FC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Fullerton College will help celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events and workshops that honor the contributions, struggles and successes of the Hispanic/Latino community. Most events begin in mid-September and run through mid-October, with some extending further into the semester.

To kick-off the celebration, the Cadena Cultural and Transfer Center will host the 19th annual Bienvenidos event on Tuesday, Sept. 22, this has been updated from the original date of Sept. 15. The welcome event is designed to inspire and encourage cross-cultural students in their quest for academic success. A resource fair is scheduled between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. where students can learn more about the variety of resources on campus and connect with instructional divisions, student support services and student-led organizations.

Also hosted by the Cadena Cultural Center, the award-winning PBS documentary, Latino Americans, will be screened in six one-hour segments from Sept. 14 through Sept. 29. The six-hour documentary chronicles the lives of the many Latinos who have helped shape North America over the last 500 years. More information is available by contacting the Cadena Cultural Center at (714) 992-7086.

The newly formed Society of Latino/a Scientists at FC will host a meeting on Sept. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Building 200, Room 226. The group, which launched this fall, is dedicated to helping Latino science students achieve their dream of completing a degree or certificate in STEM. September’s meeting will focus on social media for scientists. The group meets regularly on the fourth Tuesday of each month and welcomes all STEM students.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the 7th annual Latino Students Forum will be held in Building 200, Room 224 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Hosted by the Cadena Cultural Center, the forum is designed to connect Latino students with support networks at FC and in the surrounding community. It’s also a place for students to gather and discuss topics of importance among Latino students pursuing higher education.

A Dia De Los Muertos celebration will be hosted by the Ethnic Studies Department on Thursday, Oct. 29. The Mexican holiday, which focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember those who have died, will be celebrated with music, lively demonstrations, and elaborate alters adorning the Quad from 6:30-10 p.m. For more information, please contact Gerry Padilla at gpadilla@fullcoll.edu.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations will continue well into November and December with a visit to the Museum of Latin American Art hosted by the Cadena Cultural Center on Friday, Nov. 6, a Social Justice Summit hosted by Ethnic Studies on Friday, Nov. 20, and a presentation of “Blood Wedding,” a play by Federico Garcia Lorca presented by the Theatre Arts Department, Dec. 3-6 at the Bronwyn Dodson Theatre.

More information on any of the events listed above is available by calling (714) 992-7000.

Author: Fullerton College

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