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Hispanic (Latina/O/X) Heritage Month Student Led Symposium

In recognition of this heritage month, the Latin American and Latin@ Studies Program held a student led forum on October 12, from 5-8 pm at Shepard Hall. The event was co- sponsored by other organizations and supported by our department, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership.

The guest speakers were Lorena Modesto, Ivonne Quiroz, Mercedes Olmsted, Sarah Aponte, and José Pérez.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15 – October 15

 From the Office of Human Resources at City College we have the following list of events for Hispanic Heritage Month. You can also download the flyer by clicking on this link: http://National Hispanic Heritage Month/Latino Heritage Month

 We commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize and pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic-Americans who have positively influenced our nation and inspired others to achieve success. It is also a time to celebrate the traditions and history unique to the Hispanic and Latin cultures. 

The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month is significant because it coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of several Latin American nations—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. These nations declared their independence from Spain 200 years ago on September 15, 1821. 

To follow are some ways to honor and connect with la cultura latina throughout the month and all year long. 

 to learn more. The event is free, but pre-registration is requested. Attend a Virtual Event 

Virtual Pajama Party ~ 9/25 from 8:00pm-9:00pm ET 

Geared toward children ages 8-12 and their families, this online event focuses on the themes of fairness, friendship, civil rights, and persisting through adversity. Participants will read and discuss Sylvia & Aki, an inspiring book based on the true story of civil-rights activist Sylvia Mendez. The program will feature Ms. Mendez and the book’s author, Winnifred Conkling. Click here

Panel Discussion on Children’s and YA Latinx Literature ~ 10/11 @ 6:00pm-7:00pm ET 

Join the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in a virtual celebration of children’s and YA Latin American and Latinx literature. Panelists will share their creative processes, discuss where they find inspiration, and how they address difficult themes. Click here

Homegrown: Cambalache ~ 9/29 from 12:30pm-1:00pm ET 

Enjoy traditional san jarocho through this online performance by Cambalache, a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. The program will premiere on Facebook and YouTube and be available for viewing afterwards on these sites. Click  here to learn more and add the event to your calendar. 

Connect with History and Culture 

The PALABRA Archive 

Featuring original audio recordings of 20th and 21st century Luso-Hispanic poets and writers reading from their works, this archive close to 800 recordings, a portion of which are available here for online streaming. 


The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), based in Long Beach, CA, can be explored from anywhere in the world. Click here to explore the museum’s online exhibitions featuring a wide array of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art. 

Hispanic Heritage @ history.com 

Visit the History Channel Online to learn more about milestones in Hispanic history; the origins of the terms Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, and Chicano; how Sonia Sotomayor saved baseball; and much more! 

Learn How to Latin Dance 


The studio’s renowned instructors teach you how to salsa from the comfort and convenience of your mobile device. Whether you’re a beginner learning the basics, or need to brush up on your skills, the video library contains over 100 videos, with new lessons released each week. Click here to learn more about online classes, and if you’re in the DC-area, check out the physical school

Watch and Learn 

Latino Americans 

This 6-part documentary from PBS chronicles the rich and varied experiences of Latinos who have helped shaped America over the last 500+ years. Click here to view online or download the PBS Video app. 

True Colors 

Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, astronaut Ellen Ochoa, and actor John Leguizamo are a few of the Latinx trailblazers featured in this 8-part docuseries. Each episode takes a closer look at their beginnings, family, friends, struggles and successes. Episodes can be viewed on Peacock, NBC’s free streaming service. While you’re there, check out featured Latino programs as well! 


This Spanish-language streaming service offers an unmatched collection of films and shows. Download the Pantaya app on your mobile device or visit the website to learn more. 

Other suggestions include supporting Latina-owned businesses, learn how to perfect authentic dishes from Peru to Costa Rica alongside Latin American chefs, check out the Billboard Latin Music Awards on Telemundo, or check out the daily Google Doodle spotlighting the Latino experience all month long. 

We also encourage you to check your local listings and community boards for online and in-person events in your area. 

However you choose to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month, we hope all of your celebrations are safe and meaningful. 

The Key Role of Professors and Mentors in Minority-Majority Schools: First Generation Empowerment Workshops

On October 19th, 2021, during Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin American & Latina/o Studies Program (LALS) is continuing to present programming relevant to the Latinx experience. Professor Norma Fuentes-Mayorga has prepared a special talk for our Department, the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Professor Mayorga will be speaking about the key role of Professors and Mentors in Minority-Majority Schools as part of the First Generation Empowerment Workshop. This talk will take place at 12:30pm-1:45pm and the link to register is here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0iytapFKd5V8wmzj5bWQRxr5_kVVY3fJqPbkZW0e6AuE5Mw/viewform

In addition, Dr. Fuentes Mayorga has led a special workshop: “Pigmentocracy: Hispanics, Colorism & the LatinX Generation” which was prepared for Adelante: Hispanic and Latino Professionals & the LatinX Decoded Network, on
September 24, 2021 (12-2pm).

Dr. Fuentes-Mayorga will also be presenting “The US Hispanic Population & The Challenges of Ambiguous Racial Identities” on October 12th, 2021 (2-3pm), prepared for Diageo and Diageo Cares. She is Assistant Professor in Sociology in Latin American and Latina/o Studies.


The Latin American & Latin@ Studies Program at City College of New York welcomes Dr. Juanita Díaz-Cotto

Professor Díaz-Cotto is a professor of Sociology, Women’s Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Area Studies at SUNY Binghamton. Within Latin America and the Caribbean her special areas of interest have been: revolutionary movements, state formation, political economy, peasants, the military, feminist and lesbian-feminist movements, and the African Diaspora. Additional specialties include: Latinas(os) and women of color in the U.S. and the impact of criminal justice system on women and men of color in the U.S. and Latin America. One of Diaz-Cotto’s primary academic and scholarly objectives is to “help students bridge the gap between theory and practice inside and outside the classroom.”

Juanita Díaz-Cotto, also Juanita Ramos

Active in human rights for more than 30 years, she has given lectures and presentations all across the globe.  Díaz-Cotto is the author of Chicana Lives and Criminal Justice, winner of an International Latino Book Award and Foreword Magazine Book Award.  She has published several other books including Gender, Ethnicity and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics, and Compañeras: Latina Lesbians, compiled and edited as Juanita Ramos.

Hispanics in the U.S.:  Migration and Adjustment. LALS 12600  – 3:30 pm-4:45 pm (with Prof. M. Romo-Carmona). To attend this talk on Zoom, contact Prof. Romo-Carmona at mromocarmona@ccny.cuny.edu.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latin@ Studies Program, Iris López, Director.


Latinx/a/o Heritage Month – September-October 2020

Due to the pandemic, this Fall has started out very quietly at City College, with most of our classes in hybrid mode or completely online. Even so, LALS has a full schedule and our courses are running at full capacity. For Latinx Heritage, we have already had guest speakers join our classes on Zoom, and we are making the recordings of the sessions available to students. See our Guest Speakers page.

For the kickoff, LALS was represented by Prof. Norma Fuentes Mayorga, of the Sociology Department.

Have a great semester!