APC celebrates Latin American history, dance and culture

Jared Bell and Bianca James dance to the music at “Latin American History Remembered.”
Jared Bell and Bianca James dance to the music at “Latin American History Remembered.”

Jared Bell and Bianca James dance to the music at “Latin American History Remembered.”

The Activity and Program Council (APC) sponsored “Latin American History Remembered,” last Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Student Union. The event was used to instruct UMKC’s students on the geography, history, cultures, and language of the 24 Latin American countries.

APC Social Justice Coordinator Habib Hassan said, “The goal of the ‘Latin American History Remembered’ was to afford UMKC students a chance to experience Latin American culture and cultural history from a different perspective. We hoped to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the Latin American world in a setting that is both engaging and entertaining.”

The event was a hit due to its many fun events and other involved groups. There was a salsa dance lesson as well as a dance competition for die-hard salsa dancers.

There also was a limbo competition. The Latin American Jeopardy got competitive and was finally won by a team including John Velasquez and Edwardo Leiva. A match of Latin Nations trivia was won by Johanna Poppel. APC supplied giveaways and prizes for the winners and participants.

“The turnout for the event was excellent,” Hassan said. “With the added presence of the Association of Latin American Student (ALAS) and the men of Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity the event was able to reach a respectable number of UMKC students.”

The event also showcased Latin American food and music.

“Hopefully this event conveyed to UMKC students that there is no such thing as too much multicultural knowledge and appreciation,” Hassan said. “We at APC hope that can further encourage UMKC students to learn as much as possible about two not too distant cultures and peoples through programs such as the ‘Latin American History Remembered’ event. And, of course, to have fun while they do it.”

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Lindsay Adams is a senior staff writer in her third year with the University News. To contact Lindsay, email ladams@unews.com.

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