view of hallway in art building

Photo courtesy by Carissa Woytach

Students had the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the Latino culture with dancing, a book discussion, listening to traditional music and a poster contest.


October 26, 2015

Cultural Festival celebrates student heritage

By Carissa Woytach

The Latino Cultural Festival, held in the Student Center Ballroom Thursday, Oct. 15, invited Cleveland State students of Latin descent to share their heritage, including music, food and dance, with the rest of the university.

The first event of its kind, activities were spread throughout the day and included discussion of Sandra Ciserno's book “The House on Mango Street,” led by Dr. Antonio Medina-Rivera (pictured above), folk art, a poster contest and traditional music and dance.

The event was open to the public, including local high school students.

Ashlynn Rotta, senior majoring in pre-law, political science and Spanish created the event to celebrate her own heritage and instill pride in other students from similar ethnic backgrounds.

“We decided to do this because [Hispanics] in college are the minority of the minority,” she said. “[This] was a way just to show 'hey, we are here' and also to promote to high school students [that] it's okay to be in college. It's a way for them to [see] there's other Hispanics in college events and maybe Cleveland State is for [them].”


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