By Jonah Grinkewitz

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Old Dominion University is celebrating the launch of a new program to help new Latinx students.

The !Sigue Adelante! The program will provide academic mentorship and emotional and social support to first-year Latinx students. The group will meet monthly to talk about navigating college life. Each student will also have an individual teacher or alumni mentor.

The Adelante Dinner on October 15 will conclude the University’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a pinning ceremony for the inaugural cohort. RSVP here.

This event is one of many planned to mark the month, which celebrates Hispanic and Latino culture on campus beginning September 15.

The month’s events will kick off with an hour of student activities on September 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the South Mall at Webb University Center that will include games, giveaways, music and dance lessons.

That evening, the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Dinner will be held at Priority Club at SB Ballard Stadium from 6-8 p.m. The event will honor current Latinx students who are veterans for their contributions and service. RSVP here.

The guest speaker at the event will be Cassandra Madison, who will speak on identity and language. After being adopted in the Dominican Republic, She discovered that a colleague – with whom she bonded through their Dominican heritage – was her biological sister.

Other events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month include:

  • Charla @ the Hub, 12:30-1:30 p.m. September 19 in the Latinx Mane Hub room: Chat with the president of the Hispanic Student Chamber of Commerce about Latinx national heroes from their home country. RSVP here.
  • Supporting and Celebrating Multilingual Latinx Students, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. September 22 (virtual event): A conversation moderated by Ann Kumm, Instructor at the English Language Center, about how teachers and counselors can support multilingual Latinx students by capitalizing on their cultural and linguistic diversity for academic success. RSVP here.
  • Roe v. Wade: What Now?, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Hampton Newport Press Room: Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Equity Center and the Office of Intercultural Relations. RSVP here.
  • Charla @ the Hub, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 29 in the Latinx Mane Hub room: Student chat to film clips from John Leguizamo’s one-man Broadway show depicting humor and heartbreak as he traces 3,000 years of Latin history to help his bullied son. RSVP here.
  • HHM Faculty Luncheon, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 3 in the Hampton Newport Press Room: Faculty and staff will enjoy a meal and fellowship to celebrate culture and diversity.
  • Saint Guacamole, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 5 at 1200 Webb Center: Engage in conversation with the interfaith and Latino community about religious traditions within Hispanic/Latin culture in addition to learning how to make guacamole. RSVP here.
  • The X Factor, from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 6 in the Hampton Newport press room: A cultural roundtable on the use of the “x” in Latin, Filipino and queer identities. RSVP here.
  • Latin Dance Moves, 6-7 p.m. October 13 at North Cafe – Studio B: Instructor Chris Gutierrez and members of the WEPA dance troupe will help with various Latin dance steps for Bachata, Merengue and Salsa. RSVP here.

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