Diversity student programs organized Emporia State’s Fourth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Festival on Sept. 12 in Webb hall Memorial Union. Kansas weather changed the location of the event from Kellogg Circle to Web hall.

ESU students and the Emporia community came forward to show their support and enjoy the event.

“This event is a fundraiser for the Latino Legacy Scholarship and the opportunity to share the culture with the community,” said Amanda Rodriguez, board member of the Latino Legacy Scholarship.

The local Hispanic community of Emporia and the student volunteers were there to help set up for the event.

“Hispanic Heritage Month Festival is an acknowledgement of the cultures that fall under Latin American countries and to gather the community and spread love,” said Teresa Taylor Williams, diversity coordinator.

A food truck was also a part of this event which was parked on the east side of Memorial Union. They served traditional Hispanic food.

“I am blessed to be a part of a culture which is all about love, food, heritage and hospitality,” said Jasmine Gonzalez, sophomore Spanish and math education major.

ESU students were involved in several aspects of the event. Student volunteers helped the vendors set up their food and cultural stalls.

“I like to observe and being part of different cultures, as a student I have been to different countries in study abroad program which was an amazing experience,” said Mayra Murillo, senior sociology major.

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