Campus Cultural Events

recognize. honor. celebrate.

UNC Charlotte is committed to recognizing, honoring, and celebrating the traditions, history, and significant contributions of diverse cultures that make up the beautiful tapestry that is our community. As part of this effort, departments and units across the campus have developed a variety of cultural programs and initiatives to educate and raise awareness, build community, inspire change, and enrich the overall UNC Charlotte experience for our students, employees, alumni, and the growing network of community members, visitors, and friends.

This month, we invite you to join us in honoring and celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of our Hispanic and Latinx communities through Hispanic Heritage Month.

Sample collapsed text here.

Sample collapsed text here.



Need some tunes to get you through your day? Check out our #Issa49erVibe playlist on Spotify.
In the meantime, shout out to all of our students, faculty, and staff who contributed to assembling this playlist. Thank you for sharing your great taste for music with Niner Nation and our surrounding communities.

Sample collapsed text here.
Sample collapsed text here.
Sample collapsed text here.
Sample collapsed text here.




Campus DEI Events

Please enable JavaScript to load events.

Hispanic Heritage Month 

Mes de la herencia hispana/Hispanic Heritage Month.  Mi español… / My Spanish…
Display – September 15 - October 15 (Atkins Library)
Discussion – October 3 (12:15- 1:00 pm LRC / COED) 
 
Sponsored by: Inclusive Excellence Grant project team Dr. Olga Padilla-Falto, Dr. Paloma Fernández Sánchez (Spanish Program) and Natalie Ornat (Atkins Library)

As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, please join us in the Special Display section (Second floor, Atkins Library) for a bilingual, interactive exhibition to celebrate and learn about our Spanish and how it intersects with the Hispanic and Latinx identities. Come browse through the book exhibit and share your experiences in our activities about how Spanish is used by our communities. We hope to bring light to our experiences, cultural depth, and language richness.  After you participate, come join us on Oct 3 (12:15-1:00 LRC /COED) for a discussion facilitated by Dr. Pérez Quiñones on the Latinx and Hispanic community in UNC Charlotte.  This display is the result of a collaboration with Natalie Ornat, Atkins library.


Sept 15th Cuentacuentos: Conversaciones con escritores de la comunidad latina de Charlotte/Storytellers: Conversation with Charlotte Latinx Local Writers 
Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room
6-8PM
Link: https://bit.ly/LatinxWrites
 
Sponsored by: Department of Languages & Culture Studies, J. Murrey Atkins Library, the Latinx/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus, Club de Español Para Amigos CEPA, the Office of International Programs, HCAP Hispanic College Awareness Program, and Latinx Student Union
 
Join local authors Margarita Dager Uscocovich, Rosy Crumpton, and José G. Vázquez for an evening of conversation about their work, writing process, and experiences being a Latine/Hispanic authors in North Carolina. As authors in three different genres - fiction, memoir, and poetry - there will be inspiration for everyone. Students will have the chance to ask questions and learn about writing as a healing process. Afterward, stay for a preview of the Latinx Immigrant Life Stories that will happen October 13. A limited number of volunteers will be available for one-on-one conversations. Check out each author’s work at Atkin Library:
Margarita Dager Uscocovich, Las Queremos Vivas
Rosy Crumpton, All I Left Unsaid: A Latina's Journey Toward Truth
José G. Vázquez, Escondida: Poemas Breves para Virginia


Sept 28th Raquel Salas Rivera
Popp Martin Student Union 340AB 
6:30pm - 8:00pm

Sponsored by: Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement

Raquel Salas Rivera (Mayagüez, 1985) is a Puerto Rican poet, translator, and editor. His honors include being named Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, the New Voices Award from the Festival de la Palabra, the Lambda Literary Award, the inaugural Ambroggio Prize, the Juan Felipe Herrera Award, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He is the author of six full-length poetry books: Caneca de anhelos turbios (Editora Educación Emergente, 2011); tierra intermitente/ intermittent land (Ediciones Alayubia, 2017); lo terciario/ the tertiary (1st ed. Timeless, Infinite Light, 2018 and 2nd ed. Noemi Press, 2019); while they sleep (under the bed is another country) (Birds, LLC, 2019); x/ex/exis (University of Arizona Press, 2021); and antes que isla es volcán/ before island is volcano (Beacon Press, 2022). Their books have been longlisted and shortlisted for the National Book Award, the Pen America Open Book Award, and the CLMP Firecracker Award. He co-edited the anthology, Puerto Rico en mi corazón (Anomalous Press, 2019), various folios, and the literary journal The Wanderer. Their translations include The Rust of History (Circumference Press, 2022), a selection and translation of the poetic work of their grandfather, Sotero Rivera Avilés, and Deudas coloniales: El caso de Puerto Rico by Rocío Zambrana (Editora Educación Emergente, 2023). In 2022, the exhibition no existe mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria at the Whitney Museum of American Art, borrowed one of his verses for its title. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania and lives, teaches, and writes in Puerto Rico. With a three-year grant from the Mellon Foundation, he works as investigator and head of the translation team for El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/ The Puerto Rican Literature Project (PRLP), a free, bilingual, user-friendly and open access digital portal that anyone can use to learn about and teach Puerto Rican poetry. 


Sep 30th Silvestre Dance Workshop 
Robinson Hall Studio 118 
12:00- 3:00 PM

Sponsored by: Office of Identity, Equity & Engagement

Rosangela Silvestre is a Choreographer, instructor, dancer and creator of the Silvester Dance Technique, Rosangela is a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance and post-graduate specializing in choreography, achieving her degree from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA). Since 1981, Ms. Silvestre started traveled in and around Brazil to teach, to train dancers, perform, lecture, demonstrate, consult and to attended seminars and residencies in diverse universities, dance festivals such as the Colorado College Dance Festival; New Orleans Dance Festival; and dance camps such as the California Brazil Camp each year. She choreographed numerous dance pieces for companies based in Brazil - Balé Folclorico da Bahia and Odunde - as well as Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company, Ballet Hispanico Repertory Company, American Academy of Ballet, Roots of Brazil, Dance Brazil, Viver Brazil, Muntu Dance Theater, and the Kendra Kimbrough Dance Company.


 Oct 5th Conversation on the Latinx and Hispanic Community with Dr. Pérez Quiñones
LRC/COED, 4th Floor
12:15-1:15 PM

Sponsored by: Inclusive Excellence Grant project team Dr. Olga Padilla-Falto, Dr. Paloma Fernández Sánchez (Spanish Program) and Natalie Ornat (Atkins Library)

The presence of Hispanic culture in what  today is the US predates the arrival of English settlers that gave birth to the nation. Ironically the term Hispanic was only created in the 1980s. A myriad of other terms have been used to refer to this community including Latinos, Chicanos, etc. This gives the basis of a confusing and complicated history that continues today. In this brief talk, Dr. Manuel A. Pérez-Quiñones will answer the simple question posed in the title with a nuanced and complicated response. The complexities of the Latino/Latinx/Hispanic identity includes the vestiges of colonization, racism, sexism, and social classes in ways that makes this simple question quite complicated.


Oct 13th Latinx Food Truck Fest*
College Health and Human Service and Cato College of Education Plaza

More details coming soon...

Sponsored by: Office of Identity, Equity & Engagement


October 13th Historias de vida de inmigrantes Latine/Latinx Immigrant Life Stories 
Atkins Library, Halton Reading Room
6-8 pm  
Link: https://bit.ly/LatinxLibrary 

Sponsored by: Department of Languages & Culture Studies, J. Murrey Atkins Library, the Latinx/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Caucus, Club de Español Para Amigos CEPA, the Office of International Programs, HCAP Hispanic College Awareness Program, and Latinx Student Union
 
Conversa durante 30 minutos con una persona de la comunidad latina/ hispana para aprender sobre sus experiencias y crea vínculos con miembros del campus de UNC Charlotte. Durante este evento, habrá voluntarios con los cuales puedas conversar y espacios para pláticas más personalizadas.

Spend 30 minutes in conversation with an individual from the Latinx/Hispanic community to learn about their experiences and build community between members of the UNC Charlotte campus. During this event, volunteers will be available for participants to “check-out” and space will be available for one-on-one conversations.