In conjunction with the nation’s Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the various racial and cultural identities encompassed by “Hispanic” Sept. 19-Nov. 1, UW-Madison will celebrate Latin@/Chican@ Heritage Month with more than a dozen events hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer in partnership with more than a dozen campus and community partners.
This year’s themes, is the result of collaboration among more than a dozen campus academic and student ethnic and service organizations, as well as the community. “Celebrating Identities,” goes to the heart of diversity within the Hispanic community, said Philip Denis, a campus and community liaison for the Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement’s Pathways to Educational Achievement program.
Exposure to culture, rather its growth in one’s own or learning about the cultures of others, is an important part of the Wisconsin experience, Denis said.
“On a predominantly white campus it’s important for cultures to be celebrated and appreciated, as well as providing an array of students with a sense of identity and connection. It also provides students from every background the opportunity to engage in different experiences.”