Courtesy of Briseyda Barrientos-Ariza
By: Norma Sorto, Contributing Writer
The second Latinx Pride Dinner, a community gathering for Latinx students, was held in the Union’s Chesapeake Rooms on Oct. 15.
The event was hosted by the Center for Student Diversity and Multicultural Greek Council. Students were given the opportunity to come together and celebrate their Latinx pride as a community. There was free food and performances from various groups including Pasión, Towson’s Latinx dance group, Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Delta Rho Chapter, and Hermandad de Sigma Lota Alpha from the University of Maryland.
Steve Cevallos, a junior at Towson University and the president of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Delta Rho Chapter, came to support the event.
“I think it’s really beneficial not only for communities and individuals that attend but everyone around it,” said Cevallos. “And see what’s going on and kinda makes them aware of different things that are happening on campus and different communities and the diversity that Towson has.”
The Latinx Pride Dinner represents the Laitnx community in Towson University.
Daniela Lepe, a freshman at Towson University, was happy to see the community come together and celebrate their Latinx Pride.
“I think it’s a good way for the campus to show that they are welcoming to all types of cultures and diversity,” said Lepe. “My favorite part of the event was all the performers because it was very entertaining to watch and fun.”
Members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maryland, a non-profit organization in Baltimore, came to talk about the struggles that the Latinx community face and promote different Latinx organizations located in Maryland. The organization helps support communities of color whose civil rights are threatened.
Briseyda Barrientos-Ariza, a sophomore and the public relations chair for the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.) at Towson University, was proud to see Towson supporting the Latinx community.
“I’m really happy,” said Barrientos-Ariza. “I know it’s difficult considering [TU] is a PWI, but it’s really important that Towson is stepping up and providing spaces like this for Students of Color, specifically Latinx students.”