Please join The University of Dayton and The Office of Multicultural Affairs in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Educate, Empower, Engage

Wednesday, September 13: Culture Fest

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in KU Central Mall

The annual Culture Fest is a time when students, faculty and staff come together to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the University of Dayton’s campus. Culture Fest is a campus-wide collaborative initiative that showcases music, dance, spoken-word and culinary traditions.

Celebrate Diversity…Celebrate You!

Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for International Programs, Dining Services, Center for Student Involvement, Housing & Residence Life, Campus Recreation, ArtStreet, Women’s Center, New Student Programs,  Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Student Government Association

Wednesday, September 13: Checking the Pulse – Vigil and Discussion

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at KU 310 & Humanities Plaza

It has been over a year since the Pulse nightclub shooting, in which most of the victims were members of the LGBTQ+ Latinx community. Join us as members of the University of Dayton community come together again to process our thoughts, explore the continued impact of this event, and remember those affected. The discussion will start at 7:00 p.m. in KU 310, and then we will move together at 8:00 p.m. to Humanities Plaza to honor the victims with a candlelight vigil.

Sponsored by LGBTQ+ Support Services

Thursday, September 14: Film & Discussion: In the Shadows: Undocumented Immigration in America

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Roesch Library Collab Space

This film, a modern day "Grapes of Wrath," follows Jairo and his extended family of undocumented immigrants from their home in Mexico to a dairy farm in the USA in search of a better life and a means to send money home to their struggling families. Along the way, they encounter dangerous border crossing conditions and a run-in with immigration authorities. This film explores why immigration remains an enduring issue for our country. Facilitators: Jennie and Andres (Choco) Valdez.

Co-sponsored by University of Dayton Libraries and Welcome Dayton

Saturday, September 16: 17th Hispanic Heritage Festival

At downtown Dayton Riverscape Metropark

Each year the Dayton region invites those of Hispanic heritage to come and share their culture not only with one another, but with the community as a whole at the Annual Hispanic Heritage Festival held at Riverscape. Whether you come out to the festival to share your cultural heritage, to learn about other countries, to support a good cause or simply to enjoy some good food, good music, and good times, a variety of entertainment awaits you!  Activities include:

  • Live Music with Great Entertainment
  • Expanded Children’s Area including races and face paintin
  • Domino Demonstration; Learn the history and rules of the game
  • Raffles, including 50/50 Raffle
  • Educational Cultural Displays
  • Dayton Dragons, appearances by Gem

Bands representing various countries perform to an audience that can simply sit and listen or can choose to get up and dance! Dance troupes also perform various traditional dances. 
Foods from Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Peru, among others are also available, and vendors will be selling crafts from various countries as well as flags and t-shirts.

FREE Shuttle for UD Students every 30 minutes from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  - pick up location at Alumni Hall

Transportation provided by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Festival is sponsored by The Puerto Rican, American and Caribbean Organization (PACO)

Monday, September 18: OMA Day – Hispanic Heritage Month Lunch

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

Join OMA as we dine together in the spirit of fellowship in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. A variety of authentic dishes associated with Latin culture will be served. This event is free to all UD students, faculty and staff.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Wednesday, September 20: Hispanic Heritage Month Cookie Facts

12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Marianist Hall Lobby

Stop by Marianist Hall to grab a free cookie and learn a little more about the significant roles that Latinos and Latinas have played in the shaping of U.S. and world culture. 

Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs, New Student Programs and Housing & Residence Life

Wednesday, September 20: IEP Global Game Night - Latin America

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 pm. in the Rike Center

Global Game Night is a recurring event developed to create a relaxed, fun environment where international, Intensive English Program, and US students can engage with one another. Each night will focus on a different region of the world and feature games and snacks from that region. September’s Global Game Night will focus on games and activities from Latin American countries. This event is PATH eligible and has limited space. Sign up in advance  - Should I put the link here? Also note the time change because of our new schedule.

Sponsored by the Center for International Programs

Thursday, September 21: Film & Discussion:Visiones: Latino Art & Culture Episodes 3 & 4

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Roesch Library Collab Space

This is a two part documentary, Episode 3 features Luis Valdez and the legendary Teatro Campesino, a segment of San Antonio's Day of the Dead Celebration, the image of the Virgen de Guadalupe as a Latina icon, experimental border filmmaker Willie Varela, and a profile of Chicago's soapbox artist Carlos Cortez. Episode 4 features New York's Latino Hip-Hop and dance cultures. The Hip-Hop story looks at the new wave of Latinos who took Hip-Hop and created a culture that revolutionized the genre. It features New York Hip-Hop dancing couple Rokafella and Kwikstep. Then it travels to Miami's unique Afro-Cuban sound. The second segment also takes us to Miami to experience a music that is a blending of traditional Cuban music, explosive jazz and American Pop called the Miami Sound. Musical artist Willy Chirino is featured in this segment. The episode ends in Los Angeles with modern dance pioneer Rudy Perez. Though legally blind, Perez continues to create and inspire as a teacher and choreographer for his Los Angeles based Modern Dance Company. Facilitator: Dr. Judith Huacuja.

Co-sponsored by University of Dayton Libraries and Welcome Dayton

Monday, September 25: Friends of Latin America

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Meet students, faculty and staff with an interest in or affiliation with Latin America and its languages and cultures.

Sponsored by the Center for International Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, September 28: Latin Dance Night

5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

Come out and enjoy a night of fun and dancing with the Multicultural Programming Council (MPC). This night is for those seeking a great mix of Latin and African dancing and more!

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Multicultural Programming Council (MPC)

Thursday, September 28: Film & Discussion: Even The Rain

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Roesch Library Collab Space

(Spanish: También la Lluvia) is a 2010 Spanish drama film directed by Icíar Bollaín about Mexican director Sebastián (Gael García Bernal) and executive producer Costa (Luis Tosar) who travel to Bolivia to shoot a film depicting Christopher Columbus’s conquest. Sebastián and Costa unexpectedly land themselves in a moral crisis when they and their crew arrive at Cochabamba, Bolivia, during the intensifying 2000 Cochabamba protests, which their key native actor Daniel (Juan Carlos Aduviri) persistently leads. Facilitator: Gabriela Pickett.

Co-sponsored by University of Dayton Libraries and Welcome Dayton

Monday, October 2: Latino/a Student/Faculty/Staff /Alumni and Community Meet and Greet

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Kennedy Union RM 331

Join the UD community as we fellowship together in the spirit of La Familia. Individuals will have the opportunity to share in experiences with a special focus on comunidad and haciendo conecciones. All who are interested are welcome to attend.     

 Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Tuesday, October 10: ARTSLIVE Presents: JOAN SORIANO: The Duke of Bachata

7 PM in the Kennedy Union Boll Theater

Hailing from the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano fashioned his first guitar from a tin can and fishing line—and never looked back. First forming a band with some of his 14 siblings, Soriano now tours internationally. The popularity of Soriano’s steel guitar-based rhythmic folk music, known as bachata, is growing in leaps and bounds.  Essential to Dominican culture and eminently danceable, bachata (which initially meant simply “backyard party”) draws upon a variety of influences from Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.  In Soriano’s hands, it is a sometime soulful, sometimes celebratory dive into the rhythms of his homeland.

Tickets (sold at the UD Box Office):

  • UD Student - FREE
  • Youth/non-UD-Student - $8.00
  • General Admission - $18
  • UD Faculty/Staff/Alumni - $15
  • Senior- $15

NOTE: PATH point programs require prompt arrival; pick up your free ticket in advance at the KU Box Office in the Kennedy Union Lobby anytime prior to the concert, Mon-Fri, 9AM-3 PM.

Sponsored by ArtsLive

Friday, October 13: REAL Topics: Machismo...Exaggerated Masculinity?

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

What does it mean to be a tough guy in Latino culture? Does it mean you have the tools to support and protect your family, or does it mean you possess a set of behaviors that contribute to rigid gender roles that include the objectification of women? Join us as we deconstruct the term machismo and discuss its cultural relevance in today’s society.  

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Women’s Center


Sunday, October 15: Bilingual Mass

6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

All are welcome to celebrate Mass in Spanish and English. Todos son bienvenidos a Santa Misa en Espaňol e Inglés.

Please contact Kathy Sales at ksales1@udayton.edu if you would like to be a Eucharistic minister at this Mass or have questions.

Sponsored by Campus Ministry

Monday, October 16: Latin Flavors Student Potluck

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Alumni 101)

Enjoy a variety of authentic Latin dishes prepared by UD students. Join us as we dine and fellowship together in the true spirit of la familia. All are welcome and you do not need to bring a dish to attend.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, El Orgullo Latino (EOL), the Society of Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) and the Hispanic Student Business Association

Tuesday, October 17: This land is your land…this land is my land?

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

The United States has historically been considered a place where everyone is welcomed and should be afforded the inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. For many, however, these “rights” are becoming increasingly less attainable as the discussion of U.S. citizenship becomes more and more polarizing. Join UD faculty, staff and students as we discuss the concept of what it means to be an immigrant in the United States today and who gets to decide who calls the U.S. "home." Join us as we engage in dialogue over these and other questions.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 


For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month events please call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 229-3634

Co-Sponsor for the Cultural Heritage Month Programming Series - The University of Dayton's Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

Office of Multicultural Affairs

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