Del Mar prepares for Hispanic Heritage Month

Several events planned for monthlong celebration

With the start of the fall semester, Hispanic Heritage Month is right around the corner.

Del Mar plans to offer several events and activities for students to celebrate Nueces County’s largest and oldest cultural community during the month, which runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Here are some upcoming Hispanic Heritage events at Del Mar College:


The Center for Mexican American Studies has a full lineup of events beginning with a kick-off on Sept. 13. The kick-off event will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the Coles Building, Room CB 133.

The event will include the unveiling of this year’s Creative Workers and Artistic Exhibits series with a gallery talk from artist David Longnecker. The center will also be spotlighting their new Latino literature and video collection, located in the Coles Building.


The center will be hosting three film showings over the course of the month, each accompanied by a guest presenter. The showings will be held at 10 a.m. in the Coles Building on the following days:

Sept. 21 – “The Bronze Screen: 100 years of Latino Image in Hollywood”

Presented by Claudia Morales, this 2002 documentary covers the long history of Latin American culture and personalities in film and television.

Sept. 27 – “Bread & Roses”

Presented by Isabel Araiza, “Bread & Roses” is a 2000 film following two Latina cleaners in downtown Los Angeles as they fight for their right to unionize.

Oct. 5 – “Walkout”

Presented by Rebecca Alvarado, “Walkout” is a 2006 TV movie set in 1968 and follows a teacher and his students at a Chicano high school as they protest and resist injustice in the public school system.

Film showings are open to students, faculty and staff.


The Office of Student Leadership and Campus Life will host its annual Hispanic Heritage Month event on Sept. 28. The event will be at 11:30 a.m. in the Retama Room on Heritage Campus.

While some details may be subject to change, the event will include a talk by the coordinator for the Mexican American Studies program, Javier Morin.

Lunch will also be provided to attending students on a first-come, first-served basis.

The office plans for the event to also include the participation of a local artist and dance group. Further details and updates will be provided on the Foghorn News website and social media as they become available.


The center will host local artist Leticia Ernestina Gómez, a Del Mar College alumna, at 11 a.m. Oct. 19.

Gómez will be giving a gallery talk as part of the Creative Works and Artistic Exhibit series. The event will be held in the Coles Building on Heritage Campus.


To officially end cap the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations, the Center for Mexican American Studies will host a lecture by Samantha Rodríguez, professor of humanities and history, on Oct. 26.

The lecture, titled “Forging Race and Gender Power in Houston,” will be at 7 p.m. in Wolfe Recital Hall.

For more information about the upcoming events, contact MAS Coordinator Javier Morin at or 361-698-1582.

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