The WSC Spanish Club Celebrates Diversity During Hispanic Heritage Month

Kathryn Vlaanderen, News Editor

Hispanic Heritage Month is a cultural celebration admired by many Americans and Hispanic- Americans, in the United States of America from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 every year. This observed celebration respects everything that makes the Hispanic culture unique.  

On the Wayne State College campus, the Spanish Club is celebrating Hispanic diversity on campus by hosting its annual fiesta. This year, the club celebrated with tacos from Luna’s Mexican Restaurant on Oct. 4, 2022, from 4:30- 6:00 p.m. The event was held outside on the patio of the Conn Library. WSC Spanish Club President Ruth Yuman said, “I feel like tacos are a very common food in the Hispanic community, so I think that it was the best choice.”   

The Spanish club also made other arrangements if the campus received worse weather to move the event to the Elkhorn Room of the Kanter Student Center.  The meeting is the first event held by the club for the fall semester and is one of the major events carried out by the Wayne State College Spanish Club. For the WSC Spanish Club, the ability to experience and learn about the Hispanic culture, as well as bring it to the WSC campus, is considered a pivotal part of their mission.  The Spanish club’s mission is to bring the Hispanic Heritage to the WSC campus and promote diversity and inclusion on the Wayne State College Campus.  

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates several different Latin American countries such as Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala which declared independence on Sept. 15, the kick-off day of the whole month of celebrations. Originally, the month was downgraded to only a week in Sept., known as Hispanic Heritage Week. According to, Hispanic Heritage Month became an annual celebration during the height of the Civil Rights Movement on September 27,1968.  

 Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to all aspects of the Hispanic culture. It has become a month to celebrate diversity, independence and learn about a culture that might not be your own.  Ruth Yuman, WSC Spanish Club President said, “I am Hispanic, myself…it makes me want to know about other Hispanic Cultures.” Yuman said, “My parents are from Guatemala, and every country in Central America is different.” Hispanic Heritage Month brings individuals from all cultures together.  One of the things, individuals can learn from Hispanic Heritage Month is that culture, whether it’s one’s own or all-new, bring everyone together with a couple of tacos.