UMUC Celebrates Diversity, Cultural Heritage with Events in October

September 30, 2012

Join UMUC’s Office of Diversity Initiatives for three events in October celebrating diversity and cultural heritage. If you plan to attend any of these events, please RSVP to diversity-initiatives@umuc.edu. Respond early, as seating is limited. 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month Panel Discussion 

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, UMUC will host a panel discussion about what the university can do to become an employer of choice for all individuals, regardless of their physical and cognitive abilities.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Noon–1 p.m.
Academic Center at Largo

Panelists will include George Failla, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Disabilities; Beth Lash, regional director for Prince George’s County and Montgomery County at the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services; Allison Butler, director of Disability Services at UMUC; and Lisa Andrews, director of Career Services at UMUC. 

German-American Heritage Month Presentation 

Join us to celebrate German-American Heritage Month with a presentation from UMUC staff in Heidelberg, Germany, that highlights the culture and heritage they experience every day. Our colleagues in Germany are a combination of German-born staff, staff from the United States and individuals from all over the world who have made Germany their home. Light refreshments will be served. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Noon–1 p.m.
Academic Center at Largo

Salsa Lecture to be Offered Again in Honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month 

You still have one more chance to join fellow UMUC students, faculty, staff and friends for an informative presentation on the development of salsa music and dance. The lecture, Salsa: Its Roots and History, is being presented in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Noon–1 p.m.
Academic Center at Largo

Guest speaker Eileen Torres is a salsa dance lecturer who learned to dance rumba from her father at the age of five and, at six, began performing Mexican folk dance during the fiestas in her hometown of Lorain, Ohio. 

Torres graduated with a minor in dance from University of Colorado in 1974 and cofounded the university’s first Ballet Folklorico. In 1975, she returned to Ohio and became an instructor and choreographer for the youth troupe Alma de Mexico and soon after began teaching salsa there. 

A few years later, she began performing hustle and Latin dance and then joined the National Chicano Dance Theater, a Denver, Colorado, company that dramatized the Chicano experience through dance. Torres toured with the company for two years. 

In 1985, she returned to Ohio and formed the performing group Salseros Unlimited. 

Light refreshments will be provided.