By Lauren Rust

There will be free Latino food in the student union on Nov. 19.

This free food will accompany the Afro-Caribbean-Latino Festival that will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

This is the first year of the festival here at Hutchinson Community College.

It will be hosted by Andrea Estling, the Spanish instructor here at HCC, along with a couple of her students.

Promptly at 5 p.m., there will be a few three-minute presentations by some of her students, in Spanish, giving some information that they have learned about culture and information that they have gained from her class.

After that, there will be time to walk around and see the many displays that will be set up with information about different Latin and Caribbean countries, as well as artifacts from the countries.

The HCC band will make an appearance at the festival as well, along with the free food.

Estling is excited about this event and hopes that it creates a greater appreciation for diversity on the campus.

“This is a chance for people to have an encounter with culture,” she said. “I want people to have a personal experience.”

Estling knows that this event is new to HCC and so hopefully it will make an impression like it did elsewhere.

She previously taught at North Dakota State University and tried the event there as well.

She says that students really took the festival to heart and used it to create a better environment at the college, so she hopes it will do the same here.

Come down to the Parker Student Union Snack Bar to have some unique food and try something different and new.

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