National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to recognize and pay tribute to the histories, cultures and contributions of individuals who came to the U.S. from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. This annual event started as a weeklong celebration under President Lyndon Johnson and then was expanded by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period.
Scottsdale Community College proudly celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through a series of engaging activities for students, faculty, staff and the general public:
View photographs of the people of the Dominican Republic by current student Luisa Maria Martinez Sarita, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 in the SCC Library.
Salsa Dance Instruction
From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 2 and 3, at Two Waters Circle, SCC adjunct dance instructor Bridgette Bogedain provides free salsa dance lessons. Come out and participate or cheer on those students who wish to learn.
Retro Muse with Latinx
The SCC Creative Writing program hosts its open mic event featuring Latinx community and cultural themes from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 3, in the Language and Communications building courtyard. The event is open to all performers. The Student Retro Muse is a favorite place for SCC’s artists to share their writing, music, art, acting, singing and dancing.
Telling Our Stories: Film Screening
SCC is hosting a screening of the documentary “389 Miles: Living the Border” starting at 3 p.m., Oct. 9, in the Language and Communications building (room LC-369). The film addresses the immigration debate on the Arizona-Mexico border by presenting the raw, daily life of the human journey from different backgrounds and ideologies. The use of an unobtrusive camera allows the characters to speak simply, honestly and with dignity about the complex issues of the border.
The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with the film’s director, Dr. Luis Carlos Romero-Davis, and moderated by SCC faculty member Roberto Gudino.
“At SCC, we value inclusiveness because we all benefit by embracing a diversity of voices, viewpoints, and experiences,” said Interim President Chris Haines. “Our College cultivates success when individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds are respected and empowered to contribute.”
All events are sponsored by the Center for Civic & Global Engagement and SCC Information Studies. For more information, phone 480-423-6590.