CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Date: 09-01-2015

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

California State University, Chico once again celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with important discussions and meetings along with music, dance and a new movie screening.

First observed under President Lyndon Johnson and later expanded under President Ronald Reagan, National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino/Latina Americans. The dates of Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 for the annual observation were highlighted in part because Sept. 15 is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Events this year include another LEAD (Leaders Educating for the Advancement of Dreamers) Conference: “Dreaming Without Boundaries”; Brazilian music at the Chico World Music Festival; and a discussion about CSU, Chico becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution.

On Sept. 9, filmmaker John J. Valadez will screen his new documentary “The Head of Joaquin Murrieta.” The film is an irreverent, entertaining and disturbing account of the legendary outlaw’s life and demise, including the filmmaker’s efforts over many years searching for Murrieta’s remains. The documentary also shines a light on a long-ignored part of history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the West.

Hispanic Heritage Month activities are sponsored by the Chicano Latino Council, the Office of the President and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Below is a listing of Hispanic Heritage Month events:

September 4

DREAM Welcome Reception

2 p.m. at Selvester’s Café by the Creek

September 9

“The Head of Joaquin Murrieta”

John J. Valadez (speaker and filmmaker)

2:30-3:30 p.m. reception at Colusa Hall

3:30-5 p.m. at Colusa Hall

September 12

Chico World Music Festival, featuring

Kátia Moraes & Brazilian Hearts! Brazilian singer, songwriter, and passionate performer.

Laxson Stage noon-1 p.m.

Sycamore Stage 3-4 p.m.

Mi Escuelita Maya Children’s Play

Kids Stage: 2-2:30 p.m.

Ballet Folklorico de Chico Traditional Mexican Folk Dance

2:30-3 p.m. at the Kids Stage:

September 17


Chicano/Latino Council

3:30 p.m. in Colusa Hall

September 23

HSI: What it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution

University Diversity Council

Noon in BMU 210

September 25

LEAD Conference: Dreaming Without Boundaries

BMU Auditorium 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

October 8

Taking another look at the Oaxacan landscapes

Scott Brady

3:30-5 p.m. Selvester’s Cafe

If you require an accommodation in order to participate in one of these events or have questions about accessibility, please contact the CSU, Chico Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959 seven days prior to the event date.