Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Thursday, Sept. 15, through Saturday, Oct. 15), Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is hosting a variety of cultural events on campus. Most of the events are free and open to the public. 

  • Sept. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff:  Celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month with good food, great entertainment, and prizes at a Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Event on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5-7 p.m. in the University Center Lonestar ballrooms. For more information, contact the Islander Cultural Alliance at ica@tamucc.edu.
  • Sept. 16 – Dr. Hector P. Garcia Panel – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for a panel discussion on the official state holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, local Mexican American civil rights activist. This event will feature Cecilia Garcia Akers and others to discuss the life of her father, Dr. Hector P. Garcia, on Friday, Sept. 16, at noon in University Center Oso room 221. For more information, contact Meredith Melville at meredith.melville@tamucc.edu.
  • Sept. 20-Oct. 15Worry Doll Workshop:  Need a break from classes? Join us from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in University Center Oso room 221 for a Worry Doll Workshop where participants will learn about Guatemalan culture and create their own worry doll. Students who are unable to attend the event can visit the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services (UC room 107) between Sept. 21 and Oct. 15 to make worry dolls, too!  For more information, contact the Islander Cultural Alliance at ica@tamucc.edu

  • Sept. 20 – Campus Conversations: United, Not Divided – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us as we address discuss issues related to the Latinx community and the importance of collaboration between various ethnic groups. Campus Conversations: United Not Divided will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in University Center Lonestar Ballroom C. This lunchtime event will feature students, faculty, and staff.  Dessert will be provided. Campus Conversations is sponsored by the Division of Student Engagement and Success and the Islander Cultural Alliance. For more information, contact the Islander Cultural Alliance at ica@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 20 – Women in Literary Translation: Language Representation for Latinx Writers: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. for Women in Literary Translation: Language Representation for Latinx Writers, a virtual event featuring three literary translators who will share their experiences with language and literature in the United States. Participants will talk about specific works they have translated as well as challenges and opportunities in the field. You can join the event by clicking on this link: https://tamucc.zoom.us/j/92416035249. For more information, contact Dr. Rossy Lima at rossy.lima@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 21 – Cafecito con Consejeras: Mental Wellness & Communidad – In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join the University Counseling Center for cafecito y pan dulce (coffee and Mexican pastries) on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in University Center Lonestar Ballroom C and learn more about mental wellness through community. The Hispanic/LatinX community includes dozens of countries and shares more than just a language. Learn about the strengths and beauty of these diverse peoples and how to incorporate this into your mental wellness. For more information, contact Stephanie Majors at stephanie.majors@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 27-Oct. 2 – Dr. Hector P. Garcia Play: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Theatre & Dance presents the world premiere of a new play about the life and legacy of civil rights icon Dr. Hector P. Garcia from Tuesday, Sept. 27, to Sunday, Oct. 2, in Warren Theater, Center for the Arts. Written by visiting guest artist, professional playwright Iraisa Ann Reilly, the play’s cast features numerous Island University students, and is directed by Assistant Professor Marco Muñoz. The play dramatizes the story of Corpus Christi’s own “Dr. Hector.” You may pass by his statue every day, but how much do you really know about him? He was a veteran and hero to some, a rabblerousing troublemaker to others, and a simple family physician to an entire community. Come and learn about the world-changing events that happened right here in our own back yard. For more information, contact Meredith Melville at meredith.melville@tamucc.edu or visit the Department of Theatre & Dance website for ticketing information. 

  • Sept. 27 – Special Collections and Archives Open House: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, come visit and learn about some unique and vital collections preserved in Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections and Archives on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 1-4 p.m. Explore Hispanic heritage in the Archives and discover our South Texas history. For more information, contact Trisha Hernandez at patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 29 – Book Talk: After the Blessing: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for reading and discussion with local author Esther Bonilla Read on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 3-4 p.m. in University Center Oso room 221. Bonilla Read will share excerpts from her latest book, After the Blessing, which is a collection of interviews with Mexican American Veterans of World War II. In earnest testimony, these men describe their lives both home and abroad, capturing a slice of Americana rarely explored. From their humble beginnings in Texas to the fighting fields of Europe and the Pacific Islands, these are the stories of a people who responded to the call to defend their country. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 4 – Hispanic Heritage Month Poetry Reading: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, join us as we welcome back two of our favorite poets – Dr. Javier Villarreal and Mr. Juan M. Perez - on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 2-3 p.m. in Mary and Jeff Bell Library for a poetry reading. The two poets will read in both English and Spanish from their latest works.  This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 5 - Plática con Taylor Carmona of Pomegranate Vision: The Hispanic Heritage Month Committee at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to host a discussion with alumna, Taylor Carmona ’16, on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 2-3 p.m. in University Center Oso room 221. Taylor is a writer, artist, filmmaker, and founder of the film collective, Pomegranate Vision. Join us for a discussion of Taylor’s work and the importance of decolonizing representation in film, media, and literature. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 6 - Latinx Matrix: Latinx Matrix is a panel presenting artists who utilize printmaking, print-related, and multimedia formats, such as performance, film, social media, etc., to disseminate diverse ideas and perspectives. Their personal stories and creative works will provide inspiration and discussion for Islander students and faculty, attendees from the state of Texas, and beyond. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 2-3:30 p.m. in University Center Oso room 221. In addition to HHM programming, this panel is featured as part of the Oso Bay Biennial XXII Printmaking Symposium. A complete list of events can be found here - Oso Bay Biennial. For more information, contact Ryan O'Malley at ryan.omalley@tamucc.edu. 

  • Oct. 6 – Food, Family, and Friends: In the Kitchen with Vianney Rodriguez: Direct from the Bell Library’s break room kitchen, award-winning South Texas food blogger Vianney Rodriguez will make some simple, easy-to-recreate dishes and share samples with the audience during “Family, Food, and Friends: In the Kitchen with Vianney Rodriguez.” Rodriguez will also speak to the importance of the three Fs in the Hispanic culture and how pivotal the act of cooking in the kitchen and feasting together is to many Hispanic families. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 6, from 6-7 p.m. in Mary and Jeff Bell Library for great food, great stories, and great fun! Audience members will also have a chance to win a copy of Vianney’s latest cookbook. For more information, contact Andrea Montalvo-Hamid at andrea.montalvo@tamucc.edu or Trisha Hernandez at patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 6 – Late Night Lotería: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Islander Cultural Alliance and Islanders Teaching Engaging and Motivating (I-TEAM) will host a big game of Lotería on Wednesday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. in the University Center Anchor ballrooms. The UC will remain open until midnight while Islanders compete in several games of Loteria (a Mexican game similar to Bingo)!  Enjoy, friends, music, and competing for great prizes, including Apple AirPods, Alexa devices, and air fryers, to name a few. For more information, contact the Islander Cultural Alliance at ica@tamucc.edu

  • Oct. 6-8 – Bailando International Dance Festival: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the Coastal Bend community is invited to enjoy a full weekend event featuring evening dance concerts and master classes in a variety of dance styles. The Bailando International Dance Festival will be held Oct. 6-8 in the Performing Arts Center and other locations at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Master classes will be held during the day, and evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact River Thompson at ccbailando@gmail.com or visit the website, CCBailando.com.

  • Oct. 11 – Mariachi & Folkórico Showcase: The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Department of Music invites the public to celebrate the pageantry and beauty of the music of the Mariachi de la Isla and the traditional dances of Alcorta's Compañía de Danza Folklórica as they celebrate 25 years of dance instruction and performances. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center for an evening of beautiful and traditional mariachi music and Folkórico dances that are sure to please everyone. This event is free and open to the public and is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, contact Rai Morales at rai.morales@tamucc.edu.

  • Oct. 13 – ICA Movie Night:  The Islander Cultural Alliance invites students, faculty, and staff to join us for a Movie Night on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in University Center Anchor Ballroom D. We will screen In the Heights to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and we hope to see you there! For more information, contact the Islander Cultural Alliance at ica@tamucc.edu

  • Nov. 4 – M5 Mexican Brass: M5 is Mexico’s foremost brass quintet: breaking the barriers of brass music genres as they take the blues to the opera and Bach to the back roads of Mexico. Playing everything from memory, M5 mixes classical, contemporary, folk, film, and pops arrangements into concerts that merge chamber music with showmanship, costumes, lights, audience interaction and an irrepressible Latin American charm. M5 is unexpected, surprising, virtuosic, and always entertaining. Join us for this Furgason BRAVO! Series event on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $15 to $20. For more information on this event, email tamuccpac@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month on social media: The Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will join the campus wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrating through our social media channels, @TAMUCCLibrary. Join us for trivia, fun facts, celebrations, local history, and more. For more information, contact Trisha Hernandez at patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.

  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15 – Hispanic Heritage Month resources @ your library: In an ongoing effort to provide resources that celebrate and bring awareness to diverse communities represented on this campus and in our world, the Mary and Jeff Bell Library has created a Social Justice Resources: Latino/a/x Online Guide. The guide offers access to books, journals, databases, teaching resources, and much more. Also, be sure to stop by the library for our book and coloring pages display. For more information, contact Trisha Hernandez at patricia.hernandez@tamucc.edu.