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Latino Heritage Month: Latino Heritage Month 2017

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Latino Heritage Month

CALENDAR OF EVENTS - 2018 LATINO HERITAGE MONTH

Wednesday, May 2      (12:00 - 1 p.m.,Cesar Chavez Plaza)
COLLEGE HOUR: LHM OPENING CEREMONY -- BALLET FOLKLORICO, DJ DANYA & LUNCH
Join us as we celebrate the opening of Latino Heritage Month with music by DJ Danya, the President of the Associated Students of Foothill College (ASFC) student government, and a cultural dance performance by Ballet Folklorico Costa de Oro. Complimentary refreshments are provided.                                

Wednesday, May 9    
(12:00 - 1:000 p.m., Library Quad)
COLLEGE HOUR: undocRALLY 

UndocuRALLY is an informative rally in celebration of our DREAMers and UndocuALLY community. All students, faculty, and staff, are welcome to participate in poster-making, lunch, and special community partner introductions: the Santa Clara County (SCC) Rapid Response Network, the Yemi Getachew Immigration Law Office, and the DREAMer's Roadmap.                               

Thursday, May 10      (10:00a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Room 8330)
LATINO PROFESSIONAL PANEL: HOW DID THEY GET THERE?
Meet a panel of Latino professionals and find out about their educational and career journey. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Transfer Center. 

Thursday, May 10      (10:00a.m. - 12:00 p.m.. Hearthside Lounge Room 2313)

LECTURE SERIES 1: WOMEN'S VOICES BUSTING DOWN BORDERS AND RECLAIMING SPACE 
Come listen to the stories and poetry of local poets, Cathy Arellano and Yaccaira Salvatierra. Cathy Arellano claims roots in the Mission District of San Francisco, telling stories of family, queer identity, and the daily struggle to remain seen, respected and heard in the ugly face of gentrification and displacement. Yaccaira Salvatierra writes about the ways families and lovers disconnect and try to remember each other while being across borders, focusing on the strength of women who hold their families together and reconstruct realities to resist erasure. Join us celebrate the power of the word with two powerful mujeres!                               

Tuesday, May 15      
(9:00 A.M. -- 5 p.m., Hearthside Lounge, Room 2313)
BLOOD DRIVE: MEDICAL BRIGADES 
Foothill is teaming up with the American Red Cross for a blood drive. If you are at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are free of cold and flu symptoms, please sign up at redcrossblood.org and enter “Foothill” in the “Find a Blood Drive” box. Remember, a single pint of blood can save up to three lives! Sponsored by Global Medical Brigades Club who will be traveling to Honduras this summer.                               
Thursday, May 17      (12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Campus Center Plaza)
FOOTHILL COLLEGE: 60TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: NON PROFIT MALL & LUNCHEON
Visit the Latino Heritage Month, Inter Club Council (ICC) Clubs & ASFC Booths to find out about ASFC Service Leadership Program! Enjoy visiting nearly 20 other booths and the ASFC’s 60th Anniversary refreshments!                               

Wednesday, May 23     (12 noon,- 1:30 p.m. President’s Conference Room (Room 1901)                               
LHM LECTURE SERIES II: 2020 HINDSIGHT - THE POLITICALIZATION OF IMMIGRATION 
The proposal is based on Communication Studies Instructor Ché Meneses’s research project at San Jose State University. He just finished Post-Production called 2020 Hindsight: The Politicalization of Immigration is a focus group base study addressing how bilingual Bay Area Spanish speaking college students read news on immigration during the 2016 Presidential debates. www.elvotolatino.org.                               

Thursday, May 24     (10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Hearthside Lounge (Room 2313) 

LATINO STUDENTS TESTIONMIALS: WHAT DID THEY DO TO TRANSFER?
Meet former Latino Foothill College transfer students, who are currently attending 4-year universities, and ask them about their Foothill College experiences that helped them prepare to transfer.  Also, find out about their university experience as a transfer student. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Transfer Center.                              

Friday, May 25     (5p.m. - 9 p.m.  Campus Center Dining Room (Room 2201)                                                             
RECONOCIMIENTO 
Year after year Foothill College Organización Latino Americana (OLA) employee organization, Latino Heritage Month and ASFC combine efforts and volunteer to provide an event to highlight students who have met requirements for transfer, certificate and/or graduation of an associate degree. This event is to honor these students and their families. RSVP required; email FHReconocimiento@gmail.com. For more information, please visit the OLA website.                                                          

Wednesday, May 30     (12 noon to 1p.m. (Cesar Chavez Plaza)
COLLEGE HOUR: SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASE & OPEN MIC
Local Bay Area artist and educator, Miguel Gonzalez, will join us as he explores Afro-Latin and Hip-Hop percussion, chanting, singing, dancing, and word play. Miguel is the founder and lead instructor with Talk of the Town Urban Arts and Life Skills, which is a project designed to lead individuals of all ages towards greater self, social, cultural, and economic awareness and empowerment.                               

Foothill College Heritage & Health Series

Foothill students, faculty and staff recognize the cultural diversity of the campus community throughout the year with a series of heritage month events celebrating Jewish Heritage, Black History, Women's History, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage, Latino Heritage and LGBTQ Heritage.  

Foothill College celebrates Latino Heritage Month during the month of May.  The theme for the 2018 Latino Heritage Month celebration is "We are Dreamers"  View the calendar of events in the left column.  

For additional information on Foothill College heritage month celebrations contact the Student Activities Office at (650) 949-7282, visit the Foothill College Heritage and Health Series web page, or drop by the Campus Center Student Activities Office, Room 2009.   

History of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to a 30-day period.  It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicarague.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. 


Information from Library of Congress