Loomis Chaffee celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15 with a series of events and activities honoring the history and culture of Latinx and Hispanic Americans organized by the school’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well as several other campus organizations and departments.
In the United States, National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.
The Island celebration kicked off with an evening of Mexican and Chilean music by guest musicians Gonzalo Cortes and Carlos Hernandez Chavez on September 24 in the Hubbard Performance Hall. On October 1, a community dialogue focused on “colorism” was led by students of color, members of the multicultural student organization PRISM, and Pa’Lante, a Latinx affinity group. Throughout the month, “Did You Know” items in the Daily Bulletin, submitted by senior Kristin Santana, informed the community about Latinx and Hispanic history and culture.
The month-long campus celebration culminated with Latinx Fest on Saturday, October 12. Students from Miss Porter’s School and Watkinson School joined Loomis students and other school community members in the Scanlan Campus Center for a celebration with music, dancing, and food inspired by Latinx and Hispanic cultures.
Mariachi Corazón de Oro provided traditional Mexican music; Stephanie Sanabria ’05 led the energetic crowd in Zumba dance; Paloma Face Painting added a festive touch to the smiles of many participants; and there were plenty of treats available, including Brazilian food specialties from the Brazilian Gula Catering food truck parked in Grubbs Quadrangle.
Connect to a gallery of photos taken by sophomore Lisa Chang.