CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – For the past 29 years, communities across the nation have gathered to celebrate the impact Hispanic culture has made on our collective history during Hispanic Heritage Month. It is celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will once again join in on this celebration with its own series of Hispanic Heritage Month events. All events are free and open to the public.
“Everything we do during Hispanic Heritage Month fits in with our mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution,” said Andrea Montalvo-Hamid, Professional Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Hispanic Heritage Committee Chairwoman. “We are excited to host so many events that will interest a variety of audiences. We are inviting local musicians, artists, activists, and experts of Hispanic culture to share their views with our Islander students and the community as a whole.”
Hispanic Heritage Month was originally implemented as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson, and was later lengthened to cover a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. During this time, many Latin American and Hispanic countries such as Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Chile will celebrate the anniversary of their countries’ independence.
This year, A&M-Corpus Christi will host more than 20 events, including the following signature events:
- Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off: The Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA), the University Center and Student Activities will begin the Hispanic Heritage Month festivities with the Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom. This event will include a performance by local band, N’Rumba, and free food will be provided.
- Creating a Legacy – The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia: The memory and life of civil rights pioneer, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, will be celebrated on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. during “Creating a Legacy – The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia.” This event will take place in the University Center, Lone Star Ballroom 142C. Cecilia Garcia Akers will speak about her father’s legacy and the new scholarship set up in his honor. Dr. Anthony Quiroz will follow Mrs. Akers by presenting a brief discussion of the relatively unknown aspects of her father’s legacy. Light refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the History Department and the Mexican American Studies minor.
- Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association are hosting a Hispanic Health Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Dugan Gym. Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings and educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension. There will also be exhibitors from various organizations providing information on their agency.
- Tacos y Latinas: Join the Island University for a presentation featuring local entrepreneurs, Gerald and Elena Flores, the creators of the brands Taco Gear and Sew Bonita. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom A. Refreshments will be provided.
- Renato Ramirez Presentation: Renato Ramirez, Professor of Political Science at Del Mar College, will visit the Island University on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the University Center, Oso room 221, to discuss the court case LULAC v. Richards and the struggle for equal access to quality higher education in South Texas. The presentation will focus on the struggle to attain funding for universities in South Texas, including funding for doctoral programs. Ramirez will also discuss the adoption issue of South Texas universities by the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, the recent effort to merge Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Texas A&M-Kingsville and the merger of the University of Texas at Brownsville with the University of Texas-Pan American. This event is sponsored by the Mexican American Studies minor.
For a full schedule of Hispanic Heritage Month events taking place at the Island University, visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu/