San Jacinto College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) at each of its campuses with a variety of events and activities for students, faculty, staff, and community members.
"We really wanted to showcase a number of activities that represent the beautiful diversity within the Hispanic and Latino cultures," said Claudia Alvarez, South Campus Hispanic Heritage Month Committee member.
A screening of the movie "Spare Parts" helped kick off the month, which also included colorful arts and crafts activities. Students and staff also enjoyed a "Salsa y Salsa" event with salsa tastings and free salsa dance lessons.
Adding to the spirit of dance, the lively, vibrant traditional dance styles of Mexico were brought to the campuses by Mixteco Ballet Folklorico School of Dance and the Burbank Middle School Folklorico Dance Team.
The campuses culminated the month of activities with luncheons featuring classic cultural dishes and panel discussions featuring local Hispanic and Latino professionals from a variety of industries who discussed how and why they chose their degree pathways and the success their higher education has provided.
Alvarez added, "We wanted students to hear from professionals in a variety of industries about how their education brought them to where they are now. No matter the path they chose, their education opened doors for them that they probably would not have had access to otherwise."