SMU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

SMU celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 at SMU

SMU will celebrate the 30 days of National Hispanic Heritage Month -- from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 -- with a variety of events, including a parade, Mariachi music, a family luncheon, a poetry slam and a lecture by alumna Belita Moreno of the George Lopez Show.

Activities at SMU related to Hispanics' heritage, culture and contributions to the American way of life include:

  Sept. 19 Food Chain with the SMU Women's Center
Noon in Atriums A-B of Hughes-Trigg Student Center
This discussion group provides support, education, and mentoring opportunities for women of color who are faculty, staff, and students. These women build deeper connections with one another as they share food. Contact Val Erwin at or Krystal Jones at
  Sept. 20 Viva America
7 p.m. at the SMU Flagpole
This will include a small flag parade at the beginning of the program followed by performances by a Mariachi band and traditional Hispanic dancing.
  Sept. 24 1st Generation/Immigrant Student
6 p.m. in Porticos B-C-D of Hughes-Trigg Student Center
A discussion about the lives of students who are first-generation immigrant.
  Oct. 6 La Familia Luncheon
1 p.m. in the Ballroom of Hughes-Trigg Student Center
A lunch with students and their parents.  There will be an introduction to the Hispanic organizations, performances and food. Reservations are required; call 214-768-4578.
  Oct. 8 Real Talk
Noon in Porticos B-C-D of Hughes-Trigg Student Center
Topic - TBA
  Oct. 9 Beta Poetry Slam
7:30 p.m. in the M Lounge of Hughes-Trigg Student Center
Sigma Lambda Beta is hosting a poetry slam. A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work.
  Oct. 12 Community Service-Tierra Sur
All Day in Dallas's Oak Cliff area
Volunteering that a Latin Heritage Festival Hosted in Oak Cliff.
  Oct. 16 Alumna Belita Moreno of the George Lopez Show
6 p.m. in the Theater of Hughes-Trigg Student Center
Moreno will talk about being a Hispanic woman in the entertainment industry and her time here at SMU. She grew up in Oak Cliff and graduated from SMU in 1971 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is best known for her roles as Benita "Benny" Lopez on the ABC sitcom George Lopez and Edwina Twinkacetti/Lydia Markham on Perfect Strangers.

For more information, contact Melanie Johnson of SMU's Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 214-768-4582 or

According to the, "The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402."

Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 at SMU