Hispanic Heritage Month celebration features range of fun and educational events

Salsa lessons

Members of the Gator Salsa Club came to the UFCVM to offer salsa lessons to interested faculty, staff and students as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

The college’s second annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, an event held Sept. 16-Oct. 16 university-wide, offered activities ranging from free salsa and Spanish lessons to a special guest speaker who shared his journey into the profession of veterinary medicine.

The college’s Office for Academic and Student Affairs spearheaded the effort. A photo display the office put together showed images of faculty, staff, students and residents who identify as Hispanic and hail from as many as 18 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Events were planned and implemented with help from members of the Gator Salsa Club, students from the Diversity and Inclusion Alliance, the college’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and other volunteers.

Dr. Julio Ibanez, a member of the college’s charter class (1980), came from Miami to give a presentation about his life story and how he ended up applying and being admitted to the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, which he often describes as a life-changing event. Ibanez visited with first-year students in the college’s clinical skills laboratory prior to his presentation.

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