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Texas A&M-San Antonio celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Texas A&M-San Antonio celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month - The Mesquite Online News - Texas A&M University-San Antonio

The Student Government Association tent at the Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff at Texas A&M University- San Antonio on Sept. 16, 2020. Texas A&M-San Antonio has virtual and in person events scheduled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month including a kite festival and the Women of Color, Women in Power panel. Photo by Amparo R. Polendo

The University Heritage Committee has organized virtual and on-campus events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15-Oct. 15. 

MASA Monday, hosted by the Mexican American Student Association, at noon-1 p.m. Sept. 21 on Webex, will feature Juan Tejeda, a community leader and retired Mexican American Studies and Music professor at Palo Alto College, discussing the Chicano movement. Laurie Ann Guerrero, the poet-in-residence at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, will read her work at another virtual MASA Monday at 6:30 p.m. Sep 28. 

Dr. Alicia Reyes-Barriéntez, assistant professor of political science, will interview female city council members. 11:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m. Sep 22 on Zoom. Later that day, “Let’s Taco ‘bout Voting” is 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Sep 22. at the Student Pavilion. Students can celebrate Voter Registration Day with tacos, loteria and voter registration cards. There are only 10 spots per session; spots can be reserved on JagSync.  

The College of Business will host a Latinx Faculty Panel where faculty members will discuss their Latinx Identity, experiences and the challenges they have overcome. The panel is noon-1:15 p.m. Sep 24 through Zoom. 

The month also includes a Hispanic Heritage Month Student Essay contest for a chance to win up to $500. The deadline for entries is noon Oct. 2. 

Students can also get involved by posting on social media using #mylatinXidentity. 

Dr. Mari Fuentes- Martin, Vice President for Student Success and Engagement, said it is important for students to attend Hispanic Heritage Month events because “it’s about Information about the Hispanic cultures and why it’s important to recognize them.” 

Additional events can be found on the university’s Hispanic Heritage Month webpage

For more information about how to get involved in Hispanic Heritage Month, visit JagSync or contact Fuentes-Martin at 210 784-1354 or vpsse@tamusa.edu.

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Catherine Valdiviez is a communications junior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. She is involved in the South San Antonio community through her employment at Palo Alto College and involvement at A&M-San Antonio. She aspires to share her passion for spreading the importance of proper written and verbal communication skills by becoming a speech and communications teacher.

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