Date night raises awareness

In celebration of Black History Month, Latino Awareness Association held a dance night on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. in the TSAR.

Students were invited to join and learn some Hispanic dance moves to legendary Latin music.

Kathy Perez, an executive board member for the association, had a lot to say about the event.

“(We) are so happy to put on this dance as a part of Black History Month,” Perez said. “I am extremely grateful to be able to host this event. I hope everyone enjoys themselves and can appreciate Latino culture as well.”

Perez led students through a series of dances that involved dancing as an entire group, in couples and individually.

She also played many different Latin songs, each featuring a culturally distinct upbeat tempo.

Students worked up a sweat as they had fun with each other.

Roberto Garcia, the director of Multicultural Student Affairs, also attended the event.

He was very pleased with the turnout and talked about how the event is pushing diversity in our culture.

“It is great that students are accepting diversity,” Garcia said. “Uniting the student body in this way is great for everyone. I think it is progress that we can celebrate Latino diversity while Black History Month is going on.”

The event ran until 11 p.m., and students enjoyed every minute of it.

Whether students came in just to hang out or actually engaged in the dance moves being demonstrated, the event created a warm, welcoming environment for students of every race.

A similar event was hosted by African Student Union on Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 p.m. in the Student Life programming room.

Reported by Marq Williams, Vanguard Reporter

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