Higher education and its challenges for students and families is the theme for Lone Star College-Kingwood’s annual Hispanic Heritage Month.
During this time, the college’s Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Life will promote the importance of higher education to all students especially to those in the Hispanic community. This charge kicks off with the college’s first Dia de La Familia event on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Student Conference Center (SCC). This event will feature general information, games, raffles and food.
“This fun event will sponsor information sessions that include the college admissions process, financial aid, a first-generation student perspective and the Dream Act,” said Kristen Wilkes, coordinator of the Intercultural Center. “There will also be fun activities for the entire family.”
In addition to Dia de La Familia, the heritage month will also feature keynote speaker Dr. Guadalupe San Miguel on Sept. 16. A professor at the University of Houston, San Miguel will speak to students, employees and the community on “More than Simply Contestation: Lessons Learned from Community Struggles for Education” at 7 p.m. in the SCC. San Miguel is a scholar of U.S. history who specializes in Mexican American Education. Much of his research has focused on the impact of politics, culture and language on the education of Mexican Americans. He was president of the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies, has served on the board of directors for the Institute for the History of Texas Music at Southwestern Texas State University, and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Latinos and Education.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is a wonderful time of year when we make a conscientious effort to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who have ancestral ties to Spain, Mexico and other parts of Latin America,” said Dr. Cassandra Rincones, history professor at LSC-Kingwood. “For many, it is a time to introduce these histories to people, in particular the younger generation, who may not be aware of the major contributions Latinos have made to our country.”
Students, faculty, staff and the community are also invited to a film screening and discussion of “The Head of Joaquin Murietta” with John Valadez on Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the SCC. Valadez is a Peabody Award winning filmmaker (two Emmy nominations) who has written and directed 11 nationally broadcast documentary films for PBS and CNN in the past 18 years. His films have tackled such diverse subjects such as Latino gangs in Chicago, the history of Chicano music, segregation in America’s schools, the history and impact of Latino civil rights on American society and more.
“Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportune way for LSC-Kingwood students to grow in cultural awareness through engaging experiences outside of the classroom. As a college, we celebrate Hispanic Americans, their accomplishments and their contributions to our nation,” said Lisa Hill, clubs and organizations coordinator for the Office of Student Life. “We look to strengthen our global connection through ethnic dance, music, cuisine, festivities, testimonies and educational dialogue with members of the greater community.”
The student club, Sin Fronteras, and the Intercultural Center will host a Brown Bag Lunch Series on the “Latino Student Perspective” on Sept. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the SCC room 234. The Hispanic Heritage Month will officially end with a Closing Ceremony Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Activities Center.
Hispanic Heritage month is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, a time period in which seven countries celebrate its independence: Chile, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. For more information on Dia de La Familia or on other heritage month activities and events, email Kristen.A.Wilkes@LoneStar.edu or Tracie.L.Kamenoff@LoneStar.edu.
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