Center for Latin@ Studies to Host ‘Hablemos: Speaking Spanish Together’

Tony Baker and Jessica CruzFerris State University’s Center for Latin@ Studies is hosting an opportunity for faculty, staff and community members to learn to speak Spanish together.

“Hablemos: Speaking Spanish Together” sessions begin Monday, Sept. 23 in Interdisciplinary Resource Center, Room 131, home of the Center for Latin@ Studies. Sessions are 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday through Nov. 25. The sessions include instruction on the basics or beginning levels. In addition to learning Spanish, the sessions will offer participants the opportunity to increase their understanding of the distinct cultures of Latin@s in the U.S. The instruction also will link participants to the center’s ongoing cultural, film and learning activities.

Eric Warner, a faculty member in the Languages and Literature department in Ferris’ College of Arts and Sciences, will offer instruction in this community environment. While the course is non-credit bearing, it is designed to create a community that is more engaged with the language and culture of the Latin@ community in Michigan.

“One of our primary charges is to support Latin@ students at Ferris State University and to introduce our non-Latin@ students to Latin American culture,” said Anthony Baker, director of the Center for Latin@ Studies and a professor of Social Sciences. “It’s also important to the Center for Latin@ Studies that we help our Latin@ students to feel a sense of comfort at Ferris. Events like this help us in that effort to create a diverse and inclusive environment.”

Baker believes events such as this help to bring people together to strengthen diversity and inclusion at Ferris while introducing the community to Latin American culture.

“This is a nice opportunity for us to engage our faculty and staff and the larger community here in Big Rapids,” he said. “We believe this is consistent with our charge of helping to create a community where our Latin@ and non-Latin@ students are engaging each other in a way that makes everyone feel welcome.”

The fee for the program is $75, which covers the cost of materials and support for instruction. Participants are welcome to register and attend even if they miss the initial session on Monday, Sept. 23.

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The Center for Latin@ Studies was established to provide educational, social and leadership-development opportunities within Latin@ communities through student, academic and community connections. The Center’s space in IRC Room 131 provides a “home base” for Latin@ students as well as students and others interested in Latin American culture.

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Last updated: 09-17-2013