Hispanic Heritage Month

at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 15), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus. All of the events are free and open to the public.

  • Sept. 9-10 – Chicano Movement Symposium: Chicano Voices - Stories from the South Texas Civil Rights Movement is a two-day symposium that will feature multiple presentations from activists who participated in the Chicano Movements. The symposium will take place on Friday, Sept. 9, from 6 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the University Center, Bayview Room 320. Three panels will discuss various facets of the struggle for Mexican American Civil Rights in the region. La Raza Unida party founding member, José Angel Gutiérrez, and Dr. María Cotera, professor at the University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote addresses. Other speakers include Alma Gloria Canales, the first woman to run for Lt. Governor in Texas, José Torres who organized with the Texas Farmworkers Union, and local artist, Santa Barraza. For more information, please contact Dr. Claudia Rueda at claudia.rueda@tamucc.edu  or 361.825.5858.

  • Sept. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff:  The Islander Cultural Alliance, the University Center, and Student Activities will celebrate our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff on Thursday, Sept. 15, in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  This event will include a performance by local band, N’Rumba, and food will be provided.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 20 – Real Talk: The Islander Cultural Alliance (ICA) will host their monthly Real Talk Series on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom A from noon to 2:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 21 – Creating a Legacy - The Life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia:  The Mexican American Studies Program, the History Area, the College of Liberal Arts, and the Provost's Office will celebrate the Dr. Hector P. Garcia State Holiday by hosting a discussion with guest speaker Dr. Ignacio Garcia, prolific author and biographer of Dr. Hector P. Garcia on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 2-3 p.m. in the University Center, Anchor Ballroom B.  Dr. Ignacio Garcia will use Dr. Garcia’s life as an example of how to create a legacy This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Anthony Quiroz at 361.825.5985; or e-mail anthony.quiroz@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 22 – Hispanic Poetry Reading: Join Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez on Thursday, Sept. 22, from 2-3 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library.  The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works.  For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 27 – Hispanic Health Fair: The College of Nursing and Health Sciences and Student Nurses Association will hold a Health Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Dugan gym. Nursing students and faculty will provide blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar screenings AIC/Cholesterol (first 50) and educational information on diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.  There will be exhibitors from various organizations providing information on their agencies. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Ms. Petra Martinez at 361.825.2264; or email petra.martinez@tamucc.edu

  • Sept. 28 – Latin Dance Night:  Join the Multicultural Greek Council and Islander Cultural Alliance as we dance the night away on Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 5:30- 7 p.m. in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza.  Latin Dance Night is free and includes fun music, dance lessons, and snacks.  For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539; or email ica@tamucc.edu or Multicultural Greek Council at mgc@tamucc.edu

  • Sept. 29 – Read-A-Thon:  On behalf of the Spanish Program in the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Melissa Culver will host a Read-A-Thon where faculty, staff and students will read short excerpts of literary works by Spanish, Spanish American and U.S Latina/o authors. The Read-A-Thon event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Faculty Center Atrium. This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Dr. Melissa Culver at 361.825.2580; or email melissa.culver@tamucc.edu

  • Oct. 4 – South Texas Colonia Initiative Presentation: Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to a presentation about an organization founded by a local couple, Mr. and Mrs. Lopez, on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 6-7 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. STCI partners with many organizations from all over the United States to provide information and services to the people. They provide leadership, peer education and resources to support community empowerment.  As members of minority and underserved populations they are in a unique position to build on strengths and to address unmet health needs and also are excellent outreach workers in their communities. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 5 – Loteria:  Islander Cultural Alliance will host a big game of Loteria in the Hector P. Garcia Plaza on Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 4-6 p.m.  Play Mexican Bingo for fun student prizes while you laugh with friends and enjoy your dinner.  For more information, contact Islander Cultural Alliance at 361.825.2539, or email ica@tamucc.edu

  • Oct. 6 – Cisneros v. CCISD Presentation: Students, faculty, staff, and the community are invited to a presentation about the landmark 1970 court case that brought change and equal access to Corpus Christi schools featuring Dr. Isabel Araiza, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Amanda Marquez, Professional Assistant Professor in the First Year Learning Communities Program. The presentation is on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6-8 p.m.on the 2nd floor of the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu

  • Oct. 12 – English Department Movie Night: Please join the English department for the first film of the Fall Film Series on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in University Center, Anchor Ballroom C. The department will screen, “Sleep Dealer,” the 2008 film by Alex Rivera, which is a sci-fi thriller set on the U.S./Mexico border. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Concannon at 361.825.3874, or kevin.concannon@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 13 – "14 The Movie": The College of Liberal Arts would like to invite students, faculty, staff, and the public to a screening of the documentary, “14 The Movie,” which examines birthright citizenship while discussing the stories of Dred Scott, Kim Wong Ark, and Vanessa Lopez. This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. in University Center, Anchor Ballroom. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at 361.825.2657, or andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu

  • Oct. 14 – PASS Documentary and Display: The Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on Friday, Oct. 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballrooms A & B. PASS will present an educational documentary and a poster presentation on Hispanic contributions to the STEM fields This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Washington at john.washington@tamucc.edu; or call 361.825.3199.

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Display: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will join the campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with displays throughout the Library.  Displays will be available during the month (Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 15) with books, films, and other resources that highlight the rich and diverse influence of the Hispanic and Latino community. For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library has created an online guide for Hispanic Heritage Month (Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 15).  The guide offers access to books, journals, databases, teaching resources and more! Check out library resources that celebrate our Hispanic heritage at http://tamucc.libguides.com/HHM2016 . For more information, contact Jennifer Anderson at 361.825.3321; or email jennifer.anderson@tamucc.edu.