Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month 2019

Calendar of Events

Beards Town Trip

Sunday, September 15th 10am – 2pm

This is the annual trip where UIS provides transportation to UIS students to expeirence the mexican idepence day celebration in the Beardstown square.


Flag Raising

Monday, September 16th 7pm – 8pm

Legacy Side of Campus

At the beginning of the month, three flags will be raised on the Legacy Side of campus to represent different Latin American countries of familial origin. As each flag is being raised, a member of the campus community will speak on important historical events and/or a personal connection to the country that flag represents.

Dia de Salud


Thursday, September 19th 8pm – 10pm

Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room

As a collaboration between amoung campus groups, this event is meant to bring awareness to the health problems associated with the Hispanic/LatinX diet and community.



Under the Same Moon Film and Discussion

Friday, September 20th 7pm – 9pm

Brookens Auditorum

An event proposed to be part of ECCE Speaker Series, this is a film and discussion event. We will watch the film Under the Same Moon (2007) and have a panel discussion following the screening. This event is meant to engage and grapple with the topics of immigration, undocumentation, and family ties beyond borders.

Sip N’ Paint

Tuesday, September 24th 7pm – 8pm

Student Union Student Leadership Center

Hispanic/LatinX culture is bright and very colorful, so what better way to express that than through the art of painting. Students will have the opportunity to paint what it means to be a part of the Latinx community, whether it is a chancla or a national icon (flag) it will take us down memory lane and sparks many conversations.

Cafe con Leche

Wednesday September 25th 7pm – 8pm

This is meant to be an education/conversational event to learn about the rich history of colonial encounters and their legacies, migrations, (racial and culinary) mixture and the politics of colorism, issues that inform much of the experiences of people of color in the Americas.

Soldiers Who Salsa (Julio Barrenzuela)

Friday, September 27th 6pm – 8pm

Student Union Pre-function Area

Julio Barrenzuela, Soldiers Who Salsa Outreach Director, would come to campus to teach the history of Latin Dance and showcase the work he does with Soldiers Who Salsa. Part of the learning will be moving and learning the basics of Latin Dances such as Cumbia, Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa. No dance partner needed!

CIELO Scholarship Dinner

Saturday, September 28th 6pm – 10pm

Student Union Ballroom

This is an event through the community organization CIELO. This will be a scholarship event and night to celebrate Hispanic/LatinX culture in Springfield. There will be traditional snacks and an opportunity to show off your dance moves you learned from Friday!

Note: $25 per person for community members. UIS students must RSVP. Link to come soon.

Cafecitos: Samantha Alonso

Tuesday, October 1st 6pm – 9pm

Student Union North Ballroom

Cafecitos is a workshop brought to campus by the Illinois Comptroller. The workshop will focuse on how Latinas and marganlized groups can best manage their personal finances, discuss potential scams and fraud, address concerns about being a victim of identity theft, and learn about State resources available to small and minority business owners.

La Familia Cook Out

Saturday, October 5th 1pm – 3pm

REC Park

Saul Flores: Walk of Immigrants

Wednesday, October 9th 8pm – 9pm

Student Union Ballroom

Pan y Café: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America

Thursday, October 10th 6pm – 8pm

Diversity Center Lounge

From José Sarria to Danica Roem and Mayor Pete: LGBTQ+ Candidates Past and Present

Monday, October 14th 4:30pm – 6pm


Now It’s Your Turn

Tuesday, October 15th

Diversity Center Lounge