¡Viva los Gatos! Campus celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Viva los Gatos! Campus celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

By Andy OberUniversity Communications
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Traditional folklórico dancers and mariachi bands welcomed fans as they entered the gates of Arizona Stadium at the 2019 Hispanic Heritage football game.
Traditional folklórico dancers and mariachi bands welcomed fans as they entered the gates of Arizona Stadium at the 2019 Hispanic Heritage football game.
The Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta begins at 4 p.m. and is free to everyone who has a ticket to the game.
The Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta begins at 4 p.m. and is free to everyone who has a ticket to the game.

Immerse yourself in Hispanic history, food, art and culture with a series of campuswide in-person and virtual events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15-Oct. 15.

The University will again honor its Hispanic community using a cultural logo, first released last year, that features iconography representing music, food and more. The logo is featured on branded merchandise available at the BookStores and on the University's Amazon site. A portion of the sales from both sites will help benefit students through the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center.

Arizona Athletics will be adding content to its Hispanic Heritage webpage and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts throughout the month, including interviews with current student-athletes discussing the impact of former Hispanic student-athletes as well as photos and videos from previous Hispanic Heritage Night football games. Athletics will also use its new Arizona en Español social pages to share content in Spanish.

Some of the events scheduled to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month include:

Webinar – Imagination Will Take You Everywhere | Thursday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m.

David Garcia, associate professor of public health, will discuss his academic and professional journey, including his ups and downs as a student. He will also highlight his work at the University as director of Nostros Comprometidos a Su Salud, a program developed to support research through community service and partnering with underserved Tucson residents. Register here.

Hispanic Heritage Night: Arizona Football vs. Northern Arizona | Saturday, Sept. 18, 4 p.m. (kickoff at 7 p.m.)

The Coca-Cola Fan Fiesta opens inside the Cole and Jeannie Davis Sports Center at 4 p.m. and will include live entertainment from Hispanic musical acts and performers. Fan Fiesta is free to everyone who has a ticket to the game. Mariachi bands will welcome fans as they enter the gates of Arizona Stadium. In-game performances are also planned. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.

Webinar – The Circle of Mentorship: Student to Leader | Tuesday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m.

The audience will gain a greater understanding of the power of mentorship from this presentation by Veronica Vital, clinical assistant professor of nursing. Attendees will hear a testimony of how a student nurse with imposter syndrome was emboldened to overcome adversities and transition to a nurse champion. Register here.

Global Art Showcase: Mes de la Cultura | Wednesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. (Virtual lobby opens at 6:15 p.m.)

Arizona Public Media and the Pima County Public Library present a virtual celebration of Mexican American and Latino art, music and dance with performances by Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson, Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos and Ballet Folklórico Tapatío. You'll get a first look at an "Arizona Illustrated" story about Chicano tile artist Carlos Valenzuela as well as an inside view of the Pima County Public Library's Frank De La Cruz Collection. Performers will take part in a live Q&A. Register here.

AROMAS: Abuelitas(os) Reaching Out to Mentor y Apapachar Students | Thursday, Sept. 23, noon-1:30 p.m.

Enjoy a free and delicious homemade meal cooked with love by abuelitas and abuelitos (grandmothers and grandfathers) from the campus community. Talk to them, ask for their advice and enjoy their delicious food. This is an opportunity to build community with dozens of students, staff and faculty members. This event takes place in the César E. Chávez Building, rooms 205 and 209.

"Soledad" Film Screening and Immigrant Rights Panel | Thursday, Sept. 30, 5:30 p.m.

Join Learning, Understanding and Cultivating Health Advocacy for a film screening and experts panel. Attend virtually or in person (capacity is limited). "Soledad" tells the story of a lonely limousine driver named Victor, who lives an isolated existence until he is forced to protect a customer from being sexually assaulted by her prom date, "a simple act of compassion that sets off a series of events destined to bring back a past for Victor he has fought desperately to get away from," according to IMDb. This free event is open to the public. Register here.

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