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SBCC ambassadors host culture cafe to spotlight Latin culture

Students eat foods from different cultures on Oct. 10, 2019, in the West Campus Center Room 207, at City College in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Center for Equity and Social Justice was filled with various Latin cuisines and flags representing different countries Thursday, as the ambassadors hosted its first-ever Culture Cafe.

The event focused on LatinX Culture while encouraging students from many different cultural backgrounds to join in on the festivities.

David Pham, a peer mentor with CESJ, said the center “allows students to get a better understanding of different cultures that are prevalent in school.”

The center received a large turn out for the event, and students spoke their native languages with one another.

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The cafe’s main intention was to incorporate every Latin country into one room. 

Angel Castro, a student ambassador club from Guatemala, said that people often assume he’s from Mexico simply because he is Latino.

Castro added that they wanted to shine a light on all Latin Americans and Spanish speakers alike that are from separate countries with separate cultures.

The center has created an environment for minoritized groups to have a safe space, to feel welcome and where students can bring their own customs. 

Today, Latin culture was the focus, but the organization represents all cultural groups at all times.

Stella Sepassipour, a student ambassador from Spain said that there needs to be more representation regarding Hispanic and Latin cultures on campus. 

With this event, the cafe created a space where students from various Latin backgrounds can bond over food and great company. 

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