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Hispanic Heritage Month launches Friday, runs through Oct. 16 at CSB and SJU

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with 10 events, beginning Friday (Sept. 16) with Festivale! An array of food, mariachi music, games and prizes – produced by Student Activities Leadership Development – will be on the mall at Saint Ben’s from 7-9 p.m.

Sacred Heart Chapel will be the site of a bilingual Mass at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Los Mayordomos de Dios and CSB Campus Ministry will help produce the Mass, which will be in Spanish and English. Another bilingual Mass will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 16 to mark the end of the month of festivities.

Bonita Fest, an open mic night at CSB’s Darnall Amphitheater, will feature songs, readings of poetry and other writing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. Food and drinks will be provided by the Sister Nancy Hynes Institute for Women’s Leadership.

On Thursday, Sept. 22, a Latinx Summit for Social Entrepreneurs will be open to all college students and recent graduates in Greater Minnesota. The event, produced by Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research, will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can register with HACER to participate virtually or simply attend in person at the CSB Multicultural Center.

Carlos García Velasco, lead organizer for the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en Lucha (CTUL) will speak about his organization, its worker rights campaign in the construction industry, and current organizing experience during a Latino/Latin American Studies (LLAS) guest lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Multicultural Center. His speech is titled “Organizing for Change: The Worker-Driven Social Responsibility Model.” The Minneapolis-based CTUL promotes worker rights, including in the non-unionized sectors of the Twin Cities metro area construction industry, seeking to improve conditions for all workers.

A bonfire event, Hispanic Heritage Bridge Night, also is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 28 in the Idzerda Commons at Saint Ben’s. The Interfaith Leadership Team and Los Mayordomos de Dios will provide snacks and an opportunity to talk about faith in Hispanic and Latin American cultures. Los Mayordomos de Dios also will host an event in October for students to decorate a picture frame of their past loved ones and have it displayed at the end of the month, as is traditional in some Hispanic and Latin American cultures. The frames will be displayed in Clemens Library through the first week of November.

And on Oct. 10, Hispanic studies professor Bruce Campbell, who is also director of the LLAS, will mark the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Mural Movement by leading a tour of Chicano murals in South Minneapolis. Transportation will be provided for those who register in advance.