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Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off at Stockton University’s Hammonton campus

Stockton University’s Hammonton campus helped kick off Hispanic Heritage month with music, dancing, art, poetry, and food in a celebration that spread outside Kramer hall down Main Street on Thursday, September 15, 2022. The busy streets were lined with vendors and DJs promoting the festivities.

Mendoza poses with her book, “¡Oh, Mi Honduras!” Photo courtesy of Emily Hamilton.

Local Honduran poet Andrea Flores Mendoza came to the Stockton Hammonton campus Kramer Hall to aid in the celebration with readings from her new book, “¡Oh, Mi Honduras!”, which is inspired by Mendoza’s personal life and her Honduran cultural influences. 

Guests watched Spanish dancers put on a few performances accompanied by art and Spanish refreshments in Kramer Hall. These refreshments included Horchata–a mix of rice water, milk, and cinnamon–followed by chips and guacamole. The event aimed to immerse attendees in Spanish culture at every turn, appealing to all the senses. 

Traditional Hispanic refreshments were served at Kramer Hall. Photo courtesy of Emily Hamilton.

Hammonton’s Main Street and Second Street featured an even wider variety of festivities, such as vendors, music, dancers, and food. The moment guests stepped out of Kramer Hall, the sound of Spanish music and Spanish singers traveled the block. Children were painting dolls made of paper-like empanada casings, dancing to Spanish music, and getting balloon animals. People of all ages and ethnicities attended to celebrate Hispanic culture and heritage.

For more information about events celebrating Spanish Heritage month go to the Osprey Hub and search for “Los Latinos Unidos” to see all upcoming events over the next few weeks, or look out for “Stockton Student Digest” sent to Stockton emails daily during the week.