College of DuPage celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Kicking off its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, College of DuPage invites students, staff, faculty and community members to reflect on the various contributions Hispanics and Latino Americans have made in the past and will continue to make in the future.
Sponsored by the College's Latino Outreach Center, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Student Life, the celebration will include a variety of activities and events celebrating Hispanic art, music and culture.
In addition, each weekday COD's Hispanic Heritage Month's webpage will post a variety of images, exploring powerful stories from past to present day.
A welcome video features COD students, Provost Dr. Mark Curtis-Chávez, and Student Affairs Assistant Provost Diana Del Rosarioe recognizing "Esperanza," the hope discovered in the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Hispanic Heritage Month events include:
• Join the Latin American Studies Committee in a review of relevant literature that informs the diverse narrative of the Latin, Latino, Latina and Latinx perspective at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, via Zoom.
Explore how Latin music has become an economic and cultural powerhouse of the modern music business in America and worldwide at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in the Student Resource Center, Room 2032, and via Zoom.
• Learn about the various opportunities to live and study abroad in Madrid, Spain, or San Jose, Costa Rica at an open house at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in the Student Resource Center, Second Floor Corridor.
• Join other community colleges for an impactful event about the Afro/Black Latinx people featuring Rosa Alicia Clemente, a community organizer, producer, independent journalist and activist at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, via Zoom. Clemente will share her experiences affirming her racial and political Blackness as an Afro/Black Puerto Rican woman and her works that uplift movements inclusive of the Black Diasporic people.
• Listen to entrepreneur, community delegate, women's advocate and educator Claudia Arroyo discuss her passion for education at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in the Student Services Center, Room 3245.
• Featuring COD Culinary instructors, share an interactive at-home experience and learn how Hispanic cuisine has impacted culinary diversity in America at noon Thursday, Oct. 14, via Zoom.
• Join students from the Community College Initiative program as they provide a perspective on the impact that Hispanic heritage has on other countries at noon Thursday, Oct. 14, in the Student Services Center Atrium.
• COD students are invited to submit an essay, a story, a piece of art or music, a poem or any other form of expression as part of the annual Hispanic Heritage Month Expressions competition. The top four submittals will be notified on Friday, Oct. 29, and each will receive a $500 award. Submittals are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.
For information, contact the Latino Outreach Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (630) 942-3039.