Event to celebrate Hispanic heritage, diversity

Erica Martin

Elementary education instructor Cristina Rios will host a Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta including food, music and discussion, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Holley Lecture Hall C.

Hispanic Heritage Month, held Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, celebrates the customs and achievements of United States citizens with Hispanic roots. Hispanics are not at all Hispanic because of race but are defined as people from Spanish-speaking countries or people with ancestry tied to Spanish-speaking countries, Rios noted.

“Sometimes we don’t really know how diverse we are, but we need to know it to fully appreciate it,” she said.

Rios was raised in Havana,