El Centro kicks off National Latinx Heritage Month Sept. 18

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National Latinx Heritage Month is a time to celebrate community and connections. El Centro has a series of free events, speakers, and fundraisers planned to explore the intersectionality of the Latinx community in 2017. (Latinx is a gender-neutral term for those with cultural ties to Latin America.)

The kickoff event will be held at El Centro, on the main floor of the Lory Student Center, on Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The campus community is invited to celebrate with music, games and Mexican bread, and contribute to the canned food and school supplies drive for Laurel Elementary School.

Two national speakers will be on hand during the month. On Sept. 20, 6 p.m. YouTube and mitu personality Kat Lazo will appear in the Lory Student Center Theater; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Then, on Oct. 5, at 5 p.m,  Jennicet Gutierrez, transgender activist who works to bring attention to the exclusion of LGBTQ individuals from the immigration debate, will speak in the LSC Theater; doors open at 4:30 p.m.


Other events during the month

Portrait Kat Lazo
Kat Lazo
Jennicet Guiterrez
Jennicet Guiterrez

NPR: The Latinos of Asia, How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race, Sept. 26, 5-6 p.m., Corbett Hall Lounge

Overcoming Barriers within the Latinx Community: Accessing Support through Counseling, Sept. 27, noon-1 p.m., LSC 304-06

Chipotle Mexican Grill Fundraiser (all proceeds go to SOMOS Rams-Latinx First-Year Student Retreat), Sept. 27, 5-9 p.m., Chipotle, 649 S. College Ave.

Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Chapter Fundraiser, Oct. 1, 2-5 p.m., El Mercadito, 1603 Underhill Drive, Unit 4.

Affinity Arts, Oct. 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., LSC Grey Rock Room. The purpose of this event is to engage the CSU community in conversations about difficult topics related to race, gender, sexual orientation, ability, etc. in a fun and interactive way.

Collaborators on the NLHM celebration include El Centro, RamEvents, Poudre School District, KCSU, CSU Health Network, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Pride Resource Center, College of Natural Sciences Education and Outreach Center, Student Resolution Center.

For more information, go to elcentro.colostate.edu.