TIU Celebrates Latino Heritage Week

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Trinity International University (TIU) is celebrating Latino Heritage Festival Week October 15–21, inviting students to discuss and experience Latino culture through chapel services, meals, dancing, a montage event and more.

Founding pastor of Chicago’s La Villita Community Church, Noel Castellanos, will be speaking at the Trinity College chapel services this week. Castellanos has worked in full-time Latino ministry since 1982, serving in youth ministry, church planting and community development in San Francisco, San Jose and Chicago. He is the CEO of the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and he established the CCDA Institute. Castellanos was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Council for Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, and is a sought-after speaker, motivator and mentor.

Castellanos will give a talk entitled, “Making Great Salsa in the Barrios of our Nation,” for a Montage Forum and Discussion on Wednesday in the Lantern Lounge at 9 p.m. Chapel credit will be provided.

TEDS PhD candidate Armida Belmonte-Stephens will be sharing her life experience as a Latina at the TEDS/TGS chapel service on Tuesday, October 16, continuing the faculty series, “God’s Story of Redemption: Christ’s Death.” Castellanos will be sharing at the TEDS/TGS chapel service on Thursday, October 18.

The Multicultural Development Office (MDO) is offering a Latino church experience on Sunday, October 21, by visiting Sonido de Alabanza, led by Pastor Esdras Ferreras. Transportation is provided. Sign up is available at the Info Booth in the Waybright Student Center.

As a prominent piece of Latino culture is dancing, students have the chance to bust a move at the Salsa & Merengue Night at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 19, in Melton Hall.

Each dinner at Hawkins Hall this week features Latin American food prepared at “Taqueria” with the ambiance of festive Latino music.

Throughout the week, Rolfing Library has Latin literature on display in the foyer for students to check out.

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