February 5, 2018
Reported by Tamika Adams
In an effort to provide cultural awareness and exploring different parts of Latinx identities, the Chicana and Chicano Resource Center in collaboration with the Housing and Residental Engagement Department created the So Yo Festival. Which translates to “to be”.
Centered in the Housing Piazza, the students had an opportunity to express what “being Latinx” means to them. The term Latinx is a more inclusive identifier for those who do not express a specific gender identity and to acknowledge the queer community within.
Students were encouraged to participate in a breadth of activities including a photo booth, educational booths, and games. In exchange for a completed activity card student were able to score some snacks and treats.
As part of LGBTQ awareness, a queer-termed Lotería (Mexican Bingo) game was available to students.
To further bring awareness to marginalized communities within the Latinx community, the African American Resource Center featured and educational booth highlighting prominent Afro-Latino celebrities and public figures.
Students also wrote the meaning of their names and what it means to carry the namesake of their families on cards.
Students line up for complimentary nachos, pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) and paletas (fruit ice cream bars).
Student performers also were featured throughout the festival. Ballet Folklorico is a dance troupe from the area which has been in many events on and off campus.
Jacqueline Castañeda from the Chicana and Chicano Resource center sang a Spanish ballad and performed a spoken-word piece for the crowd.
The night concluded with students centering on games and conversation. Due to the large attendance, the Chicana and Chicano Resource are looking forward to repeating the event next year.