Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month at CBC

Coastal Bend College is a Hispanic Serving Institute and has a Hispanic student population of over 70 percent. But what is a Hispanic? The federal government designates “Hispanic” as those whose roots include Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and other U.S. citizens and residents who trace their roots from Latin American countries and Spain. This group comprises over 17 percent of the U.S. population and is the youngest and fastest growing groups in America.

Hispanics have faced a range of economic and social barriers to educational attainment. Since 1965, CBC has provided all students with an affordable, accredited option to gain the educational background needed to succeed in life.

For all locations, CBC will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by showing Frida on September 25 and Cesar Chavez on October 9. Then on October 2, Lotería will be played at all locations from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Concluding the celebration will be special guest speaker Victoria Ramirez Gentry presenting from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on October 15. Every Thursday, there will also be a different cultural treat as part of cultural food immersion. The following dates detail what food will be offered:

Thursday, September 19: Corn in a Cup

Thursday, September 26: Cake and Pan de Polvo

Thursday, October 3: Chips and Salsa and Agua Fresca

Thursday, October 10: BUÑUELOS­

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. This time frame is especially significant as September 15 is the is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Finally, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza falls on October 12, within the month of celebration.

 

Schedule of National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations (All Sites)

Thursday, September 19: Corn in a Cup

Wednesday, September 25: Frida

Thursday, September 26: Cake and Pan de Polvo

Wednesday, October 2: Lotería

Thursday, October 3: Chips and Salsa and Agua Fresca

Wednesday, October 9: Cesar Chavez

Thursday, October 10: BUÑUELOS­

Tuesday, October 15: Guest speaker Victoria Ramirez Gentry 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 

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