Kateryn Sanchez // Contributing Writer
The University, known for its global initiatives and diverse cultural community, continues its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Nationally recognized from Sep. 15 to Oct. 15, Hispanic Heritage Month brings to light the history and culture from countries in Central and South America along with the Caribbean, Spain and Mexico.
Ranking number one in the nation in awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Hispanic students, the University is sure to continue the festivities.
The Student Programming Council held events such as the Comedy Show featuring Erik Rivera and the Hispanic Heritage Pit Event earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Sep.22, SPC hosted their annual Noche Latina event at the GC ballrooms, where they served a variety of Latin foods including Catering by Les and empanadas from Half Moon that is now open in PG6.
Along with the food and live entertainment from the Continental Brass Band, Por Colombia, the University joined in to represent and celebrate at the event.
“I was born in New York and my parents are both from Colombia,” said Alejandro Ospina, a junior majoring in Broadcast Media and President of Por Colombia FIU. The organization focuses on providing opportunities of growth to its members through academics, cultural, social and philanthropy projects while expressing love for their Hispanic heritage.
“Your roots are very important because that’s where you come from and what you grew up with. It shapes who you are and who you will become in the future,” said Ospina.
Before entering the event, students were able to pick up some SPC goodies including coffee mugs, notepads, water bottles and Hispanic heritage t-shirts.
Latin students and students with other ethnic backgrounds participated on the dance floor as the band played baladas, salsa, and cha-cha.
“My favorite part of the event has to be the tango lessons because I love to dance,” said Andrea Viejo, a junior majoring in Health Science Administration with a minor in Psychology. Viejo expressed that “Noche Latina” is an event that represents the various countries that make up our Latin culture.
Boanerges Grande, a junior majoring in Accounting, comes from a Nicaraguan family and attended the night of the event and said,“This is Hispanic Heritage Month and I’m a proud Latino. The live music and the energy it brings made people want to dance and I loved that.”