Charity event – “Day of the Dead” Costume Dance Party

Saturday, November 4, 9:00pm @ Serendipity, 201 S. College Ave.

The $5 cover and sale of Mexican food will contribute to hurricane and earthquake victims ( as well as the UndocuHoosiers Alliance (

The dance party, themed around the Mexican celebration of “Dia de los muertos,” includes bachata, soca, and other forms of Latin American music, provided by DJ Good Peoples. The event will also will offer “calavera” and “catrina” (skull) face painting, homemade tamales, and homemade salsa. Attendees must be 18 years or older. For more details:

IU faculty partner with city, organizations for concert to benefit Latin American relief efforts

When a string of tropical storms ripped through Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. Virgin Islands in late August and early September, many Latin Americans in Bloomington had the same reaction: shock.

After scrambling to track down family members and friends living in the area, shock turned quickly to mobilization. Now, several Indiana University faculty and staff members have turned that mobilization into the fundraising initiative de Pueblo a Pueblo, or in English, From People to People.

“There was a real sense of urgency from people here at IU to not sit passively and to actually do something,” said Carmen Medina, associate professor in the School of Education and one of the founders of From People to People.

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How will ‘People to People’ aid be used?

Our support will focus on  social and cultural sustainable community projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and  the Caribbean. These efforts will boost grassroots projects that:

  • Address concrete needs of the people in the communities they help
  • Have a functioning and reliable on the ground work force
  • Have an excellent track record in the following areas:
    • Rebuild disenfranchised communities
    • Promote sustainable and long lasting solutions  
    • Use renewable sources of energy
    • Support local business
    • Facilitate economic activities that provide revenues to a community
    • Promote education, health care, music and the arts
    • Reestablishing communities mental, health, and general well-being.

“From People to People ~ De Pueblo a Pueblo” will select the community projects in Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean that best fit the goals described above.