The Hispanic Heritage Celebration will begin Sept. 16 and is host to a multitude of events, activities and guest speakers. The festivities will kick off with the Upsilon Piñata Bash hosted by Lambda Sigma Upsilon Monday Sept. 16 in the ABAC Meadows from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Cultural Latina Club will host Dancing Lessons in Nickelodeon Sept. 18 from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The 10th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration will take place Thursday Sept. 19 in the Meadows from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Appetizers and refreshments will be served until 12 p.m. followed by a performance from Moultrie’s Folklore Group sharing a Sinaloa Folkloric dance. CAMP students will present the Parade of Flags beginning at 12:20 p.m. then L.A.D.I.E.S will also share a Salvadorian Folkloric dance.
Guest Speaker Santiago Marquez will also be making an appearance at the celebration at 12:55 p.m. Marquez has worked with the Boys and Girls clubs across the country to implement Latino outreach strategies amongst youth and families. Marquez earned a BA from Georgia State University and has served as the Director of Employment and Housing for the Latin American Association.
The Symposium on the Impact of Latino Americans in the United States will take place Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. in Howard Auditorium. L.A.D.I.E.S will host “Showing your True Colors: A Diversity Educational Workshop” Sept. 19 from 5 p.m.- 6 p.m. in Town Hall Classroom.
Lastly, there will be a screening of Pride and Prejudice (1965-1980), Latino Americans Episode V in Howard Auditorium Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. These events are open to all students, faculty and staff.
In honor of the Hispanic Heritage Celebration, ABAC will be host to many special guests.
John J. Valadez has been producing and directing award winning documentaries for PBS and CNN for 14 years. Many of Valadez’s projects have not only focused on the culture of Latin Americans but have also paved the way for them.
Ricardo Sanchez is another impressive guest who has a PhD in law along with degrees in International Political Relations from universities in Mexico, France and New Mexico. Sanchez has served as Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission and as Director General of Economic Affairs for Latin America and Asia Pacific. Sanchez currently holds the rank of Ambassador of the Mexican Foreign Service.
Victor Zuniga is a professor at the Universidad de Monterrey and will be a guest in classrooms to discuss his research regarding students who attend school in both America and Mexico.
Eduardo Diaz is the Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center, which makes him responsible for managing and delivering exhibits, public and educational programs along with many other tasks. Under his belt, Diaz has a law degree from the University of California and a bachelor’s in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University.
Carlos Rodriguez has been a part of the White House Strategy Session on Improving Hispanic Student Achievement and even spoke at the first White House Conference on Hispanic Children and Youth during Clinton’s Administration. Rodriguez’s has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Arizona and a Master’s degree in Bicultural and Bilingual Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio.
These honored guests will be around campus and stopping by many classes as guest speakers.