Wednesday, September 7, 2011

PC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month Beginning Sept. 15

(Phoenix, Ariz., Sept. 7) – Phoenix College Student Life and Leadership has coordinated a series of events and activities commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month as part of its commitment to celebrating campus diversity at the flagship college of Maricopa Community Colleges.

The events kick off on Sept. 15 when the Mexican Consulate comes to Sophomore Square at the main campus for the traditional ‘Grito de Independencia’ (The Cry of Independence). The ceremony and accompanying activities will take place between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The event also will feature dancing by Ballet Folklorico Ollin Yoliztli, music from a mariachi group from South Mountain Community College and guitar music from two PC students.

PC’s own Trino Sandoval, Professor of Spanish, will emcee the event and PC President Anna Solley, Ed.D., will serve as the Madrina (Matron of Honor) for the ceremony.

“Inclusivity and celebrating cultures is a big part of the PC experience,” said Genesis Toole, Director of Student Life and Leadership. “Being in the heart of Phoenix, what better place to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.”

Many of the planned activities are geared to sharing Latino cultural traditions, such as a piñata and flower making workshop on Sept. 20; tortilla-making workshop on Oct. 4; and a noon-time talk from the Honorable Raul H. Castro, the only Arizona governor (1975-77) of Mexican-American descent, on Oct. 12 in Bulpitt Auditorium.

Other activities include a Hispanic Cultural Market on Oct. 5, HispaModa 2011, a student fashion show Oct. 6 in Bulpitt Auditorium, and a closing Hispanic Heritage Fair Oct. 13 in Sophomore Square Plaza. The latter will include a salsa (food) competition.

All events and activities are free and open to the public. Students from other educational institutions are welcome to attend any event.

Phoenix College is a Hispanic Serving Institution. To be an HSI, more than 25 percent of an educational institution’s full-time enrolled students must be of Hispanic ancestry.

To view a calendar of events for the celebration, click here.


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