MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS
The Office of Hispanic Student Affairs (HSA) researches, designs and implements unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, retention and graduation of students, with an emphasis on Hispanic and Latino students. Many of the programs and services expand students’ cultural horizon while honoring their respective cultural experiences. The Office of Hispanic Student Affairs resides in the Department of Multicultural Student Affairs. Multicultural Student Affairs works in conjunction with a number of university departments and colleges to conduct programs related to recruitment, orientation, retention and graduation in addition to academic, personal, professional and cultural development, which foster skills and strategies for being successful at N.C. State. Some of the programs and services of Hispanic Student Affairs include the following: Peer Mentor Program, Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month Programming, A.S.A.P.- Academic Success Assistance Program, Freshman Honors Convocation, Student Leadership Development and Student Organization Advising.
Cultural Awareness and Reaffirmation
Hispanic Heritage Month
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.
Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, faith, hard work, and service. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multicultural customs of their community.
Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Indigenous Peoples Day is October 10.
Share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latinx Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
Held each year during the fall semester, Salsabor is an NC State tradition where students, faculty, and the neighboring community come together to enjoy the rich sounds of música latina. Featuring dance performances, free dance lessons, and live music performed by local salsa bands, Salsabor is a lively and engaging opportunity to learn more about the various styles of Latin music and dance. Salsabor is scheduled every year as one of the many events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at NC State.
Held each year during the spring semester, Somos is an NC State tradition where students, faculty, and the neighboring community come together to enjoy a Latino/Hispanic cultural showcase. Featuring dance, musical and spoken word performances, as well as other displays of student talent, Somos is a lively and engaging opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of the Latino culture and community.
Student Organization Advising
UNIDOS is an organization that connects the Hispanic/Latino communities among NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke University. Throughout the year they fundraise to provide funds for this scholarship such as penny wars, local dance nights, and fundraisers at local restaurants. The purpose of this scholarship is to support and promote the Hispanic/Latino community, specifically by helping those with financial need to attend college. The requirements to apply are that the student must live in North Carolina, he/she must be of Hispanic heritage (does not have to be 100%), and he/she must be entering their first year of college in the upcoming fall.
The purpose of Mi Familia is to provide a social, cultural, and political forum for the students of North Carolina State University and the surrounding community interested in experiencing and promoting the richness of the international Latino and Hispanic community/culture.
Get involved here.