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Latino Awareness Month offers dynamic list of campus events

Posted: September 16, 2009

(Denver, Colo.) — ´╗┐Metro State is celebrating Latino Awareness Month, Sept. 15 to October 15, through a variety of activities including, but not limited to, the following: 

“Mexico’s Independence and the Implications for the U.S. and Mexico’s Society”
Thursday, Sept. 16 at 11:30 a.m. in TIV Multicultural Lounge
To commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day, History Professor Vincent C. De Baca will present a talk.

Salsa, Soul and Students
On Friday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Cajetan’s Center
More than 100 Denver Public School students will converge at St. Cajetan’s Center for Salsa, Soul and Students. The free event is open to the general public. The event features Salsa historian Eileen Torres and Bobby Sanabria, a multiple Grammy-nominated drummer, percussionist, arranger, composer and bandleader. To read more about the events, visit

21st Century Economic and Cultural Integration: Mexico and the United States Symposium
Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in St. Cajetan’s Center
The symposium begins with a breakfast buffet sponsored by the Chamber of the Americas’ Executive Forum. The keynoteCurrent Economic and Political Issues in Mexico” will be delivered by the Alternate Senator for State of Veracruz Juan Fernando Perdomo Bueno. The cost is $25, and RSVP is required at 303-462-1275.

All over events, free and open to the public, are being sponsored by Metro State, Telemundo, LARASA (Latin American Research and Service Agency) and the Chamber of the Americas. For more information on the event, visit

Below is an abbreviated agenda:
10 to 11:15 a.m.
Border Region Prosperity - Challenges and Opportunities: Perspectives from Mexico, Colorado, and Canada

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
La Cultura Cura: comida, danza y musica (Culture Cures: food, dance and music)

1 to 2:15 p.m.
Community-Based Health Care Reform

2:30 to 3:45 p.m.
Immigration – Business, Community, and Human Perspectives

4 to 5:30 p.m.
Reception and cultural close

Cultures & Careers: Stories from Latino Professionals
Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Tivoli 640
Presented by Career Services.

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Sunday – Wednesday, Oct. 11-14
Continuing a 12-year history of bringing renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to Metro State, this year’s Castro Professorship will feature artist and educator Delilah Montoya for a series of events. To read more about the various events or Montoya, visit

Etiquette Luncheon
Thursday, Oct. 15 at 11 a.m.
Student Activities will celebrate Latino Awareness Month through their annual Etiquette Luncheon featuring food from Latin America and discussions about different traditions for formal dining in Latin American countries. Tickets are $7 for students and $20 for faculty and staff, and are available in Metro State Student Activities, TIV 305.


About Metropolitan State College of Denver

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