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Penn State To Host Virtual National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Penn State will kick off its month-long virtual celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Tuesday, September 15.

Many Penn State campuses, including University Park, will host unique events to recognize hispanic culture, including cooking demos, guest speakers, and more. The events hope to celebrate people and cultures from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

The virtual events will take place from September 15 through October 15. Many events will limit attendance to students and faculty at that specific campus.

Below is a list of each campus’s events, and a continuously updated version can be found here.

University Park

September 21 @ 6 p.m. — Julio Ricardo Varela, who founded and co-hosts a podcast called “In The Thick,” will host a Zoom call that talks about media representations of Latinos in America. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.

October 15 @ 6 p.m. — Critic, essayist, and author Myriam Gurba will deliver the keynote address. Email [email protected] for the Zoom link.


September 16, all day — The Penn State Berks Spanish Program, the Penn State Diversity Committee, and the Latinos United For Change club are joining together to officially begin Berks’ celebration. This includes a fun Dominican recipe cooking demo and a dramatic poetry reading.

October 16 @ 9:30 a.m. — Keynote speaker Javier Ávila will host a forum called “The Trouble With My Name.” Advanced registration is required, which can be found here.

Fayette, The Eberly Campus

September 22 @ 12:15 p.m. — Colombian American poet, speaker, actor, and author Carlos Andrés Gómez will be hosting his event, “Majority Of One College Tour.” This event is for Fayette students and faculty only, and people interested can email [email protected] for the Zoom link.


Throughout this week, Penn State Harrisburg will be promoting the PBS documentary series “The Latino Americas,” which can be found here.

Lehigh Valley

The Commonwealth campus will be using this week to displaying their Hispanic Heritage History wall display, which can be found in the Centre Hall hallway.

September 23 @ 12:15 p.m. — Carlos Andrés Gómez will be (virtually) stopping at Lehigh Valley for the next stop on his “Majority Of One College Tour.”


September 15 @ 12 p.m. — Students can participate in a Kahoot game, which will be hosted on Zoom here.

September 23 @ 12:15 p.m. — Students can join Carlos Andrés Gómez for the “Majority Of One College Tour.”

September 25 — Scranton business alum Alan Souza will speak to current Scranton Penn Staters, as well as prospective students.


September 23 @ 12:15 p.m. — Join Scranton and Lehigh Valley students in watching Carlos Andrés Gómez for the “Majority Of One College Tour.”

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