Council to Kick-Off Hispanic Heritage Month with Virtual Celebration and Award Presentation:
Councilmember Shayla Favor
Council President Shannon G. Hardin
Columbus Symphony Orchestra
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Please join City Council President Shannon G. Hardin and
Councilmember Shayla Favor will
kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month with a virtual celebration and Esperanza
Awards presentation on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 7pm.
The festivities include musical performances by the Columbus
Symphony, the 2021 Esperanza Award presentation and conclude with the lighting
of City Hall.
"It is an honor to host the first Annual Hispanic Heritage
Month lighting ceremony celebration," said Councilmember Favor. "This
year, we recognize the contributions of our Hispanic residents, specifically
our service workers and front line heroes who the COVID-19 pandemic has
Esperanza Award is presented to individuals and organizations for their
outstanding contributions to the Latino community. The recipients are:
SCOPE (Student Community
of Progressive Empowerment) was created in 2019 to
support and serve undocumented students at Ohio State and Central Ohio. SCOPE
advocates for prospective and current students such that education is
accessible to all. The goal is to create a safe space that protects students
who are undocumented or of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
Lair Marin-Marcum is an advocate with a proven voice for the
underrepresented. While working in the private sector, she passionately fought
for women and minorities to obtain opportunities to achieve positions of
influence. At the Ohio Latino Affairs Commission, she championed over thousands
of Ohio Latino families.
"I say it often, but it is even more important to repeat it
loudly at this critical point in our history," Favor
continued. "Our Hispanic residents contribute greatly to our community and
should be honored. Columbus' diversity is its strength."