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LSC-Kingwood Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Community Events

LSC-Kingwood Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Community EventsLone Star College-Kingwood will be honoring the contributions of Hispanics in America during Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15. During the month-long celebration, the Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Life invite the community to two events.

On Friday, Sept. 26, the college will host a Latino Leadership Summit from 8:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in the Student Conference Center for all interested high school and college students. The conference will include lunch and a keynote address by author and motivational speaker, Anders Lara, “The Cuban Guy.” Lara will share his inspirational personal story and address ways Hispanics and Latinos can move forward and better their lives.

“The purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month is to recognize and celebrate the history, culture, traditions, and contributions of Hispanics in the United States,” said Kristen Wilkes, intercultural program coordinator at LSC-Kingwood.  “The summit is an opportunity to express to high school students the importance of completing a college education and finding motivation to pursue their dreams.”

The conference and lunch are free, however registration is required. To register, visit Latino Leadership Summit.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, the Intercultural Center will host Raul. A. Ramos, associate professor of history at the University of Houston, for a presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ramos will speak on “Tejano Perspectives of the War: New Views of the Texas Revolution,” based on his research of the history of Mexican American communities. Ramos is the author of the award-winning book “Beyond the Alamo: Forging Mexican Ethnicity in San Antonio, 1821-1861," where he examines the roots of Mexican American Identity in San Antonio spanning the Spanish, Mexican and American periods. Ramos has worked in higher education for 11 years and teaches classes on Chicano/Chicana history to 1910, history of the American West, Texas history to 1865 and Texas American history.

According to the Library of Congress, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. For more information, visit National Hispanic Heritage Month.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Kristen Wilkes at Kristen.Wilkes@LoneStar.edu or Tracie Ring at Tracie.L.Ring@LoneStar.edu.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit LoneStar.edu/Kingwood.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Steve Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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Photo cutline:  Lone Star College-Kingwood students ask questions of journalist and TV personality, Art Rascon, during last year’s Latino Leadership Summit.  Pictured, from left, Diane Lara, Ashley Silva, Joe Mendez, Nubia Forero, Jeremy Hernandez, and Ashley Lara.