Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

Alvernia University's Division of Mission, Diversity and Inclusion (MDI) and Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion (JEI) invite you to join the Alvernia community at the following events on campus and in Downtown Reading:


Library Displays This Month (Franco Library)

  • Dates: September 18 – October 15
  • Location: Franco Library
  • The library is always collaborating with campus and community groups or putting the creativity of its employees to use with its displays. In September and early October, we invite you to stop by and check out the Open Heart and Open Arms display. This is a traveling display from the Central PA LGBTQ Center. The display focuses on LGBTQ Cuban refugees and the community's response to the Mariel Boatlift.


Hispanic Dance Class (JEI) with the Pura Vida Club, the Alvernia Dance Company and Student Activities

  • Date: September 18, 2023
  • Time: 4 pm-5 pm
  • Location: Campus Commons Dance Studio


Puerto Rican Parade (JEI)

  • Date: September 24, 2023
  • Time: 11 a.m.
  • Location: 11th and Penn Street
  • Don’t forget to stop by and visit the Office of JEI and the Pura Vida Club’s Table in front of the John R. Post Center at Reading CollegeTowne! 


True Talk: Culture Appropriation & Gentrification (JEI) with Pura Vida and the Spirit Team – Student Only!

  • Date: September 26, 2023
  • Time: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Bernadine Hall Lecture Hall


'Latinos Unidos': Driving Prosperity, Power & Progress Across Berks County (Cultural Coalition)

  • Date: September 29, 2023
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • What: Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to be a part of 'Latinos Unidos' and contribute to the positive evolution of our community. The event features spoken word, a panel and dancing! See you there! For more information and registration details, click here.


Berks Cultural Diversity Festival (JEI) by Bring The Change

  • Date: October 1, 2023
  • Time: 12 p.m. 6 p.m.
  • Location: City Park in Reading


Loteria Game Night (Pura Vida)

  • Date: October 3, 2023
  • Time: 4 p.m.
  • Location: Campus Commons Living Room