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El Centro leads the month in Hispanic pride

Hispanic Heritage month began Saturday. At CSU, El Centro will celebrate the month with events for CSU students and community members.

CSU has 1,873 undergraduate students who identify themselves as Hispanic in comparison to the 23,261 total undergraduates, according to the 2011-2012 Institutional Report put out by the university.


This is the second-largest ethnic population on campus next to those who identify as “white, non-Hispanic.”

“It’s a big community and we want more people outside of our culture to join,” said Brandy Salazar, program aide for El Centro.

Events will vary from films, graffiti, to math, science and technology.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

“Fake Tacos and Real Talk” led by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s LaFe (Latino Fellowship)
When: Sept. 18, 6 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center Grey Rock Room

Film night “Cointelpro 101”
When: Sept. 19
Where: LSC Grey Rock Room

Preconceptions and Misconceptions about Latino Culture
When: Sept. 19, 4 p.m.
Where: El Centro in the Lory Student Center

Real Talk: Intersecting identities of Afro Latino
When: Sept. 20, 4 p.m.
Where: Black/African American Cultural Center in the Lory Student Center

Latinos and Empowerment
When: Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center, Room 213


The DREAM Act: A Path to Citizenship
When: Sept. 22, 12 p.m.
Where: El Centro in the Lory Student Center

Agriculture, Climate Change & Food Security: Studies from the US & Latin America
When: Sept. 23, 5 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center, Room 220

¡Vamos La Universidad! – For Spanish Speaking Parents
When: Sept. 24 – 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Rockwell Hall
Contact: Jimena 970-416-2012

How Ovarian Cancer Affects Women
When: Sept. 26, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center, Room 230

Exploring Heritage Study Abroad
When: Sept .27, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Laurel Hall, International Resource Center, Room 8

Environmental Justice in Chile Presented by Ernesto Sagas
When: Sept. 28, 6 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center, Room 214

T.E.A Time: Immigration – Past and Present
When: Oct. 4, 4 p.m.
Where: Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center in the Lory Student Center

GUIDE Film Series: Fight of the Fields
When: Oct. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Corbett Hall

The Queen of Water: An Andean girl’s inspiring journey to reclaim her identity
When: Oct. 6, noon-1:30 p.m.
Where: Front Range Community College, Longs Peak Student Center, West Conference Room

Value & Challenges of Bilingual Education at Irish & Harris Elementary PSD Schools
When: Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m.
Where: Behavioral Science Building Rm. 105

Sounds of Caribbean
When: Oct. 8, 6 p.m.
Where: Council Tree Library, 2733 Council Tree Ave., Fort Collins

Discussion with Monica Palacios, a Chicana Lesbian Comedian, speaking about her Coming Out process.
When: Oct. 12 – Performance at 7 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Graffiti 101 with Metzli
When: Oct. 18, 4 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center, Room 208

Hispanic vs. Latino: How do you identify?
When: Oct. 19, 6 p.m.
Where: El Centro

Noche Latina: Cultura, Musica y Sabor
When: Oct. 23, 5-10 p.m.
Where: Lory Student Center Ballroom

Diversity beat reporter and entertainment reporter Bailey Constas (@BaileyLiza) can be reached at

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