Columbia Students Discuss Role of Islam in Latino Culture, Break Fast with Tex-Mex

October 12, 2005

Source: The Columbia Spectator

On October 12, 2005 The Columbia Spectator reported, "Students came together [at Columbia University] to break their Ramadan fast over an iftar dinner and stayed for halal tex-mex... The mix of the two unlikely meals represented the blend of cultures at Tuesday night’s 'Latinos in Islam: Rediscovering our Roots.' The event was organized to educate attendees about the role that Islam has played in Latino culture and the growing Latino Muslim population. The program, which was scheduled to coincide with both Ramadan and Latino Heritage Month, was organized at the suggestion of Hernan Guadalupe, director and founder of the Latino Muslim Outreach Program and a recent Muslim convert... The evening began with the breaking of fasts, a call to prayer at sunset, and dinner. Directly afterward was Guadalupe’s presentation regarding Islam in Latino history and heritage. The evening concluded with a question and answer session... The event was co-sponsored by Columbia’s Muslim Students Association, Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, and the Latino Muslim Outreach Program."