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Latinx Heritage Month feature: Q&A with student Gloria Morales

Between the stress of midterms, the election and social justice movements, VCU students are finding joy in celebrating Latinx culture during Latinx Heritage Month.
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On- and off-campus activities and events are scheduled throughout the month. These events serve as excellent opportunities for students and community members to learn about Latinx culture through geography, food, music and literature. Virtual discussion groups have been created by various student organizations and are free to join. Topics range from "Dispelling Myths: Black + Latinx Solidarity" and "Let’s Talk: Being Latinx in STEM" to "Latinx Faculty Panels" and "The Art of Politics." While the events on campus look a bit different this year amid the pandemic, this commemorative month continues to raise awareness about Latinx culture. Check out the the VCU Office of Multicultural Student Affairs' updates page for all the topics and details.

This week we want to highlight a student who has contributed greatly to the Latinx community at VCU. We chatted with Gloria Morales to find out how she is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month.

Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? What are you passionate about?

I was born in Panama. I am passionate about culture, social justice and food! I am a double major in international studies and Spanish.

How has your semester been amid the pandemic?

Navigating the semester amidst the pandemic has been different but I am up for the challenge. Currently, I have two projects in the works with political science professors which address the Spanish-speaking community towards voting and translating a watershed project to the community of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

What does Latinx Heritage Month mean to you?

Latinx Heritage Month means that my fellow brothers and sisters have a platform where we can share our diversity and how influential it has been to American history. Being a part of the Latinx community at VCU means that we are able to add on to the conversation and have a voice of representation.

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