Colorado State University - Pueblo celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with events

Colorado State University - Pueblo celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with events

PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15,  with a variety of food events, speakers, as well as a student leadership luncheon and conference, all utilizing the theme, Many Backgrounds, Many Stories. . . One American Spirit.

Hispanic Heritage Month activities will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16 with a Chicano/Latino Student reception and dance, Baile Para La Raza, in the Occhiato University Center Ballroom. The reception will begin at 7 p.m. in the Occhiato University Center Hearthwell Lounge and willl allow current Chicano and Latino students to interact with alumni from CSU-Pueblo, USC, and SCSC.  The reception also will feature information about the University Library’s Colorado Chicano Movement Collection as well as a performance by Chicano poet Ara Cruz. A community dance featuring a DJ and the band Arrieros Musical will follow the reception at 9 p.m. in the OUC Ballroom. Reception tickets are $15 in advance of the event or $20 at the door. Dance tickets are $8 before the event and $10 at the door. Students receive a $2 discount.
For more information, contact Victoria Obregon at 719-549-2402 or or Fawn-Amber Montoya at

Respected actor and a passionate community activist Edward James Olmos will present “We’re All in the Same Gang,” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 also in the OUC Ballroom. Named by Hispanic Magazine as the nation's most influential Hispanic-American, Olmos is an award-winner on Broadway (Zoot Suit), in film (Stand and Deliver, Selena, Blade Runner), and on television (Miami Vice, American Family), where he most recently starred on the critically-acclaimed hit show Battlestar Gallactica—which has won numerous awards and was named by TIME magazine and Rolling Stone as the best show of 2005. Olmos also directed HBO's Walkout, a drama that tells the true story of a group of Chicano students who staged a compelling 1968 walkout to protest the injustices of the public high school system in East Los Angeles Olmos emphasizes culture, diversity, and racial harmony as the American ideal. In his presentations, Olmos explains his heritage and how it relates to our need to reconcile history books with actual history as well as the importance of being an activist for the causes in which you believe.

Former Police Chief and alumnus Ruben Archuleta will close out the Hispanic Heritage Month Activities with a presentation on his research on Penitentes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the LARC 109. Archuleta donated a significant collection to the University Archives and will highlight a number of  items in the collection.

The remainder of the Hispanic Heritage Month schedule follows:

Distinguished Speaker: Edward James Olmos
“We’re All in the Same Gang”
OUC Ballroom,  7 p.m.

!Sabor Latino!
Tortillas and Other Food Demonstrations
Crestone Hall, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Victor Villasenor, author of Rain of gold
Rawlings Library Ryals Room (downtown), 6 p.m.

Pueblo Chile and Frijole Festival
Downtown Pueblo, Union Avenue between 1st and “B” Streets
Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Rethinking Columbus Day”
Presentation from CSU-Pueblo Professors Chris Picicci, Paul Conrad, and Fawn-Amber Montoya on the impact of conquest on Spain, Italy, and the Americas
Rawlings Library Brett Kelly Room,  11 a.m.

MAES Event (Free Food)
OUC, Aspen Leaf , 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.

Annual Si Se Puede! Hispanic Student Leadership Luncheon, free to students, aimed specifically at juniors and seniors, OUC Hearthwell Lounge, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Southern Colorado Reading Series presents A Night of Music and Latino(a) Poetry
Crestone Hall, 6:30 p.m.

Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Conference Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Conference, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Area middle-school girls are invited to hear a positive message about succeeding in life at the ninth anual Soy Unica! Soy Latina! Conference.  Last year, more than 100 girls ages 9 to 14 attended the event, which focuses on helping attendees learn how to handle pressures they face as young women, making better choices and boosting positive self-esteem.  The sessions include cultural diversity activities in the afternoon and a keynote by area activist and local director of the Colorado Progressive Coalition, Theresa Trujillo.  Registration is just $5 and includes a t-shirt, breakfast, snack, lunch, activity materials, a chance to win prizes, and is available online at  Scholarships are available.  This year’s sponsors are CSU-Pueblo, PCC, the Boys & Girls Club of Pueblo County, Parkview Medical Center, and the Pueblo Alliance for Healthy Teens.
Contact Trisha Macias at 719-549-2951 or email

Latino(a) Mini-Health Fair
Student Recreation Center, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Featured guest Ruben Archuleta will speak on his research on the Penitentes.
CSU-Pueblo Library Auditorium, LARC 109,7 p.m.

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.