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Latin American and Caribbean UniDiversity Festival

The UniDiversity Festival is a collaborative effort to promote diversity and inclusion in our community, and it is also a chance to learn more about the valuable contributions of the Latin American, Latino and Caribbean peoples and cultures. This festival is the kick-off of a month full of activities encompassed within the National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month at Miami University, and Oxford Ohio. The festival is a portal for intercultural connections and civic engagement.

Friday, September 20, 2019
Oxford Uptown Memorial Parks
High St. & Main St., Oxford, OH 45056

Alternative location in case of severe weather: Hall Auditorium, Miami University Oxford OH 45056

PROGRAM at-a-Glance

5:30 pm

  • Proclamation of the National Hispanic Heritage Month by the Mayor, City of Oxford -Dr. Kate Rousmaniere
  • Opening remarks by Pamela Ianiro, President, Unidos, Miami University

7:00 pm

  • Welcome to the 17th celebration of the UniDiversity Festival by Lilleana Cavanaugh, Executive Director, Ohio Hispanic/Latino Affairs Commission; and Jason Osborne, Provost, Miami University.

Performances featured on the stage:

  • 5:45 pm | Amazon John and Silly Safari, live animal show
  • 6:15 pm |  Que Lindo es Panama! Dance troupe
  • 6:45 pm |  The Monarch Butterfly program, McGuffey Montessori School
  • 7:15 pm |  Toca Madera, Latin band
  • 7:45 pm |  Grand prize
  • 8:00 pm |  Orquesta Kandela, Salsa and Latin band
  • 9:00 pm |  Closing of the festival

Audio Production by Mike Cadwell

Other activities at the parks

Information Fair

5:30pm–7:00pm

Local community organizations and Miami University programs, departments and student organizations will share information about their programs and events, work and services related to Latin America, the Caribbean and Latino communities in the U.S.A.

Voter Registration

The Oxford League of Women Voters will host a voter registration table at the UniDiversity Festival information fair. This is a great opportunity for you to join the festivities, and also register to vote!

Census 2020 ¡Hágase Contar! Campaign

Entertainment 

  • Amazon John and Silly Safari booth
  • Honey Hills Farm Petting Zoo
  • Oxford Lane Library's Book Bike (bilingual literature) and paper marigold flowers activity
  • Rainbow Faces: Face painting and artistic balloons (balloon twisters)
  • Traditional games sponsored by Oxford NAACP

A Taste of Traditional Cuisines from Latin America and the Caribbean

  • MAZUNTE, Mexican cuisine
  • Just Jerks, Jamaican cuisine
  • The Arepa Place, Colombian arepas
  • Empanadas Aqui!, Venezuelan Street Food
  • Kona Ice, Shaved Ice with a variety of flavors

For more information about available accommodations please visit MiamiOH.edu/UniDiversity. You can also register to become a volunteer!

For co-curricular connections, partnership opportunities and more information about this program contact: Jacqueline Rioja Velarde (riojavjd@miamioh.edu), chair, UniDiversity program planning committee.

Friday, September 20 at 5:30pm to 9:00pm

Uptown Park
N Main St & E High St, Oxford, OH 45056

Recent Activity

Mrs. Amy L. Shaiman

Mrs. Amy L. Shaiman left a positive review 9/19/2019

One of the best events of the entire year! Thank you to Jacque Rioja Velarde, volunteers, partner organizations, and sponsors.