by artist Soraida Martinez in a weeklong exhibit. Martinez will be at the opening of the exhibit on Friday, October 4, at 6 p.m. in the Johnson Center Gallery 123. The exhibit runs through October 11.
  • Play “Latino Jeopardy” in the Johnson Center Gold Room on Wednesday, October 9, at 6 p.m.
  • “Alcanza College Fair” will be on Tuesday, October 15, at 10 a.m. in the Patriot Center. Each year the college fair attracts approximately 2,000 high school students and counselors to campus, where they have the opportunity to meet with 150 representatives from colleges and universities across the country. For more information, visit

For the complete calendar and list of events, see

Write to Robin Herron at

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