Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of events Sept. 15 -Oct. 15 to commemorate Hispanic contributions to the community and country.
The month-long Hispanic Heritage celebration began Monday (Sept. 15) with readings from the Hispanic Experience Literary Showcase and a reception honoring Chicano activist Freddie “Freak” Trujillo, who donated significant materials to the Chicano Movement Archives at the University Library. The campus also discussed the history of salsa music, tortilla making, and Retalbo folk art, while enjoying the colorful flair of the Folklorico dancers.
In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, 20 years later, this celebration was expanded into a month-long celebration of culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Other major events scheduled over the next month include an immigration update, a community dinner featuring entertainer Jimmy Santiago Baca on Oct. 1, and a presentation on the significance of Spanish missions.
The complete list of remaining events follows:
Sept. 22 –Immigration Update, Nadine Trieste, Director, Center for immigration and Community Integration (CICI), Noon-1 p.m., Multicultural Center. Triste will provide an update on the efforts of the CICI to integrate the immigration community in Pueblo as well as a policy and political update on the topic.
Sept. 26– Fiesta Friday, 12:30-2 p.m., First-Year Center, University Library
Native American Day Film: Apocolypto, Dr. Fawn Amber Montoya, Belmont Residence Hall Lobby, 9 p.m.
Sept. 29 – MEChA Membership Drive, Noon-1 p.m., OUC Multicultural Center. Faculty and staff are helping to revitalize MEChA club on campus by educating students about the club application process and goal setting.
Sept. 30 –Presentation: La Raza de Colorado- Movimento, Nick Romero, local activist and community leader, 12:30-1 p.m., Multicultural Center. Romero will share his experiences and involvement in the Chicano movement in the 60s and 70s and share materials and information for that period.
Oct. 1 – Leadership Perspectives and Philosophies from a Latino Point of View: Tony Montoya, Director, CSU-Pueblo Multicultural Center, noon-1 p.m., OUC Multicultural Center. Montoya will discuss leadership philosophies presented by Ms. Juana Bordas in her book, Salsa, soul, and spirit; Leadership for a Muticultural Age.
Hispanic/Latino Community Dinner and Show: A night with Jimmy Santiago Baca, free for CSU-Pueblo students, $10 community, $150 corporate table, 5:30-8:30 p.m., OUC Ballroom.
Oct. 2 – Presentation: La Virgin De Guadalupe in Today’s Society: Joyce Archuleta, Campus Ministry, noon-1 p.m., OUC Multicultural Center. Archuleta will discuss the role of the Virgin Mary past and present, and why the Latino community has always had an special attraction or commitment to the Virgin.
Oct. 3 – Film: Pan’s Labyrinth, 9 p.m., Belmont Residence Hall
Oct. 7 – Soy Latino Series, 2-3 p.m., OUC Multicultural Center. The First-Year Program and Multicultural Center have joined forces to discuss issues and questions facing young Latinos, ranging from what’s in a name to stereotypes in order to engage students and help them deal with their questions of identity.
Oct. 8 – Presentation: Colonizing California: The Significance of Spanish Missions.
Dr. Dora Luz Cobian and Mujeres Unidas de CSU-Pueblo share their research findings on the California Spanish Missions, 5:30-7 p.m., OUC Hearthwell Lounge.
Oct. 10 - Film/Discussion: Zoot Suit, led by Dr. Fawn Amber Montoya, CSU-Pueblo Chicano Studies Coordinator, 9 p.m., Belmont Residence Hall Lobby.
Oct. 15 - Presentation: Jade Esteban Estrada ICONS-History for Sexual & Gender Minorities, 8-10 p.m., OUC Ballroom
Nov. 3-4 – Dia De los Muertos: Dr. Dora Luz Cobian, Mujeres Unidas, & Campus Catholic Ministries, OUC Great Hall and Hearthwell Lounge, 5-6:45 p.m.