Katerin Salgado, 3rd year Psychology Major with Pre-Health, Residential Advisor, #TigersofRIT

The importance of Hispanic Heritage Month is that collectively, from September 15th to October 15th, is the celebration and recognition of the contributions that Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish Americans to the North American culture. Behind the Bricks is celebrating the month through the representation of Hispanic students and leaders in the #TigersofRIT and #MondayMotiviation segments on our Instagram.

Here at RIT, students and faculty are honored to be living in an exceptionally diverse community. Together for this month, we commemorate and observe all of the achievements and contributions of Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish Americans as we celebrate with events on campus hosted by the Latin American Student Association (LASA) and the Latin American Deaf Club (LADC) who have members in both clubs that celebrate what it means to be part of the Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish American culture.

Nicole Badia, 5th year Industrial Design and President of Spanish Club, #TigersofRIT

Anna Reyes, a member of the LADC, is very excited about Hispanic Heritage Month. So far the club has hosted Latin Deaf Week from September 11th through the 16th. They’ve also collaborated with the Deaf International Student Association (DISA) for the Mexican and Central American Independence Day, and have also have worked alongside the Latin American Student Association (LASA) on September 29th for “Dia De Los Ninos (Day of the Kids).

LASA’s President, Danel Ruano, said that the club will be will be ending Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a Hispanic Heritage Jeopardy Game Night on October 13th in SDC 1300/1310. They will have members learn some trivia about our heritage and spend some time together as a family. Some other events that are happening during this month are Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Incorporated’s DACA Information & Awareness on Oct 9th in the Bamboo Room 2610 and Lambda Sigma Upsilon Fraternity Incorporated’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Oct 11th in the McKenzie Commons.

Ronald Moralea, 2nd year Advertising Photography Student and International Student, #TigersofRIT

Hispanic Heritage Month has many different meanings to each and every individual. For Danel, he said, “Hispanic Heritage Month is a way for me to re-immerse myself into my culture. Since I am not home due to school, I miss being reminded about my heritage. I miss the décor, the sounds, the enticing smells that that are in almost every Hispanic household. Being able to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month here at RIT gives me a taste of what it’s like being back home with my family. Hispanic Heritage Month is so important because it allows us to learn more about our cultures, other cultures and how they are all interconnected.”

With Hispanic Heritage Month ending on October 15th, look out for many future events at RIT with LASA, LADC, and DISA and other events around the Rochester area as we celebrate the lives and contributions of Hispanic, Latinx, and Spanish Americans to our society and culture!

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