CSUF Celebrating Chicano/Latino Heritage Month

University Sponsors Public Events Sept. 21-Oct. 17

What:  Cal State Fullerton is celebrating Chicano/Latino Heritage Month with various free events open to the public.

When:  Sept. 21-Oct. 17

Where:  Titan Student Union, plus additional venues at Cal State Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton 92831

Why:  “The vision for Chicano/Latino Heritage Month is to make an impact, promote cultural diversity and show an array of what makes up Chicanos and Latinos,” said Eliza Ramirez, a political science and women’s studies major and president of Mesa Cooperativa, an umbrella organization of 14 Cal State Fullerton Chicano/Latino student groups.


Sept. 21  7-9 p.m. — Screening of film “Sin Nombre” in University Hall, Room 205

Sept. 27 Noon-2 p.m. — Mariachi performance and lecture on “History of the Mariachi” in the Titan Student Union’s Titan Theatre

Sept. 28 6-9 p.m. — A panel of Latinas who are pursuing their graduate degrees or recently earned them will share their experiences. University Hall, Room 252

Sept. 29  2-5 p.m. — Cultural art exhibit featuring the work of artists Jose Lozano, Robert Refugio, Aydee Lopez Martinez, Imelda Zapata and Damien Montano, will discuss their work. Titan Student Union

Oct. 1 Noon-1 p.m. — Cal State Fullerton’s Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association presents “Pachanga at Noon.” Academic Senate Chambers, Titan Shops. Joseph M. Cervantes, professor of counseling and president of the university's Chicano/Latino Faculty and Staff Association, will deliver a talk on racial profiling and immigration. Cervantes is a diplomat in clinical psychology, a licensed psychologist and a child, adolescent and family therapist who has taught and supervised clinical work in a variety of university, hospital and medical school settings. His research interests include developing effective and therapeutic models with culturally diverse populations, understanding the role of spirituality in clinical practice and community consultation.

Oct. 5 6-9 p.m. — Latin American dance workshop featuring Ballet Folklorico de CSUF and the university’s Salsa Club.

Oct. 12 11 a.m.-noon — Third annual Chalk Mural Contest hosted by Ballet Folkolorico de CSUF in the Quad. Campus clubs will compete; winners announced at noon.

Oct. 12 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m. — Dia de la Raza celebration featuring performance artist Maria Elena Ramirez. She will perform and speak about colonialism, political ideologies, and the importance of culture. Portola Pavilion, Titan Student Union

Oct. 13 1-3 p.m. — Latina authors Sandra Lopez and Jamie Martinez Wood will read excerpts from their books, discuss them and sign them in Alvarado Room of the Titan Student Union.

Oct. 14 4-6 p.m. — “A Look at Our Heritage With Sylvia Mendez.” Mendez is the daughter of Gonzalo and Felicitas Mendez, who fought for their daughter’s right to an equal education in local public schools. Their efforts led to the landmark court case of Mendez v. Westminster. Mendez will discuss the case’s political and civil rights significance. Titan Student Union, Portola Pavilion

Through Oct. 17 — “Detras de las Cortinas,” an exhibit of the works of noted Latino artists, at Cal State Fullerton’s Grand Central Art Center, 125 N. Broadway, Santa Ana, 92701.

Information:  657-278-3928

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