Hispanic Heritage Month at TAMU-CC Includes in Person, Online, and Hybrid Events

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – From entertainment, panel discussions, writing workshops, and cooking presentations, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 with more than 30 days of in-person, virtual, and hybrid events. Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to showcase and celebrate the vivid rich culture and history of Hispanic and Latinx communities in the area.

The Islander Cultural Alliance, a student-run cultural awareness organization, and the faculty-based Hispanic Heritage Month Committee, along with support from other campus departments and organizations will host 25 events between Sept. 15 and Oct. 25, a vast majority which are free and open to the public.

“The in-person events are especially important for students, who are away from home, so they can make connections with other students and feel welcomed at the Island University,” said Andrea Montalvo-Hamid, Professional Assistant Professor of English, First-Year Writing Program Coordinator, and Hispanic Heritage Month Coordinator. “As someone who was born and raised in Corpus Christi, I found it important to plan a mix of academic and community appealing events. We cannot thrive without community support, and it should be our mission to reach out to the public.”

The celebration’s signature events include the following:

  • HHM Kickoff: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, in University Center’s Anchor ballrooms
  • Campus Conversations: Critical Race Theory & The Latinx Community, noon on Tuesday, Sept. 21, in University Center’s Lonestar Ballroom
  • Plática con Sew Bonita! featuring alumna Elena Flores ’03,’07 starting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, on Zoom
  • Cooking with Vianney Rodriguez, an award-winning food blogger and author, starting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, on Zoom
  • Mariachi & Folklórico Showcase: 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, in Performing Arts Center

Hispanic Heritage Month has been nationally celebrated since 1988 when President Ronald Regan turned President Lyndon Johnson’s HHM weeklong celebration into a monthlong celebration. Sept.15 is a significant date because it’s noted as the anniversary of independence for Latin America countries.

For more information on Hispanic Heritage Month at TAMU-CC, visit hispanicheritagemonth.tamucc.edu.