The Edmond Sun

September 14, 2013

UCO celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of free cultural activities Sept. 16-Oct. 17.           

Celebrated nationally since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes the independence of five countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. Today, the celebration has evolved into an appreciation of all Hispanic cultures.           

“Hispanic Heritage Month is another opportunity for the Central community to see our commitment to this rich culture,” said Stevie Johnson, coordinator of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, which sponsors the month’s events.     

“Whether you enjoy the traditional foods, dances, or learning a new language, you will have a culturally transformational experience.”

Events for Hispanic Heritage Month include:

• Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off, noon-2 p.m., Monday, Blue Tent at Broncho Lake: Central students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy food, cultural dance and arts and crafts.

• Loteria Night, 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nigh University Center Room 320B: Learn to play Loteria, a bingo-like game, enjoy chips and salsa and win prizes.

• Miguel Garcia and The DREAM Act, 6-8 p.m., Sept. 25, NUC Heritage Room: A discussion with Oklahoma City attorney Miguel Garcia and DREAMERS about immigration reform and its effects on the Hispanic community.

• Spanish 101, 6-7:30 p.m., Oct. 2, NUC Room 320B: Central community members are invited to learn the basics of Spanish during this interactive lesson.

• Movie Night, 6-8 p.m., Plunkett Park, Oct. 8: Watch a Hispanic movie under the stars.

• Taste of Latin, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 17, Plunkett Park: Experience Hispanic culture through music and food.

FOR MORE information about Hispanic Heritage Month, visit, or contact Johnson at 974-3588 or