In Photos: Latinx Heritage Month Kicks Off With a Fiesta

Latinx Heritage Month is underway and Loras College is celebrating with a full slate of events to educate ourselves and take part in events about the Latinx experience in the United States.

On Tuesday evening, students, faculty and staff gathered on the lawn outside the Miller Academic Resource Center for a Latinx fiesta with food and games to get the festivities underway. Over the next few weeks, more events will follow, including speakers, athletic events and social gatherings.

Some upcoming events include:

  • The Center for Inclusion & Advocacy hosting Sam Lozada (’14), who will speak to our campus about his involvement with the community as a Latinx Duhawk and share his vocation journey tonight at 6 p.m. in the Center space on the 5th floor of the ACC
  • This year’s International Day of Peace speaker is Olga Segura, a Black Latina born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, who will speak in the ACC Ballrooms on September 21 at 7 p.m.
  • The Loras Women’s Leadership Alliance and Loras LULAC will host “Mujeres Unidas: United Women” on September 23 at 5:30 p.m. in the MARC third-floor commons. Current Duhawks Claire Mendez (’22) and Alexa Reyes (’23) will share their stories of Latinidad before Colombia native Diana Miller (’09) speaks on her experience growing up, transitioning to Loras and life after graduation.
  • Loras LULAC and Duhawk Athletics will host their popular “Latinx Heritage Night: Somos Duhawks” on October 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rockbowl. Make sure to stop by to enjoy a taquiza from El Paisano and free “Somos Duhawks” gear.
  • Our Music and Spanish Departments, Spiritual Life, Center for Inclusion & Advocacy will host a Dia de los Muertos concert on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel to honor Day of the Dead celebrations.

Be sure to check out images from the Latinx fiesta in the gallery below and make plans to participate in other celebratory events from now through October.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).