Northwestern to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

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Northwestern to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 30, 2011

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Northwestern Oklahoma State University will celebrate with four different events – a piñata breaking, salsa tasting, an Hispanic display in the library and guest speaker Juanita Ortiz, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

Northwestern encourages all students, faculty and community members to come and celebrate this heritage at all these free activities.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m., on the east lawn of Herod Hall, a piñata breaking will take place, and there will be other fun games to play.

From 7-8 p.m., on Oct. 5 in the Education Center, room 108, Ortiz will speak on “Reciprocal Education Key to Success in Children of Undocumented Immigrants.” This talk will be broadcast via ITV to Northwestern- Enid, room 210, and Northwestern-Woodward, room 143.

Ortiz’s research and service areas include women and crime, prisoner re-entry, recidivism and stratification by race and class across life experiences.

As a child of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Ortiz and her siblings were able to use education as their main path out of poverty.

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a Salsa Tasting. This event takes place on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building.

The Hispanic heritage library exhibit currently is on display and will end Oct. 15.

Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, Northwestern celebrates the series in October.