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Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, Stony Brook University will showcase community leaders, faculty, staff and students around significant themes in Latinx culture.  Stony Brook University will be celebrating it's 33rd annual celebration with this year’s theme: Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Unearthing Blackness: Race, Mining Toxicity and the Biogeopolitics of Health in the Dominican Republic
@ 1:15 PM
via Zoom

Zoom Lecture by Dr. Saudi Garcia, Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The New School, Department of Anthropology. While the Caribbean is imagined as a paradisaic site of leisure, this talk demonstrates how racial capitalism and coloniality in the archipelago are creating toxic landscapes where extraction, climate change and medical suffering powerfully intersect. It develops the framework of “biogeopolitics” to examine how Dominicans and Haitians experience the chronic illnesses and traumatic stresses that accompany mining pollution and the fight for medical access and environmental justice. Presented by Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) . Zoom registration required



Come and enjoy Chef Ballesteros special menu. She will be preparing an exciting fusion of Mexican and French dishes at the Chef's Table at East side Dine-in.  In collaboration with the Faculty Student Association.

wednesdaY, OCTOBER 5, 2022
annual hispanic heritage month opening ceremony
@ 1:00-2:30 PM, SAC BAllroom A

Please join us as we celebrate the 33rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Ceremony with guest speaker, Dr. Miguel Garcia-Diaz, Ph.D., Interim Associate Vice President for Research, Stony Brook University. Featuring student performers, food and festivities. This year's theme is "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." Open to Stony Brook  University faculty, staff, and students .  Please RSVP by Monday, September 26 at  


CAMPUS DINING <= Check out some of the great menus that will be featured at East Side and West Side dine-in:

International Breakfast, Time: 7:30-11:00 AM

  • October 5 -Flavors of Colombia:  @ West Side Dine-in & October 6 @ East Side Dine-in;
  • Menu: Huevos Pericos (Scrambled Eggs w/ Scallions and Tomatoes), Chiccharron, Refried Beans, Yucca Frita, Arepas, Platanos Maduros
  • October 12 -Flavors of Puerto Rico:  @ West Side Dine-in and October 13 @ East Side Dine-in;
  • Menu: Chorizo con Huevo, Tostones, Pudding de Arroz, Spanish Rice with Corn and Black Beans,  Pancakes de Avena, Crema de Maiz
  • October 19 -Flavors of Spain: @ West Side Dine-in & October 20 @ East Side Dine-in;
  • Menu: Pan con Tomate, Spanish Omelet, Torrejas, Spanish Chorizo, Churros con Canela, Patats Bravas
  • October 26 -Flavors of El Salvador: @ West Side Dine-in & October 27 @ East Side Dine-in;
  • Menu: Huevos con Tomate, Pan Frances, Platanos Maduros, Casamiento, Grilled Chorizo, Homemade Corn Tortilla.

Hispanic Heritage Month Lunches: Available at East Side and West Side dine-in on the following dates:

  • October 3 - Colombia: Lechon,  Arroz Amarillo, Arepas con Queso, Habichuelas Guisadas and Maduros 
  • October 10 - Peru: Arroz con Pollo, Patacones, Ensalada de Papa and Flan
  • October 17 - Costa Rica: Chifrijo, Arroz Blanco, Carne Guisada and Yucca Fritta 
  • October 24 - Dominican Republic: Chicharron de Pollo, Arroz con Gandules, Maduros, Ensalada Verde, Pickled Onions and Rice Pudding 

Featuring La Olla - Authetic Flavors from Our Latin Kitchen: Available every day for lunch! 

At East Side Dining, Urban Eats has incorporated the new concept “La Olla” into the menu to offer Dominican, Puerto Rican and other Latin American cuisines such as empanadas, pork carnitas, maduros and pollo guisado. Urban Eats also features tacos, arepas, bao buns and more!

THURSday, OCTOBER 6, 2022
Hispanic Heritage Night  - A celebration of culture
@ 6:00 -10:00 PM
, HCS GalLeria, Level 2

Stony Brook Chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association invites you to please come ready to eat, dance, participate in some exciting raffles and celebrate Latinx culture with us. Reminder: donations and raffle tickets will be accepted in cash only, please bring some if you plan on participating! The Latino Medical Student Association at Stony Brook represents, supports, educates, and unifies all medical students and students in the health sciences to promote and enhance Latino health.



Wednesday, OCTOBER 7, 2022
@ 6:00 -8:00 PM

Join the UNITI Cultural Center during special Fall Break Hours to experience this Hispanic Heritage Month classic- Selena 2hr 7min).  The story of a rising Mexican-American singing sensation gone too soon.  Come watch this beautiful account of a Latin American family's traditions, intergenerational challenges, and a celebration of cross-cultural music that took over the world with superstar singer Selena Quintanilla. Music, Snacks, and Board Games.

Saturday, OCTOBER 8, 2022
Uniti cultral center sit & stream series: vivo  
@ 3:00 - 5:00 PM , uniti Cultural Center- SB Union 113

Come enjoy this musical screen animated Cuban American love story, Vivo, filled with an 1 hr 43 mins of Latino, Pop Urbano, and Afro-Caribbean music.  When Andrés dies unexpectedly, his best friend Vivo (the singing and dancing street performer kinkajou- a tropical rainforest mammal) decides he must travel from Cuba to Miami to find his friend's former musical partner/the one who got away. What is most highlighted is the diversity across the characters that normalize Latinx identities and celebrates the intersectionality of the Latin American diaspora. Music, Snacks, and Board Games too.

Sunday, OCTOBER 9, 2022
LUniti cultural center sit & stream series: spare parts  
@ 3:00 - 5:00 PM, Uniti cultural center- sb union 113

Join the UNITI Cultural Center during special Fall Break Hours to experience this Hispanic Heritage Month classic- Spare Parts (1hr 54mins). In this underdog story, four Mexican high school students from humble walks of life form a robotics club with the support of teachers and mentors.  As a novice team, the 4 arrive at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. With no experience, 800 bucks, used car parts, and a dream, this rag-tag team goes up against the country's reigning robotics champion, MIT, and they unexpectedly blow the whole competition away despite the odds. Come into the UNITI Cultural Center and watch the persevering journey of these teenagers as they overcome the struggles of their immigration status and the ability to thrive in an underfunded public school.  Music, Snacks, and Board Games.

monday, OCTOBER 10, 2022
Top 50 latin music in the united states- video playlist  
@ 2:00 - 4:00 PM, uniti cultural center- sb union 113

Tuesday, OCTOBER 11, 2022
Luniti cultural center sit & stream series: in the heights
@ 5:30 - 8:00 pm, uniti cultural center- sb union 113

Join the UNITI Cultural Center during its special Fall Break Hours to experience a celebration of Latinx cultural expression From the creator of “Hamilton” and the director of “Crazy Rich Asians”, this is the screen film musical where the characters play out their lives through singing, dancing, and music in the streets of Washington Heights, New York.  It is a portrayal of a Latin American community that experiences injustice, poverty, gentrification, socio-economic disparities, and impossible love.

Wednesday, OCTOBER 12, 2022
LACS Café  and LACS Minor Open House  
@ 1:00 -2:20 PM
, Outdoor location TBD

Come learn about the Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) Minor and share some food! Empanadas and drinks provided. 

Saturday, OCTOBER 15, 2022
Encanto - on the big screen  
@ 3:0
0 PM, Staller center for the Arts

Free for SBU students. SBID Required - General Admission, RSVP to save your seat!     


Deep in the Colombian mountains, the Madrigal family possesses an extraordinary secret. Each member of the family is able to perform magic. Yet at the heart of the family is 15-year-old Mirabel, who does not seem to possess any unusual abilities. Faced with this harsh reality, Mirabel struggles to reconcile her place within her family while searching for who she truly is. In collaboration with Staller Center for the Arts and Hispanic Heritage Month Committee.

Tuesday, OCTOBER 18, 2022
LACS Faculty Brown Bag:  "INfluences of masculinity and context on the severity of substance use and mental health for latinx men"   
@ 10:30 AM -12:00 PM
LACS GAllery

Presented by Miguel Muñoz-Laboy (School of Social Welfare).  LACS Gallery, Social & Behavioral Sciences Building (SBS) 3rd Floor, N-320.  Coffee/pastries provided. 

WEdnesday, OCTOBER 19, 2022
LACS Graduate Student Research Fellowship Research Presentations   
@ 1:00 -2:20 PM
LACS GAllery

LACS Gallery, Social & Behavioral Sciences Building (SBS) 3rd Floor, N-320. 

WEdnesday, OCTOBER 19, 2022
LACS at the movies  - Tarjeta Roja/Red Card: soccer and racism (documentary, ecuador)  
@ 4:00 -6:00 PM
LACS GAllery

Soccer game and screening by Jesús Jimenez Valdes (HLL).  LACS Gallery, Social & Behavioral Sciences Building (SBS) 3rd Floor, N-320. Popcorn and drinks (E/S).

WEDNEsday, OCTOBER 19, 2022
PANEL DISCUSSION on Deported: A Family Divided, a photo exhibit  
@ 4:0
0 - 6:00 PM  Central Reading Room, Melville Library, first floor,  Event Registration Required

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month events,  University Libraries will host a panel discussion around the exhibit Deported: A Family Divided.  This exhibit is the second installation of an exhibition that chronicles the life of the Quintana-Salazar family as they navigate deportation policies and their impact on the family. This photo exhibit, by award-winning visual journalist Rachel Woolf, will be a stop on the campus-wide Art Crawl on Thursday, October 6, and will be on display until November 30 in the Central Reading Room of the Melville Library.   The exhibition and panel discussion is a partnership between University Libraries, Art Works Projects, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center (LACS), and the Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) Committee.  Contact: Janet H. Clarke,


WEDNEsday, OCTOBER 19, 2022
Global Night - Spain  
@ 4:0
0 - 10:00 PM  at East Side Dine-In

As part of the Hispanic Heritage Month events, please come out and get a taste of Spain cuisine.  Special Menu: Seafood Vegetable Paella, Papas Bravas, Vegan Paella, Gazpacho


WEDNEsday, OCTOBER 26, 2022
Meet Celebrity Chef Kelvin Fernandez  
You Don't want to miss it!

  • @ 12pm -1pm Dominican Cooking Demonstration and Teaching Kitchen at Roth Food Court
  • @ 5pm - 6pm Student Cooking Competition at East Side dine-in
  • @ 6pm - 8pm: Dine-in Dinner and Meet & Greet at East Side dine-in

Enjoy authentic Dominican cuisine prepared by Chef Kelvin Fernandez.  If you are interested in competing in the student cooking competition, please contact for more details.


Menu - Coming Soon!   

WEDNEsday, OCTOBER 26, 2022
Latinx, Latine, Hispanic–What’s the Difference? Community Plática  
@ 1:
00 -2:20 PM  in LACS Gallery

Come learn and discuss all the identifying terms we use in our communities, and the histories/contexts behind them. Short presentations followed by a group chat.  LACS presents this community talk in the LACS Gallery, SBS 3rd Floor, N-320. Co-sponored by HISB. See the LACS website for details.


WEDNEsday, OCTOBER 26, 2022
Who was CÉSAR CHÁVEZ? The CHÁVEZ Legacy ProjecT
@ 8:00

Join the UNITI Cultural Center and Chavez Hall for a a Hispanic Heritage Month event celebrating César Chávez, an American Civil Rights activist who fought for fair work conditions for U.S. Braceros Farm Workers, Food Justice, Land Sovereignty.  Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for on-campus civic responsibilities events.  The more you participate the more points you can gain to win a prize package. Some future events will include Food Drive, Blood Drive, SBU Hyproponic Freight Farm Tour, César Chávez Docu-Film & Discussion.  
Presentation by Director of Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center and Associate Professor of History, Lori Flores. Light Refreshments.


Thursday, OCTOBER 27, 2022
Hispanic Heritage month faculty and staff mixer sponsored by union universitaria latinoamericana (uul)
@ 4:00

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Union Universitaria Latinoamericana (UUL) will be hosting a Faculty and Staff mixer as a way to create a community of support and networking. Bring  a friend and meet new colleagues.  Mixer will be in the  UNITI Cultural Center Conference Room.


Thursday, OCTOBER 27, 2022
Celebrating Afro-Peruvian artist Victoria Santa Cruz   
@ 1:15-2:45 PM, via Zoom,

Meeting ID: 972 4113 7211
Passcode: 828090

We are proud to present this discussion panel to celebrate the centenary of Afro Peruvian artist Victoria Santa Cruz. Panelists will talk about Santa Cruz’s work in the realms of dance, theater, and poetry while also commenting on her larger legacy in Latin America and the African Diaspora.  Panelists: Luis Rodriguez Pastor, Dr. Mbare Ngom, Dr. Gilbert Shang Ndi;  Moderator: José Miguel Munive (PhD student, History).  Event mostly in Spanish. Sponsored by LACS.   


Friday, OCTOBER 28, 2022
FUNDRAISER: BaSKET RAFFLE - Donations Needed! 

The Hispanic Heritage Month planning committee will begin to accept donations for this year's fundariser.  Donation drop off by 4:00 PM to Judy Jaquez, Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs located in the UNITI Cultural Center SB Union Lobby Room 113-02.  Single items donations or fully stocked baskets are welcomed.  The raffle will take place on Tuesday, November 1 at 3-5 PM in SAC Ballroom A.  You don't want to miss it!!! For more information on donations, please contact this email. 

RESERVE your table for closing ceremony - By Friday, october 28, 2022

Reserve your tables ONLINE by Friday, October 28. If your department is unable to attend but would still like to purchase a table for students, please reserve a table online.

TuesdAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2022
 3:00-5:00 PM, SAC Ballroom A

Please join our 33rd Annual Closing Ceremony with keynote speaker José Calderón, Past President of Hispanic Federation, a national civil rights leader for Latinos and people of color, with a long and distinguished history of addressing community needs and advancing social change through his work in the nonprofit and independent sector. Come enjoy  a traditional dinner as we celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of Faculty, Staff, and Students.  Event is open to all.  Please consider buying a department table for your staff and students. Reserve your tables online by Friday, October 28. If your department is unable to attend but would still like to purchase a table for students, please reserve a table online.


TuesDAY, november 1, 2022
@ 9:00 AM-5:00 PM,  LACS Gallery, SBS N-320

Help build our altar and add a picture or momento of your departed loved ones (human and animal)! Hot chocolate/cookies provided. 

tUESDAY, november 1, 2022

The UNITI Cultural Center and Latin American Student Organization come together to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos, with cultural music, food, and crafts. Join in learning about this Pre-Colonial tradition from the Aztec indigenous culture which is still being celebrated in Mexican homes today. Bring photos of loved ones or historical figures who have died to place on our OFRENDA ALTAR. Enjoy DIY Sugar Skull Mask Making, Latin American refreshments, and music. This is a FREE event.  


WednesDAY, november 2, 2022
@ 1:00-2:20 PM,  LACS Gallery, SBS N-320

Join us for opening of the Altar celebration with tamales, pan dulce, and Long Island Farmworker Flower Co-op marigolds for sale! 

WednesDAY, november 2, 2022
Latin Greek Council (LGC) and UNITI Cultural Center (UCC) Game Night
@ 8:00-9:30 PM,

The Latino Greek Council joins together with the UNITI Cultural Center for a Latin American favorite pastime- DOMINOS.  Join us as we close out Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun game night.  Meet the Latino Fraternities and Sororities at Stony Brook University and learn about the history of the Latino Greek letter organizations and their impact on college life and beyond.