Ball State kicks off awareness week events

Latino Student Union looks to dispel cultural myths.

Today through Friday, the Latin spirit will be celebrated on campus during this year's Latino Awareness Week.

Hosted by the Latino Student Union, various activities throughout the week will center on the theme, "Latinos: Not Just Rice and Beans."

"We plan to do a lot this year," said Moses Warren, president of the Latino Student Union. "And this is just the beginning."

Warren said he hopes this week's festivities will dispel myths and stereotypes commonly held regarding the Latino culture.

"There's more to Latinos than just Taco Bell," Warren said.

Events will kick off today with guest speaker David Davis, director of the Office of Early Outreach.

Davis, whose lecture will focus on college enrollment trends in the Latino population, will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. today in the Student Center, Cardinal Hall A.

A salsa workshop will teach aspiring dancers how to dance from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Center Tally.

In addition, Ray Blanco, a film and television producer, will be speaking about Latinos in the entertainment industry at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cardinal Hall B in the Student Center.

Joanne Reyez, vice president of LSU, said she believes Latino Awareness Week is about community members learning from each other.

"Through this, people can see that there's a lot about us other than stereotypes," Reyez said. "We can learn from each other."

Students will also be able to get a taste of Latino culinary delights at a cultural dinner held from 6-8 p.m. at Scheidler, Thursday.

Wrapping up Latino Awareness Week, a movie titled "The Time of the Butterflies," about a leader of the Dominican Republic, will be shown at 6 p.m. on Friday in the multi-purpose room in the Student Center.


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