District celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated by the San Diego Community College District through a number of events that include nationally recognized leaders. All of the events are free and open to the public.
Among the upcoming events:
Thursday, Sept. 22, 12:50-2:10 p.m.
“Latino Media and Politics”
University of Arkansas Political Science Professor Xavier Medina Vidal will be the featured speaker at this event. Medina Vidal's research interests include Hispanic/Latino political behavior, Latino political thought, race and ethnicity, ethnic media, and immigration politics. San Diego City College, Saville Theatre, San Diego, 92101.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
“Racial Microaggressions & the Influence on Student Success”
Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. J. Luke Wood, co-directors of San Diego State University’s Minority Male Community College Collaborative, will discuss the impact that microaggressions have on learning.
San Diego Mesa College, Mesa Commons, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 3-4:30 p.m.
“Three Fantastic Latino Artists: Remedios Varo, Paula Nicho Cumes, and Dasil (David
A discussion and slideshow presentation about the surreal works of three remarkable artists. The event is sponsored by the San Diego Miramar College Diversity and International Education Committee. For further information, contact April Koch at (619) 388-7537 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Diego Miramar College, H-105, 10440 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, 92126
Monday, Oct. 3, 12:45-2:10 p.m.
Discussion on the Chicana/o Experience
Dr. Isidro Ortiz, a professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department at San Diego State University, will be the featured Guest Speaker on the Chicana/o Experience in San Diego. Dr. Ortiz will lead participants on a tour of Unidos Por la Causa: The Chicano Experience in San Diego, an extensive exhibit illustrating the early years of the Chicano movement in San Diego. The event is free and open to the public.
San Diego Mesa College, LRC 435, 7250 Mesa College Drive, San Diego, 92111
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8:15 a.m., 9:50 a.m., and 1 p.m.
Chicana/o Studies class tours of Chicano Park
Renowned Chicano Park muralist Victor Ochoa, widely considered to be among the pioneers of the Chicano arts movement in San Diego, will lead Chicana/o Studies class tours of Chicano Park in Barrio Logan. The event is free and open to the public.
Chicano Park, under the San Diego-Coronado Bridge, San Diego, 92113
In addition to these scheduled events, “Unidos Por la Causa: The Chicano Experience in San Diego” exhibit will be on display in San Diego Mesa College’s Learning Resource Center throughout the fall and spring. Unidos Por la Causa: The Chicano Experience in San Diego comprises photos, art, and documents illustrating the early years of the Chicano movement for social justice and civil rights in San Diego, resulted from four years of work by a committee of dedicated community activists, students, faculty members and library administrators at SDSU.
Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson, and it was expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month by President Ronald Reagan to cover the period from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate independence on Sept. 16, 18, and 21, respectively.