Island University Celebrates the Start of Hispanic Heritage Month with Two Exciting Events

Published: September 18, 2015

Island University Celebrates the Start of Hispanic Heritage Month with Two Exciting Events

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrated the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month with two successful events – a kickoff party and a Hector P. Garcia State Holiday event.

The Islander Cultural Alliance hosted a kickoff event on Tuesday, Sept. 15 in the University Center Anchor Ballroom. More than 300 students, faculty and staff attended.

“I’m thrilled with the amount of people that came out to celebrate our kick off celebration,” said Adler Marchand, Student Activities Coordinator. “It’s always exciting to bring the campus together to build a more inclusive environment. Attendees seemed to really enjoy the band, food and dancing.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Mexican American Studies Program worked together with the College of Liberal Arts and the Islander Cultural Alliance to host a seminar to recognize the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Official State Holiday. The discussion, held in the University Center Lone Star Ballroom, featured Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez, a University of Texas at Austin Professor, with more than 17 years of journalism experience. Rivas-Rodriguez is a longtime organizer of projects and efforts to bring greater social justice and inclusion to the news media. She also helped organize the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

“Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez is a leading scholar in Mexican American civil rights,” said Dr. Anthony Quiroz, Professor of History, and organizer of the State Holiday event. “She spoke about the significance of World War II for Latinos and the importance of education, political representation and judicial system responsiveness for the advancement and equal treatment of Mexican Americans.”

Hispanic Heritage Month events continue through Thursday, Oct. 15. For a full listing of events at the Island University, go to