by Oscar de León
The Mexican music performed by Trio Los Compadres, a few words from President Stephen Morgan and Mexican food that included sopes, vegetarian enchiladas, churros, horchata and guava were some of the ingredients that the Latino Heritage Fiesta brought to University of La Verne students on Monday at the Quad.
Sponsoring the event were the Latino Student Forum, Associated Students Federation (ASF) Forum and campus dining, among others.
“Bringing the students together as a community is one of the goals for the Latino Heritage Fiesta,” said Erick Vasquez, chairman of LSF. The fiesta is an annual event.
This year’s theme was “Celebrating our roots and planting the seeds of change.”
“Last year we had Aztec dancers, but in past events we have had the Trio Los Compadres. They were so good that many students voted to have them back,” Vasquez said.
“It takes lots of work and dedication to make change happen, in terms of including diversity in the University community,” said LSF coordinator Lisette Sosa.
“The difference in this year’s fiesta is the (presence) of booths representing a variety of countries,” said senior Erika Rodriguez.
“Everything has a good feel-good music and everything shows the multiculturalism,” she added.
There were booths representing Guatemala, El Salvador, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, the United States and Colombia. Potted plants were placed on each table. The plants were there as symbols of the “roots” and “seeds” theme.
“This event was made for everybody: faculty, staff, commuters and on campus students were invited,” Vasquez said.
The next major LSF event will be the Day of the Dead, a Mexican celebration which honors and pays respect to those who have died over the years.