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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 24, 2010

CSU joins the community-at-large in observing and celebrating National Hispanic Month, Wednesday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Oct. 15. Numerous organizations are involved in organizing and sponsoring events, which are free for students, staff, faculty, and community members.

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts on Wednesday, Sept. 15 and continues through Friday, Oct. 15.

National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sept. 15-Oct. 15
Campus and community wide
(Activities scheduled Sept. 14-Nov. 2)

Join us in observing and celebrating National Hispanic Awareness Month, Wednesday, Sept. 15 through Friday, Oct. 15!

All events are free for students, faculty, staff, and community members. There are many events that are great for family and children as well. 

Event information

Tuesday, Sept. 14
3-3:50 p.m.
Education Building, Room 4

Presentation on a study examining Latina experiences in an educational outreach program.  Find out how to support Latina academic achievement. Featuring Antonette Aragon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Education. Event contact: Louise Jennings, Ph.D.,, (970) 491-5425.

Wednesday, Sept. 15
Noon-1:30 p.m.
The Oval

National Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff featuring Fleur de Cana. Event contacts: Rich Salas,, (970) 491-0590, and Amanda Montoya,, (719) 778-5285.

Thursday, Sept. 16
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Front Range Community College
Longs Peak Student Center

In spite of Innocence! An Extraordinary Story of Injustice, Survival, and Hope. Juan Melendez speaks about spending 17 years and 8 months on death row for a crime he did not commit. Event contact: Erin Fink Smith,, (970) 204-8121.

Thursday, Sept. 16
5-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza

El Grito: Celebrando el Orgullo Mexicano (Cry for Independence: Celebrating Mexican Pride). Celebrating Mexico Independence Day with speakers, dancers, band, immigrant tribute, and more. Full event program. Event contact: Mayra Granados, La Raza,, (303) 246-2930.

Fleur de Cana, a salsa band that will perform at CSU on Wednesday, Sept. 15, during the kick-off for National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Saturday, Sept. 18
Noon-5 p.m.
425 10th Street/Romero, Fort Collins

Museo de las Tres Colonias Chili Festival and Neighborhood Block Party. Features music, dance, food in celebration of harvest. 12-5pm. Event contact:, (970) 412-4536.

Saturday, Sept. 18; Monday, Sept. 20
Tuesday, Sept. 21; Thursday, Sept. 23
Saturday, Sept. 25
Poudre River Library

"Martina La Cucarachita Linda," a bilingual puppet show based on a Cuban folktale. Various times and locations (call or see website) Event contact: Irene Romsa,, (970) 221-6680.

Thursday, Sept. 23
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Lory Student Center, El Centro

"Seeking Your Roots through Study Abroad." Event contact: Happy Bennett,

Thursday, Sept. 23
4-6 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 214-216

Panel discussion on the impact of Arizona’s SB 1070. Features panelists Ernesto Sagás, Ph.D., Joon Kim, Ph.D., Philip Cafaro, Ph.D., Steven Shulman, Ph.D. Event contact: Ernesto Sagas,, (970) 491-2571.

Tuesday, Sept. 28
6-7 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 210

"Alcohol & Latinos: Latino Culture is more than Corona and Lime!" Exploring misconceptions of Latinos and alcohol usage. Event contact: Jennifer Nival,

Wednesday, Sept. 29
Noon-1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room

"Struggles and Education in Latina Women Living in the United States," featuring Ph.D. student Nereida Perdigon. Event contact: Guadalupe Salazar,, (970) 491-5722.

Thursday, Sept. 30
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, El Centro

Yo Soy Latina,a play about the empowerment of Latina women, will be performed on Friday, Oct. 1.

At this Shades of CSU official meeting, there will be a discussion of the intersection of ethnic & racial identities in Hispanic culture. Event contact: Canek Phillips,, (512) 879-8599.

Friday, Oct. 1
7 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre

Yo Soy Latina, a play about Latina women empowerment through exploring their identities and experiences. Event contact: Sam Raso, ASCSU and Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority,, (303) 946-5818.

Saturday, Oct. 2
3-4 p.m.
International House
1400 West Elizabeth Street

"Guactoberfest: CSU just got a little bit Greener," guacamole-making contest, tasting, and presentation all wrapped in one! Event contact: Canek Phillips,, (512) 879-8599.

Monday, Oct. 4
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Rooms 224-226

"The Politics of Immigration: What is a ‘Progressive’ Stance on International Labor?" Features presenter Norberto Valdez, Ph.D. Event contact: Norberto Valdez,, (970) 491-3588.

Tuesday, Oct. 5
2-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center, El Centro

Shades of CSU Milkshake Mixer. Interact with multiracial/diverse student and taste ice cream milkshakes. Event contact: Canek Phillips,, (512) 879-8599.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Noon-1 p.m.
Poudre School District
Johannsen Support Services Center Boardroom
2407 LaPorte Avenue

"Lorenzo de Zavala: Poudre School Latina Students Highlights," showcasing achievements of PSD students. Event contact: Norma Huerta-Kelley,, (970) 490-3098.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Northside Aztlan Center
112 E. Willow Street

"Beyond Diversity: Creating Possibilities." Learn how to create a welcoming environment for all cultures. Event contact: Carol Miller,, (970) 689-0226.

CSU will hold its 10th annual Evening of Music and Dance on Oct. 6 as part of the campus celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Wednesday, Oct. 6
7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre

Tenth Annual Evening of Music & Dance, featuring the Manuel Molina Band. This annual event celebrates the diverse aspects of Hispanic culture through music and dance. Event contact: Mai Lee,, (970) 491-8273, and Rich Salas, rsalas@colostateedu, (970) 491-0590.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
6-7:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Rooms 224-226

"Secure Communities or Not?" A panel discussion on secure communities, a new immigration plan, and its impact on people & communities. Event contact: Olga Estrada,, (970) 491-8273.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre

El Centro Su Teatro presents: El Louie and other Post-Pachuco Dreams, a musical play that depicts glory & tragedy of Chicano street life. Based on poems by Jose Montoya–a Chicanco Royal Air Force poet. Event contact: Kevin Flores, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity,, (970) 301-7511.

Thursday, Oct. 14
7:30-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center

"La Revuelta de la Poesía del Pueblo: Poetry Revolt." Poets breaking the chains of oppression through expression. There will be an open mic from 7-7:30 p.m; also special guest slam poet performers. Event contact (contact to sign up for open mic): Olga Estrada,, (970) 491-8273.

Friday, Oct. 15
7-9 p.m.
Northside Aztlan Center
112 E. Willow Street

"Noche de Comida Latina." A cultural night to celebrate Latino tradition through food and dress. Event contact: Guadalupe Salazar,, (970) 491-5722.

Saturday, Oct. 16
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
114 Bristlecone Drive

"Celebrando los Regalos de Nuestra Cultura" ("Celebrating the Gifts of Our Culture"). This event sponsored by the Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment Center features homemade food, music, entertainment, etc. Event contact: Angelica C. Stoll,, (970) 484-2580.

Tuesday, Oct. 19
7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center
North Ballroom

ICONS: Vol. 1 – featuring Jade Esteban Estrada. A musical comedy show chronicling the history of LGBT communities through voices of Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Ellen DeGeneres, & more. Q & A follows. Event contact: Blair Bacon,, (970) 491-8273.

Wednesday, Oct. 20
1:30-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Rooms 203-205

"Assimilation & the 21st Century Latino," featuring Jade Esteban Estrada. Lecture about different kinds of Latinos in the U.S. and responsibilities for the next generation. Event contact: Blair Bacon,, (970) 491-8273.

Friday, Oct. 29
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (exhibit)
6:30-8 p.m. (reception)
Main Library
201 Peterson Street

Day of the Dead Altar exhibit & reception. View altars inspired by Oaxaca, Mexico. Meet the makers during reception. Event contact (contact to enter an altar) Jimena Pena,, (970) 416-2012.

Saturday, Oct. 30
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Main Library
201 Peterson Street

Day of the Dead Altar Exhibit & Celebration. Day to visit altars, enjoy sugar skulls, tamales, music, and more. Event contact: Jimena Pena,, (970) 416-2012.

Monday, Nov. 1
Tuesday, Nov. 2
Various times
Harmony Library Community Room
4616 S. Shields

Day of the Dead Student Altar Exhibit. View altars made by Front Range Community College students. Event contact: Beverly Byer,, (970) 204-8694.

Event sponsors

Multicultural Greek Council; Campus Activities; Poudre School District; School of Education Research Methodology Colloquium; La Raza; Parents Fund; Diversity Grant; Museo de las Tres Colonias; Residence Hall Association; Northside Aztlan Community Center; Rincon de Cuentos; International Programs, Poudre; Department of Ethnic Studies; Shades of CSU; CSU Apartment Life; Housing and Dining Services; CSU Bookstore; Intercultural Community Builders; Forces Empowering All Rights; Community Organizing to Read Empowerment Center; School of Social Work; Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Poudre River Friends of the Library; Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.; United Men of Color; Office of Women's Programs; CSU Events, and City of Fort Collins.

Contact information

For more information about about National Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Rich Slas,, (970) 491-0590; Lupe Salazar,, (970) 491-5722, or Helen Kang,, (970) 491-7232.

Contact: Rich Salas
Phone: (970) 491-0590