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Food, fun, full citizenship mark Hispanic Heritage Month

Diversity United!” is the theme of MTSU’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is scheduled for Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 at various locations around campus.

The kickoff is slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, in the lobbies of the Keathley University Center and the Student Union Building.

(Click on the poster above for a printable PDF.)

Following a reading of the U.S. Constitution at 12:30 p.m. on Constitution Day, Monday, Sept. 17, in Murphy Center, 300 foreign nationals will be ushered into full U.S. citizenship through a naturalization ceremony.

This event is sponsored by the American Democracy Project in partnership with the District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. The swearing-in process is slated to start at 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, is “Rep Your Roots Day,” a time when each member of the campus community is encouraged to wear a short or hat that represents his or her heritage.

The Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center and FUTURO of MTSU will sponsor Hispanic Culture Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Tom Jackson Building. The evening will abound with traditional food, music and dance.

From 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, the campus community will celebrate the International Day of Peace. Participants will carry the banners of many nations in the Parade of Flags from the Student Union Building to the Global Learning Community house on Greek Row.

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority Inc. will sponsor Lambda Fiesta from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, on the Keathley University Center knoll. At noon on the knoll that day, the True Blue Pledge will be recited in Spanish.

The Intercultural and Diversity Affairs Center and Welcoming Tennessee, a collaboration of concerned Tennesseans who want the state to be hospitable to all, will present “Welcoming Murfreesboro” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the State Farm Lecture Hall of the Business and Aerospace Building. The event will be a discussion of how immigration affects the community and the benefits of living within a diverse population.

The “First Friday Cultural Meal,” featuring authentic Latino cuisine, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Raiders for Christ building,

A “Famous Latino Gays Display” will be available for viewing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, on the second floor of the Keathley University Center and the first floor of the Student Union Building.

All of these activities are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Caroline Bizot at 615-898-5812 or Caroline.Bizot@mtsu.edu. You also can download a printable version of the poster above at http://tinyurl.com/MTHispanicHeritage.

— Gina K. Logue (Gina.Logue@mtsu.edu)

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