Hispanic Leadership Team hosts celebration

Elisebeth Ferrel, Editor

The Hispanic Leadership Team is hosting events at IVCC from September through October to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. The celebration was kicked off on Sept. 15 with a student showcase in Room C316. At this event, Hispanic students shared their heritage, customs, and culture with those in attendance. On Sept. 19, Jon Breslin of Via-Valley Immigrant Advocates in Ottawa held a presentation in CTC124 about immigration updates and services. Breslin’s organization grants students access to low-cost immigration services. For those interested in learning how to cook traditional Mexican cuisine, Jalapeno’s will be holding a food demonstration at noon on Monday, Sept. 26. Perhaps you stopped by the Hispanic Leadership Team table on Spirit Day and swung at the pinata. If not, don’t worry: on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from noon to 2 p.m., there will be a pinata workshop where you can learn to make your own. Participants will also be taught about the history of the pinata, and food and drink will be served. Lastly, “Taste of the Illinois Valley” is at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in CTC124. This event will celebrate Latino-inspired cuisine, and guests will have the chance to learn traditional dances. Contact Sara Escatal at (815) 224-0355 for more information.