Even in a pandemic, Hispanic Heritage Month is still a time to be exposed to various Latinx cultures connected around the world, and Latinx students and faculty at UNC are still finding ways to celebrate virtually.
Geovani Ramírez, a postdoctoral research assistant for the English and comparative literature department, focuses on multiethnic and Latinx literatures. He said people should use the month, which started on Sept. 15, as a launching pad to not only learn about Latinx cultures, but also engage with them.
“I think that's a really necessary component to all of this," Ramírez said. "It isn't just about reading about people, it's about engaging with them."
The UNC Latina/o Studies Program has events and programs throughout the year that delve into many Latinx topics as well as a minor program. Students can take different classes and have the opportunity to connect to undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty to make Hispanic Heritage Month a yearlong learning experience.
Marcy Pedzwater, graduate research assistant and project coordinator of LSP Graduate Teaching Initiatives, specializes in contemporary Latinx and Latin American literatures and also finds Hispanic Heritage Month a good time to learn more. However, she thinks it's always important.