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, San Jacinto College senior administrative assistant to the associate vice chancellor for student success transitions and 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.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.