Published on September 12, 2023 by Kameron Brown  
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Hispanic Heritage Month falls between September 15 and October 15 each year, and Samford plans to celebrate the occasion with several events for students, faculty and community members to partake in.  The Office of Student Success and Diversity (OSSD) will be offering several opportunities to learn about why we celebrate the Hispanic community during this time and how you can further connect with your community.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 in honor of the independence anniversaries for several Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras.

In recognition of these historic dates and Hispanic Heritage Month, the Samford Latino Student Organization, the International Club and the Spanish Club will cohost events throughout the month with the Office of Student Success and Diversity. These events will be promoted on our office social media channels, @samforddiverse.

This year, the celebration will kick off on Ben Brown Plaza at 10:30 a.m., Sept. 21. Take a look at some of the events going on around our community this month!

Mariachi Band Garibaldi Performance 
Sept. 21, 2023
10:30 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
Ben Brown Plaza
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Latin American Heritage Festival 
sponsored by the Birmingham Museum of Art
Sept. 23, 2023
10  a.m. – 2  p.m.
There is no cost to attend, but guests must register to attend.

Lunch and Learn: Y’all means Todos: Empowering Latinos in America with Dr. Carlos Alemán, CEO of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama  (¡HICA!)
Sept. 26, 2023
11:45 a.m.
Dwight Beeson Hall 401

Fiesta Birmingham (Alabama’s largest Hispanic celebration)
Sept. 30, 2023
12 – 8 p.m.
Linn Park 

Samford serves as an official sponsor for this event. The Office of Admission, along with current students, will be present to share opportunities available on our campus.  The Office of Admission and the Office of Student Success and Diversity will sponsor a limited number of tickets for students and employees to attend. Each person is eligible to receive one ticket.

Reserve your free ticket.
Purchase additional tickets. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration in the Caf
Samford Dining will feature dining options to celebrate the Hispanic heritage. 
Dates coming soon. 

Mi Pueblo Lunch Special
Oct. 11-13, 2023
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Office of Student Success and Diversity will cover the cost of half your lunch buffet at Mi Pueblo Supermarket, Greensprings location. The buffet is regularly $13.  The office will cover $6.50 of your meal.  You will need to register before you go and present your Samford ID when you arrive.  You must register no later than 10:30 a.m. on the day you will attend. Support Samford alumna, Dolce Riveria ’17, CEO of Mi Pueblo. 

With events like Fiesta Bham, Alabama's largest Hispanic celebration, and the Latin American Heritage Festival hosted by the Birmingham Museum of Art, Hispanic Heritage Month in Birmingham will be a time for appreciation and recognition of our valued community. Students and faculty are encouraged to shop at Mi Pueblo for authentic Latin cuisine and to donate to ¡HICA!, a community development and advocacy organization that champions economic equality, civic engagement and social justice for Latino families in Alabama. 

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