One of my favorite parts of the spring semester at OU is always Latino Flavor Week. It a full week of events put on by the Hispanic American Student Association to celebrate Latin American culture and traditions. The highlight for most people is the free luncheon put on in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom (This year it was on March 8th) with samples of traditional cuisine from numerous Latin American countries. There’s the more familiar dishes, like tacos and enchiladas, but there are also things like brigadeiros and ceviche that haven’t been adopted into mainstream American cuisine. The food is always delicious and a great way to branch out from your norm to experience Latino culture in a tangible way.
In addition to the amazing food, there were dancers demonstrating various Latin styles, such as the salsa and tango, as well as several singers doing covers of Spanish pop music hits. The crowd was really engaged with the performers, and overall it was a great opportunity to celebrate with the HASA students the diverse backgrounds and perspectives that they bring to OU’s campus.