Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Here at Victra, our People of Color United [POCU] ERG is celebrating all month long and invite you to join us! Here you can find an archive of the entire month’s events so that you don’t miss out.

Employee Spotlight: Marilin Castellanos


TurnUp Thursday: Merengue


Merengue is a type of music and dance originating in the Dominican Republic, which has become a very popular genre throughout Latin America, and also in several major cities in the United States with Latino communities.

Learn Merengue Basics!

Virtual Tour: Frida Kahlo Blue House


La Casa Azul is the Intimate Universe of Frida Kahlo. In this beautiful residence, the artist lived most of her life; initially with her family and years later, with Diego Rivera. Likewise, interesting Mexican and foreign visitors stayed in this place, attracted by the captivating couple of artists. Frida wanted to leave her home as a museum, to be enjoyed by her beloved Mexico. Take a virtual tour of The Blue House using the link below.

Tasty Tuesday: Tostones and Maduros


A staple dish throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, tostones are crisp, flattened plantains that are often served as appetizers and side dishes. Unlike sweet maduros, which are made with very ripe, almost black, yellow plantains, savory tostones are made with unripe green plantains. Plantains are a Puerto Rican staple, and for a good reason. These crunchy snacks are best prepared simply with a sprinkle of salt and then dipped in garlic sauce. Consider them the Puerto Rican equivalent to the french fry. Maduros are their ripe, sweet counterparts. Lightly fried or griddled, maduros make for a deliciously sweet side that are perfect for balancing salty dishes.

Motivational Monday: Celebrate with these Stories


This video shares 4 different stories from Hispanics and Latinos in the US. Learn how they celebrate their rich culture and hear about their unique perspectives as we continue to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Employee Spotlight: Jose Galvan


TurnUp Thursday: Cumbia


Cumbia is Colombia’s national dance, one of its most representative rhythms and the source and inspiration behind much of the country’s popular music. Cumbia, just like Colombia, is a blend between European, African and indigenous cultures. It was born on Colombia’s Caribbean coast where it was originally an African courtship dance that evolved with the addition of African, European and indigenous instruments and indigenous dance steps.

Basics 1

Basics 2

Fun & Games: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Post


As we continue to share the rich Hispanic and Latino Heritage this month, POCU wanted to share some additional ways to celebrate with traditional games, music, podcasts and Latinx businesses to support.

Tasty Tuesday: Blackened Guajillo Chile Mushroom Tacos


These unusual, wonderful tacos are the creation of chef Donnie Masterton at Taco Lab by Tacolicious, in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rich, savory, and pleasantly chewy, they hit the spot even for meat lovers.

Motivational Monday: TedTalk by America Ferrera


“My identity is a superpower – not an obstacle”
America Ferrera is an American actress, producer and director born in Los Angeles to Honduran parents. In this Ted Talk, Ferrera speaks about how Hollywood needs to stop resisting what the world actually looks like. Tracing the contours of her career, she calls for more authentic representation of different cultures in media — and a shift in how we tell our stories. “Presence creates possibility,” she says. “Who we see thriving in the world teaches us how to see ourselves, how to think about our own value, how to dream about our futures.”

Employee Spotlight: Roberto Gomez


TurnUp Thursday: Cuban Salsa


Cuban style salsa, also known as Salsa Cubana or Casino, is a style of salsa that originated in Cuba featuring intricate turn patterns and body isolations. Cuban salsa, like its name suggests, has its origins in Cuba and is usually danced to Cuban salsa music or timba. The style is often considered more “street” than other forms of salsa and incorporates movements from Afro-Cuban dances such as Rumba and Guaguanco.

Beginners 1 video

Beginners 2 video

Latino Cultures in the US: Interactive Page


Be inspired by the contributions and experiences of Latinos in the US by exploring their vibrant culture that shaped America. This interactive page will let you explore their powerful voices, resilient communities, and deep historical roots.

Tasty Tuesday: Guatemalan Pan con Chile Relleno


Guatemalan Pan con Chiles Rellenos or stuffed peppers are a traditional Guatemalan food. This popular dish is made with a French roll stuffed with a Guatemalan style stuffed pepper, filled with a mixture of minced meat, carrots, green beans, and other spices, covered in an egg batter, and fried. This recipe is the perfect example of Guatemalan comfort food. If you’ve never tried Guatemalan food, Chiles Rellenos should be at the top of your list!

Motivational Monday: Defining Latino


2/3 of Hispanics age 18-35 are born in the US. In this video, young Latinos talk about how their American experience has defined their identity at a time when Latinos are part of one of the largest and fastest-growing youth populations in the country. They expand on the difficulty of belonging in a society where they have to balance their Hispanic heritage, while also being an American.

Employee Spotlight: James Flores


TurnUp Thursday: Salsa


Salsa is a Latin dance associated with the music genre of the same name which was first popularized in the United States in the 1960s in New York City. Salsa is an amalgamation of Cuban dances such mambo, pachanga, and rumba as well as American dances such as swing and tap.

Beginners: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3

Intermediate: Level 1, Level 2

Advanced: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3

Virtual Museum Tour: Smithsonian Latino Center


The Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution to preserve Latino history and culture, engaging Latino communities, and advancing Latino representation in the United States. It was founded as the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives in 1997, and in 2006 became the Smithsonian’s Latino Center.

Click here to take the virtual tour!

Tasty Tuesday: Pastel De Choclo


Pastel de choclo is a beef and corn casserole that is a very traditional and popular dish in Chile. Lots of different flavors, like beef and onions, raisins, olives, and roasted chicken, go into the body of the casserole, and the whole thing is topped off with a thick layer of creamed choclo corn. The corn “pudding” layer caramelizes in the oven, and the result is a delicious salty/sweet combination that’s reminiscent of shepherd’s pie.

Motivational Monday: Vanessa Vancour


We are really good at forming judgements of other people and jump to conclusions based on how they look, sound, by their last names and by the color of their skin. But imagine if you could develop a simple tactic to challenge the assumptions that limit your life? Click the link below to watch the Tedx Talk.

I’m Mexican. Does that change your assumptions about me?

Employee Spotlight: Brenda Canez


TurnUp Thursday: Bachata


Bachata is a style of social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced all over the world. Here are some videos where you can learn!

Bachata Basics 1: No Partner Needed

Bachata Basics 2: No Partner Needed

Bachata Basics: With a Partner

Hispanic Heritage Month blog post


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