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Poder Latinx! Elevating Our Voices, Owning Our Now!

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs, in collaboration with campus stakeholders, is thrilled to celebrate Latinx History Month! This national celebration runs from September 15 - October 15, and the entire community is invited to a host of events to both acknowledge and celebrate the abundance of Latinx cultures present in our Bay Path community.

Wondering why these dates? September 15 commemorates the independence days in six Central American countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Costa Rica celebrate their independence from Spain on the 15th. The 16th is Mexican Independence Day. 

Together we’ll be hosting a virtual art show, chatting with Latinx artists, sharing some of our favorite Latinx inspired recipes, and engaging in a discussion with the incredible Afro-Latina actress and author Selenis Leyva!

Details for each event, including how to submit and join in the celebration are below! 


Digital Art Show

The virtual art show will be held Thursday, October 15 at 6:45 p.m. 

Calling all artists! You’re invited to submit a high-resolution photo of an original artwork piece to be shared in a virtual art show! The artwork can reflect any medium of your choice (examples: painting, drawing, sculpture, digital media). The theme should highlight Latinx culture, identity, experiences, or trending topics.  

Everyone is encouraged to participate; you do not need to be a trained artist, or an identifying member of the Latinx community. Non-BPU student/staff artists are welcome! 

The deadline to submit photos of your artwork is Wednesday, October 7th. For more information and to submit, please click here.


Overcoming Barriers in the Artworld: Four Latinx Artists Share Their Journey

Thursday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Join the Bay Path University Latinx History Month Celebration with Artists, Magdalena Gomez, Ellis Echevarria, Jason R. Montgomery, and Elizabeth Erazo Baez as they discuss their journey as Latinx artists and how their cultural identity has been a source of inspiration and motivation for their work.

The artists are currently being featured in Roots/Raices, an exhibition at Art for the Soul Gallery in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month.

The event is held in collaboration with Art for the Soul Gallery and is co-sponsored by the Springfield Cultural Council. Register for this free virtual event here.


Latinx Cooking Presentations

Do you enjoy Latinx culture and cooking? Join our virtual cooking presentation! Submit a short video or photo of you cooking Latinx food, and be sure to include the recipe so that our viewers can recreate your dish at home!

The deadline to submit your video or photos is October 7. For more information and to submit, please click here.

Everyone is encouraged to participate; you do not need to be a skilled chef or an identifying member of the Latinx community.

Videos and recipes will be shared throughout Latinx History month through the Bay Path website and social media channel so that you can recreate the dish at home!


A conversation with Afro-Latina actress/author Selenis Leyva

Thursday, October 15  at 7PM

Join the Bay Path community for live testimony from an influential Afro-Latina actress as she shares her journey from NY to Hollywood. The conversation will offer insight into her experiences and how she remains comfortable being in her own skin. This conversation will explore identity, persistence, resilience, and how to be an ally.

You will not want to miss this virtual event - reserve your spot here! All registered attendees will be entered to win a signed copy of Selenis' book, My Sister: How
One Sibling's Transition Changed Us Both. Don't miss your chance to win!

This event is open to all! You do not have to be a student or staff member at Bay Path University to attend. All are welcome. 


Quick Access to All Registration Links:

To submit an original art piece, click here.
To submit a cooking presentation via video or photo, click here.
To register for Overcoming Barriers in the Artworld: Four Latinx Artists Share Their Journey, click here
To register for the Conversation with Selenis Leyva on October 15th, click here.


Want to Learn More?

Latinx vs Hispanic
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Latinx/Hispanic Financial Literacy in the U.S.
NPR: Honoring Hispanic Heritage 
How the Hispanic Community is Reinventing Traditions During the Pandemic 


This event is sponsored by Bay Path's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Community Council; Strategic Alliances; Admissions Department; Student Life; Alumni Development; and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.