On September 28, 2018 Virginia International University and the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce hosted the Diversity Series: Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Laura Drain, the Director of International Relations at Virginia International University emceed the event. The event opened with dancers from Elegant Dancing teaching the attendees a variety of Latin dance moves. This was followed by an overview of the importance of Hispanic Heritage month provided by David Diaz, the Director of Membership for the Greater Washington Chamber of Commerce. Alma Alfaro-Laska, the Senior Advisor, International Affairs from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce read the Proclamation from the City of Fairfax Mayor, David Meyer. The attendees also enjoyed watching a beautiful Peruvian Traditional dance performed by S.M. Tianna Goode and Tyler Brooks. A panel of successful local Hispanic and Latin women from a variety of backgrounds shared their experience about when they came to the U.S., the challenges they faced and how they overcame these challenges and what they are doing now in their careers. The event closed with attendees able to visit a variety of vendors.
The celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and honor the many contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to the United States.