Hispanic Heritage Month: Riana Ramirez

“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.” –hispanicheritagemonth.gov

Marist is honored to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this week on Marist Fox Tales by sharing stories and profiles from members of the Marist community.


Hello! My name is Riana Ramirez 🙂

Heritage Highlighted: Dominican and Puerto Rican

Class: Junior

Hometown: New York, NY

Major: English-Writing

Minor: Public Relations; Latin America & Caribbean Studies

Involvement at Marist: President of ARCO (Appreciating Races and Creating Opportunities), Women’s Rugby Team, Honors Program, Sigma Tau Delta (International English Honor Society), Writing Center Tutor, Tour Guide

Favorite Heritage food: Pernil (shredded pork)

I was born and raised in a predominately Dominican neighborhood, so even though I grew up in NY, my Hispanic culture has always been a big part of my life. My dad was born in the Dominican Republic and my mom was born in NY and her parents were born in Puerto Rico. Since I was little, they ingrained the Spanish language and culture into my life. I love being Hispanic and all that it comes with. I love listening to Spanish music, dancing bachata, and those big family dinners with so much food. My favorite Hispanic tradition is Noche Buena, or Christmas Eve. All my family comes together and we have a potluck of all our favorite foods like pernil (pork), rice and beans, and pasteles.

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