As part of National Latin@ Heritage Month, Nuestras Raíces Centro Comunitario (NRCC) was honored Saturday, during SE LA vs. EWU's first home football game of the season, for its work serving the Latin@ community in Spokane.
Before the game between the Eagles and the Louisiana Lions started, the HBPA NRCC blue, yellow and white logo appeared on the top of the big TV screen of the Roos Field stadium, in Cheney. The presentation recognized the impact HBPA and NRCC have made in the Latin@ community in Spokane.
NRCC, formerly known as HBPA, has been in the Spokane community for over 30 years, striving to empower and advance the Hispanic/Latin@ community. It provides many services with respect to vital issues surrounding education, health, civic engagement, and economic empowerment in the Inland Northwest.
The recognition of NRCC’s work in the community was part of EWU’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and campus events and activities that aimed to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Latin@ Month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. These events give EWU’s campus community the opportunity to honor and learn more about the rich cultures and histories of the American Hispanic Latin@ community.
During the game, some NRCC members and guests were present in the audience to enjoy the game and watch the organization's recognition on the 'big screen.'
Mariachi Las Aguilas was also present, performing for all the fans and players the traditional ‘Cielito Lindo’ song.
NRCC mission is to provide a sense of belonging through holistic services to empower the community and promote a more equitable economy. It envisions a communal space where the community can gather, share and learn from each other's experiences including meeting the education, health, economic, social justice, and cultural needs of people.