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Moravian College Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage MonthBethlehem, Pa., September 18, 2013—Moravian College will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a number of events in the coming weeks. Observed annually from September 15 to October 15, it celebrates the history, culture, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

“Moravian students will be participating in ‘Celebrar Nuestra Herencia Hispana Local’ (Celebrate Our Local Hispanic Heritage), a series of programs to observe the rich Hispanic heritage in our local region,” said Chris Hunt, associate dean of students, and director of intercultural advancement and inclusion at Moravian College.

Moravian students are invited to take a bus trip to New York City for flamenco dancing, shopping, and a New York Red Bulls (major league soccer) game on Sunday, September 22. They will stop at Flamenco Latino, a dance studio on Broadway where dance instructors will show Moravian College students how to Flamenco! After a brief time out for shopping, the group will depart to Red Bull Area to watch the New York Red Bulls play the FC Dallas. The event is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion, the Office of International Studies, and the International Club.

A group of students will meet with Javier F. Cevallos, president of Kutztown University as part of a Leadership Development Visiting Series on Thursday, October 3. They will travel to Kutztown University to interview Dr. Cevallos, who will discuss his journey as an academic leader from an historically underrepresented group who emerged as the president of a university. Cevallos was born in Ecuador, moved to Puerto Rico, then moved to mainland U.S. He will also discuss the main arguments of the national immigration debate. The talk is sponsored by the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion.

Erika Sutherland, associate professor at Muhlenberg College, will visit Moravian College to present, “Young Immigrants, Immigration Reform, and America's Future," on Thursday, October 3. Sutherland has served on the Allentown School District’s Diversity Task Force and the Board of Directors of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches. She has been widely recognized for her community work: the local Hispanic press named her La Favorita del Pueblo (Professional of the Year) in 2007, when she also received the President’s Award for Social Ministry from the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the City of Allentown’s Human Relations annual prize. The talk is sponsored by the Arts and Lectures Committee, LVAIC, the History Club, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion.

The College will hold a Hispanic Heritage Month dinner on Sunday, October 6, in the Bahnson Center. Students will enjoy Latin American cuisine, music, and fellowship. The dinner is sponsored by the Instilling Diversity, Equality, and Awareness (IDEA) student group, and the Center for Intercultural Advancement and Inclusion.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation regarding physical accessibility, please contact the Center for Intercultural Advancement & Inclusion at hunt@moravian.edu at least 72 hours prior to the event.

In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson proclaimed an annual Hispanic Heritage Week that would include September 15th and 16th. The week was expanded to a month under President Ronald Regan in 1988. The significance of September 15th is that date is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and September 18th, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12th, falls within this 30-day period.

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. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s website at www.moravian.edu.