Latino Heritage Month commenced Sept. 24 at Temple University’s Main and Ambler campuses. At Ambler, students, faculty and guests were treated to the sights and sounds of Latin culture in Bright Hall’s lounge.
The kickoff event featured Conga workshops, reflecting the importance of music in Latin culture. The success of superstars Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera and Ricky Martin have inspired Latin youth to continue this tradition.
The student group Latinos Unidos helped coordinates the day’s proceedings. The goal of the new organization is to unite Latinos on the Ambler campus, as well as to allow others to share in traditional Latin customs. The members of the group are proud of their ethnicity and want to share their enthusiasm with other students.
The AMLA believes music will help provide a better understanding of the Latino culture.
Latinos Unidos will also be involved in other upcoming activities to increase awareness of Latin traditions.
Organizations such as Latinos Unidos and Asociacion de Musicos Latino Americanos want to capitalize on the interest in their culture. Jesse Bermudez of the Asociacion de AMLA hopes its efforts will “address the community’s social and economic concerns.”
Rather than relying on outdated materials to inform the curious, thesegroups work to provide everyone with accurate information about Latin traditions.
For more information about Latino Heritage Month, contact Ambler’s Office of Student Life at (215) 283-1424. Representatives from Latinos Unidos can respond to all other inquiries.
The celebration of the Latin culture also extends to Main Campus.
Organizations similar to Latinos Unidos have formed to promote the culture. To learn more about future Latin-themed events on Main Campus, call (215) 204-7629.
Stephanie Guerilus can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.