AASU to celebrate Latino Heritage Week

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Armstrong Atlantic State University's Hispanic Outreach and Leadership is  hosting Latino Heritage Week.

"As our Hispanic population continues to grow we are almost at 6 percent enrollment total that's more than 400 so we are proud of that and our diversity in general - great amount of students that come from different countries," said Melody Rodriguez, of AASU.

The heritage week runs from Sept. 19 to 28. Events include a free screening of Alejandro González Irráñitu's film Biutiful and a lecture, "Immigration and Identity: The Cinema as a Meeting Place," which will be presented by AASU Spanish Professor Gracia Roldan.

Latino Heritage Week events:

Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Student Union Residential Plaza

Latino Heritage Week Kicks Off with DJ Pikachu
Sept. 20, 6-9 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Salsa Magic, an interactive Latin dance party This award winning dance party will feature free lessons, practice time and an exciting and fun close-of-show contest with prizes.

Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m.
Ogeechee Theater, Student Union
Free screening of Biutiful, a film by Alejandro González Irráñitu In Spanish with English subtitles (mature audiences). A love story centered on the journey of Uxbal (Javier Barden), a conflicted man who struggles to reconcile fatherhood, love, spirituality, crime, guilt and mortality in the dangerous underworld of modern Barcelona. His livelihood is earned out-of-bounds; his sacrifices for his children know no bounds. Popcorn and drinks provided.

Sept. 23, 8-10 a.m.
Student Union Lobby
Breakfast with HOLA, Phi Iota Alpha and Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc. (S.I.A.) Join the HOLA Club and the on-campus Latino sorority and fraternity for free breakfast treats, featuring Mexican hot chocolate and a delightful array of pastries, breads and other baked goods from México, Colombia, Argentina, Cuba and more.

Sept. 26, noon-1 p.m.
Ogeechee Theater, Student Union
Dr. Gracia Roldan, Armstrong Professor of Spanish, presents a lecture, "Immigration and Identity: The Cinema as a Meeting Place."

Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
Student Union Residential Plaza Fiesta Day. Visit the Armstrong Mercado (Latin market) where you can browse and sample a variety of Latin foods. Features include the Tradición Latina dance ensemble and Mariachi Guadalajara.

For more details about Latino Heritage Week, contact Melody Rodriguez at 912.344.2652.