Latinx Heritage Month
Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) is a celebration and recognition of the many achievements and contributions of the Latinx community. The term “Latinx” is a gender-neutral alternative to Latina and Latino that includes nonbinary and non-gender conforming folks in the community.
Although the month is recognized nationally as “Hispanic Heritage Month” we choose to highlight and focus on the Latinx community from Mexico, Central and South America as well as some Caribbean countries. The term “Hispanic” was coined by Richard Nixon in an attempt to unify Spanish speaking countries, but did not consider how that highlights the colonization of the Americas by identifying a group with the language of their colonizer (Spain). In this, it also excludes Latin American countries like Brazil, whose official language is Portuguese, and erases the hundreds of indigenous groups throughout Latin America who have preserved their native languages.
Word of the Month
Afro-Latinx: Descendants of Latin America with significantly or mainly African roots.
In 2016, the Pew Research Center found that 1 in 4 Latin-Americans in the United States identify as Afro-Latinx. Afro-Latinx is a relatively new term that for many, brings visibility to a shared experience rooting from their visible Blackness. Because of their physical attributes (darker skin tones, certain hair textures, etc.), they are not awarded the same privileges as lighter-skin Latinx. In fact, their experiences are more akin to the systemic racism and struggles of African-Americans.
Article: Afro-Latinx Voices: Finding Acceptance on a College Campus — Three Afro-Latinas explore identity and biculturalism as it affects their college experience.
Honoring Indigenous Peoples Day (Monday, October 12, 2020)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a recognition of the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States of America. The Taínos were the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, inhabiting present-day Latin American countries like Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. When Christopher Columbus landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, the Taíno people were the first indigenous group that the Europeans encountered. Today, and every day, we acknowledge their histories and continue the fight in strengthening and preserving the sovereign rights of indigenous communities throughout the world.
Equity Events and Programs
Lotería: Virtual Game Night
Monday, September 21 | 4 - 5 pm | Registration Required
Ni de aquí, ni de allá: The Enye (ñ) Experience
Thursday, October 8 | 3 - 4:30 pm | Registration Required
Friday, September 18 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Registration Required
Friday, October 9 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Registration Required
Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC): Thriving Not Surviving: Navigating Higher Education
Friday, September 25 | 11 am - 12:30 pm | Registration Required
Wednesday, October 7 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm | Registration Required
Latina Leadership Network (LLN)
The Latina Leadership Network of the California Community Colleges aims to empower Latina women through various stages of their educational and/or professional journeys, to seek leadership roles in their campus communities; and to advocate for current and future generations of mujeres in higher education. This is open to staff, faculty, and students. For more information, please email Lisseth Murillo or Zoraida Quiroz
Save the Date: Undocumented Student Action Week
October 19-23, 2020.
More details to follow.
Access Anytime: Art, Culture, Learning and More
Latinx Related IVC Courses
- ETHN 10 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies
- HIST 23 – History of California
- HIST 30 – History of Ethnicity and Culture in the United States
- HIST 33 – The History of the Mexican American People
- SOC 20 – Race and Ethnic Group Relations
- LIT 46 – Ethnicity and Literature of the United States
- COMM 9 – Intercultural Communication
- HLTH 6 – Health and Social Justice
Community Resources & Businesses to Support