Students gathered at the Student Center quad for the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Block Party on Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Montclair State University celebrated its fifth year as a Hispanic serving institution (HSI), making sure that the Latinx community of Montclair State knows how important and valued they are. The event was hosted by the Latin American Student Association (LASO).
LASO’s goal is to share its culture with people on campus through various events, like this block party.
The block party featured multiple bands that were playing authentic Latin music. For those who came for the food, there was the Empanada Lady food truck.
Many different organizations attended the block party, including Montclair State’s Office of Civic & Voter Engagement, New Jersey Immigration Community Outreach (NJICO), American Red Cross, WMSC, LASO members and Montclair State Intramural Sports.
The line for the Empanada Lady food truck was consistently long until the end of the event. The first 200 students received free food from the truck. Everyone was able to hear and appreciate the festivities around them, even while simply waiting in line for food.
Bands played live Latin music to make the event festive and add to the overall atmosphere of fun.
WMSC interviewed the organizer of the block party, Dr. Katia Paz Goldfarb, the associate provost for Hispanic initiatives and international programs.
While students came together and celebrated Hispanic/Latinx culture, there was even a special appearance by Rocky the Red Hawk.