This year, Concordia University Wisconsin students chartered a Latino Student Union to foster a sense of community among minority populations on campus.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is recognized nationwide Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, LSU faculty advisor Ana Sanchez offers some ways for the Concordia community, in general, to celebrate and support Latino culture.

Play Lotería.

This card game is Mexico’s version of Bingo. Try it on your own, or watch for an invite for a campus event in November!

Learn a Latino dance.

If you enjoy the dance floor, learn about the vibrancy of Latino dance styles. Here is a great dance studio in Milwaukee you can check out.

Make a charitable donation.

For a list of Latino/a-focused organizations, click here.

Attend an art exhibit or show.

Latino Arts in Milwaukee is a good place to start. They offer a Café con Arte gallery that has rotating artists featured. 

Support a Hispanic or Latino/a business.

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Southeastern Wisconsin is an organization devoted to empowering Latino Entrepreneurs in the area. Support the chamber or follow them on social to see some of their featured members.

Watch a movie to help celebrate.

Some of my favorites are McFarland, USA; Cesar Chavez; Vivo; or The Book of Life. LSU will host an event later this semester to show The Book of Life!

Learn about global news and events impacting the Latino/a community.

I suggest you listen to Latino USA.  This is a nationally syndicated public radio program distributed by NPR that brings together a diverse set of Latinx voices to shed light on the current cultural, political, and social issues impacting the Latinx community and our nation today.

This article is courtesy of Ana Sanchez, who has served at Concordia since 2019. Her current role is Outreach Specialist and advisor to the new Latino Student Union.