Annual events to promote academic diversity and raise community awareness of the Hispanic culture include guest speakers and social gatherings throughout the year. These events are open to the entire IUP community. A few held during the 2021–22 academic year are highlighted below.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Council and other campus entities presented multiple events:

  •  The Queer Conversations series highlighted the topic, “The Intersectionality of Latinx and Queer” during their weekly workshop on September 14. This was hosted by the LGBTQIA Support Office.
  • On September 15, the Latino Student Organization (LaSO) hosted a Latinx student, staff, and faculty Meet and Greet.
  • “Latin Dance Night!” was held on September 17 and was a collaborative effort hosted by LaSO and the Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement (MCSLE).
  • On September 22, MCSLE and the Council held a Lunch and Learn event featuring a discussion of “The Importance of Latinx Students Pursuing Higher Education.” This was presented by IUP staff member, Pamela Guzman.
  • A second MCSLE and Council collaborative Lunch and Learn was held on October 6 in which faculty member Vicky Ortiz presented on the undocumented student movement - an exploration of the role of social media and this highly successful social movement.
  • On October 7, the IUP Libraries Diversity Speaker Series hosted guest speaker Nuria Diallo Padro, a bilingual global consultant specializing in strategic management and empowerment strategies.
  • In celebration of National Coming Out Week, the LGBTQIA Support Office hosted a virtual presentation on October 13 by guest Jennicet Gutierrez on the intersection of LGBTQIA+ rights and immigrant rights.  

In addition to the group's programming, regular meetings are held during both semesters. Events are supported by the Social Equity and Title IX Office. For further information about the Council, please email

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage