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Films, lectures, panel discussions, comedy and carnaval will be part of Carolina’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15.

The Carolina Latina/o Collaborative (CLC) has coordinated many free, public events with co-sponsors that include other student organizations, University departments and community groups. All events are free and open to the public.

“Once again we are recognizing the contributions of Latinas and Latinos in the United States as we highlight the passions and interests of all Americans in addressing the issues affecting the largest ethnic minority group in the country,” said Josmell PĂ©rez, director of the CLC.

Dozens of UNC departments, faculty, staff and undergraduate organizations have come together to shape the second annual campuswide celebration of Hispanic culture, politics, art, music, dance, food, religion, academics, gender issues and cross-cultural connections.

The CLC seeks to explore and build collaborative relationships across campus and the community among diverse groups focusing on Latina/o affairs. It offers its space in Craige North Residence Hall for programming that reflects cutting-edge interdisciplinary innovations in scholarship, education, culture and community engagement.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.