September 24, 2023

JFMC Presents Latino Identities Month Events

The James Farmer Multicultural Center Presents Latino Identities Month Events

Manos Latinas: Giving Through FoodFriday September 15 – Friday October 13 | James Farmer Multicultural Center, Cedric Rucker University Center, room 319

LSA is sponsoring a month-long food drive with a local nonprofit organization to support local Latino families and their needs for food security. You are invited to help us make a difference for these families by contributing culturally appropriate non-perishable foods and goods. Together, we can help combat hunger while celebrating their heritage. We strive to embrace diversity, build connections, and foster unity as we create a stronger, more inclusive and supportive community. Change begins with us! You may bring your donations to the James Farmer Multicultural Center located in the University Center, room 319. The JFMC is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Latino Melting Pot DinnerTuesday, September 19 | 5 p.m. | Dining at the Top of the CRUC, Cedric Rucker University CenterCost with Campus Meal Plan: 1 meal swipe. For other prices, please check the Dining website at by University DiningJoin the students of the Latino Student Association and the University Dining team for a premium dining experience with the annual Latino Melting Pot Dinner, where you will meet the LSA Executive Board, learn about the diverse cultures, and taste a variety of delicious Latin and South American dishes.

Latino Identities Month Major Speaker: Dr. Rachel Gomez: Thursday, Sept. 21 | 7 p.m. | Chandler A/B, Cedric Rucker University Center

Dr. Gómez studies the influence of race and ethnicity in urban education and youth development. Her work investigates the significance of critical pedagogies on the critical consciousness and sociopolitical development of adolescents, with particular focus on identity, race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender and culture on educational experiences. From a practical and theoretical perspective, her research draws from Critical Race Theory and Indigenous ways of knowing, sociopolitical development theory, community cultural wealth and Participatory Action Research (PAR).

Fiesta de Culturas: Celebrating Latino Heritage through a Museum Exhibit and the Fiesta DC Parade | Sunday, Sept. 24 | 8:30 a.m. | Meet at GW Parking Lot

UMW students are invited to join LSA members on a trip to visit the exhibit of “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States.” This exhibit is at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. After the visit to the museum, we will watch the annual Fiesta DC parade on Constitution Avenue that begins at 1:00 pm. If you are interested in attending, you must register here and pay a $10 fee to cover the metro fare. Spaces are limited, so register early.

For more information, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at (540) 654-1044 or You may also visit Please email us at if you have any questions regarding disability-related accommodations.

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