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Relato: Detroit comes to Oakland University on Oct. 12, 2017 for National Hispanic Heritage Month

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icon of a calendarOctober 6, 2017

icon of a pencilBy Brandon Wright

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Center for Multicultural Initiatives welcomes Relato: Detroit to Oakland University on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Beginning at 5 p.m. in the atrium of Pawley Hall, five speakers will tell their personal stories in both English and Spanish on unity and diversity as part of the CMI’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion on campus.

“It is a long-standing tradition at Oakland University to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the history, politics and culture of Hispanic people, locally and globally,” says Nicole Lucio, the assistant director for OU’s Center for Multicultural Initiatives. “We will be hosting several events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month at OU and the Relato event in particular, is important because it promotes understanding and empathy through storytelling while celebrating the Spanish language and Hispanic culture.”

The event aims to tell stories that anyone in attendance can understand and relate to, whether they are Hispanic or not.

“Through context, people can more or less pick up what the conversation is about,” says Jennifer De La O, an Oakland University faculty member and founder of Relato: Detroit. “From the audition process, we found people who have that fluidity between the languages and whose stories speak to the theme.”

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