38th Annual Whittier College Tardeada Celebrates Latino Culture

October 16, 2009

The 38th Annual Whittier College Tardeada—a celebration of Latino culture and heritage—will highlight Cuban culture, music, dance, and food with the theme Havana Cabana. Tardeada will take place on Sunday, October 25 at 4:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Courtyard, 7214 Painter Avenue, Whittier, CA, Whittier College. Over the past four decades Tardeada has become an essential community-building event at Whittier, bringing the entire student body, alumni, and families together to enjoy an afternoon of inter-generational activities and fun. Entertainment will include salsa dancers from Paso de Oro Academy, Trio music, and student performances. For more information contact Luz Maria Galbreath, director of the Ortiz Program at 562.907.4962. 

Tardeada was established in 1971 by the late Martin Ortiz '48, founder of the Center of Mexican American Affairs which was renamed The Ortiz Programs after his retirement. Ortiz was instrumental in increasing the number of Latino student matriculating and graduating from Whittier. Currently, nearly 30 percent of Whittier's student body is Latino—one of the highest percentages among private liberal arts colleges in the state. 
Tardeada is sponsored and organized by the Whittier College Cultural Center, Ortiz Program, MEChA, and Hispanic Student Association.