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Latino Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. The week-long celebration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15.

Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. In addition, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is Oct. 12, falling within the celebration month.

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration started in 2005 by the director of Multicultural Affairs and a group of students. Since its inception, the annual, University-wide celebration has featured a number of prominent speakers, including Rigoberta Menchu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Cesar Gaviria, the former president of Colombia; and Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

2014 Latino Heritage Month Celebration

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration will feature a performance of Ballet Folklorico and "Los Tres Musicos," soccer tailgate parties,
a film, a MEChA reunion and other special events.


Latino/a Heritage Month Kickoff  Luncheon and Mexico's Independence Day celebration 
9/16 - 11:45 am - 1:00pm in the Presidents Room. (Free/Gratis)

Ballet Folklorico

Voces de Nuestros Antepasados (Voices of our Ancestors)

9/20 - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in Faye Spanos Concert Hall 
Mexican Ballet Folklórico de Frank Zapata, Los Danzantes del Pacifico, Danza Azteca Yolotl Tonanzin and Stockton Harmony. Tickets available at the door are $10 for adults; $5 for children; free for Pacific students with ID. 

women's soccerWomen's Soccer Game Tailgate Party
9/21 - Noon - 1:00 p.m. at Raymond Lodge  
Show your support for the women's soccer team and join us to cheer them on at the game at 1:00 p.m.
on Knoles Lawn. (Free/Gratis) 


Film: "La Bestia"  

9/25 — 8:00 p.m. in the Janet Leight Theathre
This new documentary "La Bestia examines the plight of Central American migrants during their dangerous journey across Mexico to the United States.  Introduction and discussion after the film with Pacific Professor Dr. Traci Roberts-Camps. (Free/Gratis)

Men's Soccer Kickoff Tailgate Party
9/27 - 5:00 p.m. on the parking lot adjacent to Knoles Field 
Celebrate the return of men's soccer to Pacific at the first regular season home game and then stay to watch
the game at 7:00 p.m on Knoles Lawn.(Free/Gratis)


  Raquel Aldana 

Educational Forum on Children at the Border  

10/1 - 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Grace Covell Hall
Hear information about what is happening at the border with unaccompanied minors from Central America, with guest speaker Raquel Aldana, director of the Inter-American Program at Pacific McGeorge School of Law. (Free/Gratis)

University of the Pacific Preview Day 
10/11 - 8:00 a.m. in Alex G. Spanos Center
Prospective students and their families learn about studying at Pacific, with financial aid information, tours and more.  
Find out more or register to attend at http://go.Pacific.edu/PreviewDay .

   Homecoming University of the Pacific Homecoming Weekend 2014   

10/17-19 - Various Locations
And exciting weekend of events for everyone: Homecoming Parade, Tiger Rally: United We Roar, and more. Visit Pacific.edu/Homecoming for information and registration.

Latino Outreach and Latin American Studies Open House
10/17 - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Raymond Lodge

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanos de Aztlan (MEChA) Reunion
10/17 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Raymond Lodge

Noche de Música featuring Los Tres Músicos

10/18 - 8:00-10:00pm in the Bechtel Center 
Returning for their third Stockton appearance, the LA-based trio, Los Tres Músicos, performs folk and popular music from all corners of the Spanish speaking world. The group gives short narrative introductions to many of the songs, provides lyrics so that the audience can sing along, encourages participation and takes song requests. The Noche de Música is a celebration of Latin culture for students, staff, alumni and the local community.

Sept. 15 - Oct. 15

Works by and about the Latino community will be showcased at the University Library. 

SAVE THE DATE: Special guest Matt de la Peña on Nov. 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Don't miss any of these wonderful opportunities to celebrate Latino Heritage and Culture.

Download the 2014 Latino Heritage Month Flyer

Check out Latino Heritage Month Events at Calendar.Pacific.edu

For more information call the Latina/o Community Outreach Office in Raymond Lodge at 209.946.7705.

The 2014 Latino Heritage Month Celebration is sponsored by: University of the Pacific, Latino Community Outreach, Latin American Studies Program, Modern Languages, Pacific Arts & Lectures Committee, Familia Latina de Pacific, Multicultural Affairs, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, LULAC, M.E.Ch.A, SHPE, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc, ASuop, the University Library and McGeorge School of Law Inter-American Program.