Hispanic Heritage Month ended on October 15th, and after a month full of events, the Multicultural and International Student Programs Office rounded everything out with the Hispanic Heritage Month reception. Held in the plaza rooms within Hofstra’s student center on the 22nd, the reception included cute doll souvenirs, a pinata, food, and music.
As the MC for the afternoon, I was able to share with those in attendance the things that make me proud to be Latina and give a much deserved shoutout to my parents back home. However, the most enriching part of the event was when keynote speaker Alicia Anabel Santos took the podium.
Santos, a Brooklyn born Dominican and self-identified Latina lesbian writer, motivational speaker, performance artist, producer, playwright, and activist did more than just talk about how great it is to be who she is in her speech. Instead, Santos spoke about dreams and how being who she is has never been very easy.
The event wrapped up with a dance performance by HOLA, Hofstra’s Organization of Latin Americans. Those in attendance got to learn a little bit about salsa, and bachata before trying out the moves themselves. Everyone left with candy from the pinata, a quitapena doll, and a belly full of empanadas.