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East County News Service

September 4, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Hispanic Heritage Month at the two East County colleges is celebrated from mid-September to Nov. 1 with free events that are open to the public.

Grossmont College events include:


  • 7 p.m. every Tuesday Sept. 19-Oct. 10 in Building 26, Room 220: The Latino Film Festival explores Latino/a culture and history. Screenings are free.
  • Wednesday, September 27, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the Griffin Gate: A presentation about illustrator Gabe Eltaeband and a discussion about the Star Wars comic book artist's career path in the comic book industry.
  • Thursday, October 12, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the Main Quad. Dr. Eduardo "Kiki" Ochoa, a community activist, will discuss strategies for overcoming educational and personal challenges that affect people of color in higher education.

Cuyamaca College events include:

  • Thursday, September 14 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Grand Lawn: LatinX Heritage Month College Hour - Music, poetry, dancing, food, featuring Ballet Folklorico Aztlan; poet Jim Moreno; and DJ Rambo.
  • Thursday, September 21 from 11 - 12:15 p.m.  I-207/208: Immigrants in the Media Discussion presented by Raquel Jacob-Almeida and Moriah Gonzalez-Meeks. A short presentation followed by a group discussion of how immigrants are depicted in the media.
  • Tuesday, September 26 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in I-207: Corridos: Resistance through Music presented by John Escobedo on the music and the politics of resistance in Chicano history.
  • November 1 from 11 a.m. - noon in I-104: Dia de los Muertos - Presentation on the holiday and the altar, followed by food, music, and discussion.