Ivy Tech sets Hispanic/Latinx cultural celebration at Logansport campus on Sept. 10, 2021

Last Updated on September 8, 2021 by Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region

Outdoor event will include food, free popcorn, Loteria, and an art show

LOGANSPORT, Ind. –  In honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, Ivy Tech Community College is sponsoring an outdoor evening with food, conversation, free popcorn, Loteria (Mexican bingo), and an art show. The cultural celebration is set to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at Ivy Tech’s Logansport campus at 1 Ivy Tech Way.

Ivy Tech students, faculty, and staff, along with the entire community, are invited to join in this opportunity to celebrate and learn more about Hispanic/Latinx life and culture. The program is sponsored by Ivy Tech, Ivy Tech Foundation, and the City of Logansport with support through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ethan Heicher, vice chancellor for academic affairs for Ivy Tech’s Kokomo Service Area, said the project is designed to bring students, faculty, staff, and members of the community together for a fun, interactive, and educational evening celebrating all the Hispanic/Latinx community brings to the region.

Participants are invited to bring their own chairs to enjoy an evening outside on the Ivy Tech Logansport grounds.

At 7 p.m., Samano’s food trucks will offer free tacos for the first 100 people and food will be available for purchase from LaFiesta Mexican Restaurant and Country Bakery Logansport. Free popcorn, water, and Loteria will add to the fun along with an art show sponsored by the Logansport Art Association. Beginning at 8 p.m., the audience will be treated to local stories about the Hispanic Culture.

“A quarter of Logansport’s residents are Hispanic or Latino people, bringing a richness of history and cultural experiences,” Heicher said. “We are excited more and more members of this community are taking the next steps into their future at Ivy Tech. This evening is designed to celebrate that and to offer opportunities for other residents to see all that Ivy Tech has to offer.”

Later in the month, also as part of the observance of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, Ivy Tech will be sponsoring a presentation of the award-winning film “The Infiltrators” on Sept. 27. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room on the Ivy Tech Logansport campus and will be followed by a virtual visit from the movie’s directors at 7:15 p.m.

A winner of two “Innovator” awards at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, “The Infiltrators” is a docu-thriller that tells the true story of young immigrants who get arrested by U.S. Border Patrol, and put into a shadowy for-profit detention center, on purpose. It follows members of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance on their mission to stop deportations from inside the detention center. This film uses documentary footage of the real infiltrators with scripted re-enactments of the events inside the detention center.

“Ivy Tech understands the importance of spreading awareness and participating in discussion about these important issues that, unfortunately, too often divide us,” Heicher said. “By sharing this movie with students and interested members of the community, Ivy Tech hopes to play a part in encouraging consideration of these issues, expanding understanding, and creating an atmosphere for ongoing dialogue.”

Heicher said the question-and-answer session with the filmmakers that follows will give participants an opportunity to dive deeper into the themes revolving around questions of immigration, policing, and deportation and the making of the film.

SOURCE: News release from Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region