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Unidos en la diversidad

From left: Yoana Reyes-Zapata ’24; Santiago Quintero, an assistant professor of Spanish; Edith Olivera-Bautista ’23; and Simón Gollo, an associate professor of violin

Last updated October 13, 2022

By Jerry Salley '90, Senior Writer

Observing Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Furman University takes the opportunity to reflect on the histories, cultures and contributions of people of Hispanic or Latinx heritage. These four members of the campus community, representing an array of nationalities and passions, demonstrate that Furman can be unidos en la diversidad – united in diversity.

Yoana Reyes-Zapata ’24 celebrates Hispanic heritage as president of HOLA

“Being in a predominantly white institution was really a different experience than what I was used to, not being able to fit in as I always did before in school or around town.” Read more…

Yoana Reyes-Zapata ’24 (left) with Denisse Castro-Rivera ’25 (center) and Elda Enriquez ’26 (right) at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in 2022

Santiago Quintero strives to connect students to richness of Hispanic community

“I hope Hispanic Heritage Month … ultimately, little by little, helps us normalize diversity in our workspaces, in our teaching and, ultimately in our lives.” Read more…

Santiago Quintero, an assistant professor in Furman’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

Simón Gollo’s ‘beautiful journey’ takes in Hispanic and European musical traditions

“This country’s making an effort to embrace Hispanic culture. Now, we can also see that regarding music. Hispanic culture is much more than mariachis and reggaeton.”  Read more…

Simón Gollo, an associate professor of violin / Credit: Mayo Stoppels Photography

For Edith Olivera-Bautista ’23, Hispanic heritage helps bridge gaps

I have the privilege to do anything that my heart desires. I am the voice for my grandparents and parents. I am their sacrifice.” Read more…

Edith Olivera-Bautista ’23 makes paracord bracelets for the troops during a Heller Service Corps event in 2021.


Last updated October 13, 2022
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