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Misconceptions about Ethnic Diversity to be Explained at Moravian

Hispanic Heritage Month program to feature panel discussion

Bethlehem, Pa., September 25, 2009—As part of its 2009 Cultural Awareness Program, the Office of Institutional Diversity at Moravian College will hold a panel discussion on September 28, during Hispanic Heritage Month, to address Misconceptions about Ethnic Diversity within the Hispanic, Caribbean, and Latin Cultures.  The panel discussion will take place from 7-8:30 in the UBC room of the Haupert Union Building.  The public is welcome to attend and admission is free of charge.

The panel will feature various members of the Moravian and local community.  Faculty and staff members include Bernardo Cantens, Silvia Mandler, Nilsa von-Lasso Long, and Michelle Rodriguez.  They will be joined by Ramon Arreola D.D.S., and Elsa Vazquez from St. Luke’s Hospital.  Discussions will help attendees take away a new understanding of Hispanic culture that extends beyond tacos and sombreros.

First held in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is the period to recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and to celebrate Hispanic heritage and culture. It annually begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. The term Hispanic, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race. More than 35 million people identified themselves as Hispanic or Latino on the 2000 Census.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.