PULLMAN, Wash. — The Chicana/o Latina/o Student Alliance will host Semana de la Raza 2001 at Washington State University Feb. 26-March 3.

This year’s theme, “Many Faces, United Races,” signifies unity and the acceptance of difference in cultures, said Mario Miranda, a WSU junior.

Semana de la Raza has been a tradition since the late 1970s, promoting awareness on campus and the Palouse about the development and success of the Chicana/o Latina/o community, said Francisco Tamayo, WSU Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center counselor.

The joint keynote address, “Making Paths: Cada Quien Su Granito de Arena,” presented by Julia E. Curry Rodríguez and Kathryn J. Blackmer Reyes, will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 26 in Avery Hall’s Bundy Reading Room. The program is free and open to the public.

Rodríguez is a faculty member in the Mexican American studies department at San Jose State University. Her research addresses immigrant women, immigration, racial and sexual stratification, and various issues pertaining to Chicanos and Latinos in the United States.

Reyes is an ethnic studies bibliographer librarian at California State University at Sacramento. She is the chair of the Chicana Caucus in NACCS and considers herself a “popculturalist.” She is an avid reader and is a published creative writer.

The speakers will speak about this year’s theme and what it means to them, said Tamayo.

Other activities include:

— Noon-1:30 p.m., Feb. 26, the opening event of the celebration will include a taco and enchilada bar and potluck of Latino dishes at the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center, Wilson Hall, Room 101.

— 8 p.m., Feb. 27, presentation of the film, “Mi Familia,” in Todd Hall Auditorium. A discussion follows the film.

— 6 p.m., Feb. 28, a literature and poetry night, “Pan Dulce y Café,” will be in the Bundy Reading Room.

— 6 p.m., March 1, an art presentation and contest will be held in the Bundy Reading Room.

— 9 p.m.-2 a.m., March 1, Latino Night at “Black Rhino,” located at 215 N. Main, Moscow.

— 7 p.m., March 2, “Noche Cultural,” a talent show will be held at R.R. Jones Theatre, Daggy Hall.

— 10 a.m.-noon, March 3, a Chicana/o Latina/o Alumni Association meeting will be held at the Lewis Alumni Centre.

— 6 p.m., March 3, the 22nd annual Gabriel Cárdenas Banquet in Stephenson Hall “Down Under.” The banquet will include keynote speaker Noberto Valdez of Colorado State University and scholarship presentations. At the time of Cárdenas’ death in a 1977 automobile accident, he had completed all course work for his WSU education doctoral degree. His parents, Carmen and Tony Cárdenas of Moses Lake, created a scholarship in their son’s name to encourage Chicana/o Latina/o students at WSU.

— 9 p.m.-midnight, March 3, the Semana de la Raza dance will be held in Stephenson Hall “Down Under.”

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