In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, students around campus gathered together on Sept. 26 for Program Board’s annual Coffee House event. This was the second Coffee House event of the year, and more will come later in the semester.
The event consisted of poetry, Latinx music, prizes, crafts and even Mexican hot chocolate. Each of the night’s events represented another form of Hispanic culture which provided an atmosphere full of celebration and security.
This event held cultural importance, even in the crafts that students created , which consisted of every child’s favorite party activity: piñatas.
Occupational therapy junior Natalie Oakwood attended the event and described her experience as both enlightening and community-building.
“I had never thought of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in a way like this,” she said. “Getting to listen to the poetry and making the crafts provided some room for open conversations and a safe space to learn. I also got to try the Mexican hot chocolate, which was a new experience as well.”
In addition to the educational aspect of the event, Oakwood enjoyed the social relief as well.
“I had so much fun hanging out with my friends who attended as well,” she said. “Being able to step back from school and enjoy art and music together was so cool, especially since the craft was a piñatas.”
She said this event gave her the opportunity to do things she normally wouldn’t.
“That experience was definitely interesting and not something I would usually go out of my way to create as an artist myself,” she said. “It was a great reminder that there are always things to do around campus that you can attend to meet new people, try new things, and just get away from the craziness of school without going too far.”
Program Board encourages anyone with ideas for events like this in the future to come to a meeting or simply message the organization on Instagram.
Program Board hosts event planning meetings for students that would like to participate. The next one is Oct. 5 in the Student Life Programming Room from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The next large Program Board event, Pinterest Night, will take place on Oct. 4 in the Programming Room.
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