Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Ind. – Come learn the traditional dance of Spain – flamenco dancing – this Thursday on the Indiana University Kokomo campus.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Spanish Heritage month by participating in the class at 2 p.m. in the Cole Fitness Center.

"Celebrating and recognizing different heritages, like Spanish Heritage month, is a gateway for students and the IU Kokomo community at large to begin learning, teaching, and having conversations about the particular identities," said Maria Ahmad, coordinator of student life and campus diversity.

Ahmad, advisor for Cougar Advocates for Diversity (CAD), strives to educate students about different people, diverse issues, and about themselves and how they relate to others.

"No way is having a couple events about a specific culture or group enough to understand and think about diversity, but it is a safe place to start," she added.

Spanish Heritage month spans September 15 to October 15. Throughout the month, CAD will host other events and seminars to teach and celebrate the Spanish culture.

"The end goal is that when students graduate from IU Kokomo and enter their professional field, they are equipped with skills on working with people who are different than them in terms of culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and any other identity," said Ahmad.

For more information, contact Ahmad at maahmad@iuk.edu.

Written by Sofia Stout, intern for Office of Media and Marketing.

Indiana University serves north central Indiana.