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Westfield State University to host presentation on Holyoke’s Puerto Rican community

Event part of University’s Latinx Heritage Month observation

WHAT:           As part of Westfield State University’s observation of Latinx Heritage Month, a lecture about the Puerto Rican community in Holyoke will be delivered via Zoom. Dr. Alba Arias Álvarez’s presentation, titled “The Puerto Rican Community in the U.S.: What’s Going on with Holyoke?” is free and open to the public.  

Dr. Arias Álvarez is an assistant professor in Hispanic linguistics at Roanoke College (Va.). Dr. Arias Álvarez worked closely with Spanish-speakers of Holyoke to analyze the generational and social stigma around the Puerto Rican dialect.  To learn about her research, visit

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WHEN:          Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m.  

WHERE:        The Owls Nest, lower level, Ely Student Center
Westfield State University, 577 Western Avenue, Westfield, Mass.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or

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