SFCC celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15

Entertainment, panels and special events focus on Hispanic culture

Santa Fe Community College will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.  Activities will kick off on Monday, Sept. 17 with a dance performance by Baile Folklorico from noon to 12:30 p.m. and a singing performance by Jovita Enriquez from 12:30 to 1 p.m. All the free events are open to the public and are on the college campus, 6401 Richards Ave.

The month-long celebration will continue with weekly events that will include music performances, cultural panels, a salsa-tasting contest and lectures and discussions by members of SFCC faculty and staff.

A full schedule will be updated weekly at www.sfcc.edu/sfccfiesta

The events are supported by President’s Diversity Advisory Council and the Office of Student Development.

Full schedule is provided below.                    

Sept. 17
Baile Folklorico
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center

Jovita Enriquez
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Campus Center

Sept. 20
Lecture by Carole Chavez Hunt, Chair, World Languages (SFCC)
“The History of New Mexico Spanish and Language Learning Anxiety: Obstacles to Learning a Second or Heritage Language”
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Board Room

Sept. 25
SFCC Student Ambassadors Bilingual Presentation
“The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Latinos in the Land of Opportunity”
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Lecture Hall, Room 216

Sept. 25
SFCC Plant Operations and Management Department Panel Discussion
“Ya No Sabemos si Somos ni de Aquí, ni de Alla”
“We don’t know whether we’re from here or from there”
Mexican SFCC Staff members share their stories of immigrating to NM
(Panel will speak in Spanish with English translation)
1 to 2:15 p.m.
Jemez Rooms

Sept. 27
Lecture by Dr. Hermes Cervantes
“Growing up Spanglish: a Celebration of Language, Culture, and Larry Torres”
Highlights growing up in the Southwest as seen through the humorous writings of Larry Torres, Professor of UNM – Taos and writer for the Santa Fe New Mexican
1 to 2:15 p.m.
Repeated 5 to 6:15 p.m.
Lecture Hall 216

October 2
Lecture by Dr. Steve Martinez, SFCC Assistant Professor, History
“Nuevo Mexicano Veterans of U S Foreign Wars” and “The political life of Nina Otero and Women’s Suffrage”
10:30 a.m. to noon
Board Room

October 3
Home-made Salsa Contest & Salsa Tasting for All
11 a.m. to noon
Courtyard

We encourage everyone to bring your favorite Homemade Salsa! Get all the details.
Salsas will be turned in to Ian Martinez in The President’s office on Tuesday, October 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or on Wednesday, October 3 from 8 to 9 a.m.

  • Participants will need to bring 2 quarts of Homemade Salsa.
  • Participants will need an Ingredients sheet (turn in with Salsa).
  • Salsa will be judged by 5 judges for flavor, heat, and uniqueness.
  • Please contact Ian Martinez if you plan to bring a salsa (RSVP).
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners and prizes will be awarded.
  • Tasting for everyone after judging!

Mariachi Buenaventura
Noon to 1 p.m.
Courtyard

SFCC Culinary Arts Food Truck (food for sale)
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Main College Entrance

Piñata breaking for children
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Courtyard

Display of Mexican/Latino Folk Art
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Courtyard

October 9
Lecture by Dr. Andrew Lovato, SFCC Associate Professor, Communications
“Santa Fe Hispanic Culture”
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Board Room

October 15
Miguel Dominguez, Singer
Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Campus Center

Mauricio Lopez y Aspen Santa Fe Baile Folklorico
12:30 to 1 p.m.
Campus Center

All Month: 9/15 – 10/15:  Hispanic Heritage Month Display in the SFCC Library

Additional events and content: Dr. Andrew Lovato’s Interviews with Senior Citizens re: their Experiences Living in Santa Fe (Link to these interviews will be provided)

TEDxABQ talk by Dr. Andrew Lovato, “The Santa Fe Entrada, History Matters,” Sept. 28, 29


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