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On March 22, the Latino Student Alliance will host a group of Aztec dancers. The dancers will perform outside the University Center with traditional drums and feathered attire.


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Latino Student Alliance celebrates social justice and diversity

In March of 1969, a small group of Hispanic students in Denver walked out of West High School to protest racist remarks made by a social studies teacher. This walkout led to riots, police arrests and scrutiny of the public education system. In the long-term, the demonstration led to educational reform and emphasized equity in public education.

Today, student organizations across the country advocate for the incorporation of varying perspectives in academic curriculum to promote inclusivity in the academic setting. The Latino Student Alliance (formerly La Raza) at Colorado Mesa University is one such group. This group celebrates the various cultures and countries that represent Spanish-speaking peoples across the world.

March is also significant to the Latino community due to Cesar Chavez Day, celebrated March 31. Chavez turned the tide for migrant farmworker rights across the western United States through his activism and call for social justice.

On March 22, the Latino Student Alliance will host a group of Aztec dancers. The dancers will perform outside the University Center with traditional drums and feathered attire. The Aztecs are the indigenous people of Mexico who were conquered by Spanish conquistadors. Many Aztec traditions and dances have survived centuries of oppression, war and conquest. The dancers symbolize the importance of cultural preservation in our global society.

As April approaches, the Cultural Diversity Board (CDB) is working hard to make MAVFest a celebration of the diversity and cultures on CMU’s campus. Starting with the Ho’olokahi luau on April 13, CDB has prepared a week of education, entertainment and fun.

If you would like more information about getting involved with CDB or promoting diversity at CMU, please contact Danny Sandoval at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu or extension 1765. •

By Danny Sandoval

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