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Source:  Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College District

September 10, 2018 (El Cajon) – Food, music and dance at Cuyamaca College and a visit at Grossmont College by nationally acclaimed poet Yosimar Reyes will highlight a series of special events honoring Latinx Heritage Month at the two East County colleges from mid-September to Nov. 1. All events are free and open to the public.

Karla Gutiérrez, chair of Cuyamaca College’s World Languages department, will be the keynote speaker at a College Hour celebration outside of the B Building from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, which will also feature ballet folklorico dancers and music by DJ Rambo.

“Being Latina is knowing that the road is tough, but also knowing that I can overcome any obstacle,” said Gutiérrez, born and raised in Mexicali and a graduate of Imperial Valley College and San Diego State University.

At Grossmont College, “UndocuJoy: Shifting the Perspective in Undocumented Representation” is the subject of Reyes’ chat set for 9:30-10:45 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 in Griffin Gate. A native of Guerrero, Mexico, Reyes will present an insightful look at ways undocumented artists are resisting narratives of fear and creating works that give people hope.

Latinx Heritage Month, or Hispanic Heritage month, begins each Sept. 15 and marks the independence days of five Latin American countries. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18. The term “Latinx” refers to U.S.-residing descendants of Latin Americans and its gender-neutral use is meant to reflect inclusivity of all people.

Other events planned at Grossmont College include:

  • Latinx Delineation: Media Portrayals of la Familia and the Effects on la Cultura

A lecture by Raymundo Quezada, Cross-Cultural Studies instructor

Tuesday, September 18, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Griffin Gate, Bldg. 60

  • Latinx Heritage Month Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer

Thursday, September 20, 1-3 p.m. Griffin Center, Room 60-206

  • Gloria Muriel—Respira

Art Exhibit: October 1-26, Hyde Art Gallery.

Artist Lecture: October 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 24-274

Reception: Tuesday, Oct 16, 4-7 p.m., Hyde Gallery

  • Family Outdoors Movie Night: Coco

The 2017 Academy Award-winning animated film inspired by the Day of the Dead holiday

Thursday, October 4, 7 p.m. Location: East Lawn of the LRC

Other Cuyamaca College events include:

  • Dolores- Documentary & Discussion

Screening and discussion of this documentary on Dolores Huerta, an equal partner in founding the first farm workers union with César Chavez.

Tuesday, September 18, 9:30-11 a.m., Student Center, I-207 & I-208

  • The Border Corrido: Music of Resistance

A workshop on the development of the border corrido focuses on author Américo Paredes telling the story of Gregorio Cortez, the man and the legend, in vivid, fascinating detail in "With His Pistol in His Hand."

Wednesday, September 26, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Student Center, I-207

  • Tile of our People

Students will be painting a tile mural with the theme, “What does Latinx mean?”

Thursday, October 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Student Quad Area

  • Raza Unida Meet and Greet

Tuesday, Oct, 9, 2-3 p.m., Cross Cultural Center, I-128

  • Dia de los Muertos Altar and Presentation

A short presentation on the holiday and altar, followed by food, music and discussion.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m.-noon, Student Center, Rom I-104

View a full schedule of events here.

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