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Campus ‘Block Party’ to Celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage and Culture

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Spoken word artist Danyeli Rodriguez Del Orbe and Ballet Folklórico de CSUF are featured performers at the Wednesday, Sept. 18, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month celebration.

The “block party” with dancing, performances and food representing different Hispanic and Latin cultures is hosted by Cal State Fullerton President Fram Virjee and his wife, Julie. The university’s Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers and Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Programs are partnering to present the event during National Hispanic Heritage Month, held from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Rodriguez Del Orbe is an Afro-Dominican spoken word poet, keynote speaker and podcast co-host who uses her voice to raise awareness around issues of race, gender and migration. She was one of the members of the first Bronx-based all Latinx poetry slam team called “Project X.”  She also is a three-time social justice fellowship awardee for immigrant rights, including the Vera Justice Fellowship and Immigrant Justice Corps.  A South Los Angeles resident, she works as an immigration and family law advocate. 

Ballet Folklórico de CSUF is a student organization that preserves and promotes cultural awareness through traditional Mexican folk dances.

The 5:30-7:30 p.m. event in the Titan Student Union Pavilion also features art activities, a photo booth and opportunity drawings.