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West Virginia State University (WVSU) Extension 4-H will host a free gallery/discovery walk to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the James C. Wilson University Union.
Ana Karen Gaticia Toledo, WVSU’s instructional coordinator for Spanish and English language programs, said visitors can view informative posters and cultural displays showcasing the many contributions and diverse cultures of the Hispanic community.
“This will be a gallery walk,” she said. “It’s an informative and educational event where I will have interactive posters as well, because they will have questions for people to reflect a little bit. I will also be offering a taste of some dishes from different Hispanic countries, and we’ll have a trivia game for the attendees.”
Gaticia Toledo said she hopes the event opens up conversations and dispel some misconceptions about the Hispanic community.
“For me, I’m always curious to hear about others,” she said. “Because once you hear about others, it allows you to even learn more about yourself, to kind of contrast, compare about your own world and about others and see that there’s a lot more to what you may have believed.”
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Sept. 15 is the Independence Day of several Latin American countries, including Mexico, Chile and Costa Rica.