Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

As a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Department and the Association of Latinos and Allies for Student Success (ALASS), we are thrilled to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our students, faculty, staff, and community.


September 15th
1:00pmTransforming HSI Book ClubJoin us for an interactive book club to understand the framework to help Palomar, an HSI, transform into a space of liberation that promotes racial equity and social justice.LRC-438
September 15th
 3:00pmHilos & Aguas FrescasHilos (threads) are woven together to create beautiful embroidery, historically displayed in the Americas as an art form and still popular today! Style your own traditional, embroidered attire at work and join a lively chat with friends and colleagues as we sip tasty aguas frescas!Clock Tower Lawn        
September 19th
10:00amPies LijerosIn this presentation, Henry Lesperance speaks of the film Pies Lijeros, a film that he helped produce thanks primarily to the financial support of the Secretary of Culture in Mexico (CONACULTA). The film Pies Lijeros has been traduced to South Korean, Italian, German, Slovenian, and English and has been awarded many honorary mentions at different international film festivals across Latin America and Europe. The presentation situates Pies Lijeros within a historical legacy of Latine, Chicanx, and Hispanic filmmaking. Excerpts of the film will be screened during the presentation in order to explore the significance of Native American culture in the forging of Hispanic and Latine Culture in contemporary society. Escondido
September 20th
11:30amCariño Dream Village Grand OpeningCelebrate the grand opening with free food and entertainment, Cariño Dream Village will serve Umoja, Puente, Undocumented, DACA, and Mixed Status Students.Student Union
September 25th
2:30pmLegacies of Chicana and Latina ResistanceThroughout history, Chicanas and Latinas have been at the forefront of social justice movements, but often have gotten little to no recognition. Join Professor Padilla for a lecture on the historical legacies of Chicanas and Latinas in the struggle for civil rights, survival, and resistance. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Professor Padilla about some of the women who form such an important part of the Chicanx and Latinx heritage!MD-221
September 26th
12:00pmMusica en el PatioEnjoy some Latin beats and participate in line dancing Caballo Dorado at 12:45 pm.Student Union
September 27th
11:30amTlaxcalli (Tortillas)Tlaxcalli is the pre-Hispanic name for corn tortillas.  During this session, we will hear a presentation about the history of tortillas followed by a live demonstration on the preparation of a corn tortilla.MD-304
September 28th
2:00pmCCColegas Webinar“Celebrating Hispanic Serving Institutions Leading Nuestra Comunidad“ will spotlight the remarkable contributions of HSIs in shaping and uplifting our Comunidad Latina. Learn about transformational strategies driving positive change and embracing their HSI Identity.Virtual
September 29th              
1:00pmTransforming HSI Book ClubJoin us for an interactive book club to understand the framework to help Palomar, an HSI, transform into a space of liberation that promotes racial equity and social justice. LRC-438
September 29th              
3:00pmWinning TogetherLa Loteria, come take a chance at winning by playing a traditional bingo game that incorporates both Spanish and Mexican culture.  Do you have the best salsa or guacamole? Enter the salsa and guacamole contest and find out!AA-140
October 9th
10:00amMadres y Familias DeportadasJoin Prof. Gomez and Maria Galleta presenting about family separation. Maria Galleta, founded in 2015, Madres and Familias Deportadas Center grew out of relationships with people in the USA who wanted to help families separated by deportation. The organization sought to encourage a more balanced narrative about Mexico’s migration and reduce stigma against people who have been deported to Mexico. Maria Galletas took the initiative to open an information Center in Tijuana for deportees. Most deportees are completely lost once US immigration officers remove them to Tijuana being that is not where many of them originate. Maria’s Center helps migrants during a tough transitional period.MD-103
October 10th
2:30pmSalsa ClassLed by Patriceann Mead and Yuri Mendiola, bring you dancing shoes and experience and introduction to salsa dancing. No experience is necessary.PAC-215
October 12th
1:00pm¡De aquí y de allá!Palomar professionals will share about their indigenous roots as Oaxaqueñas and Oaxaqueños. The presentation and panel will provide an overview on the diversity of indigenous cultures and dealing with multiple identities.MD-157
October 13th 
11:00am – 1:00pmDe ColoresSan Diego Chicana award-winning artist/muralist /instructor Maira Meza will lead an art class and will also include refreshments and book signing. Sponsored by Palomar College CCE/AFT Local 4522.C-1
October 15th
9:00am – 6:00pmROCA Festival LatinoFree event open to the whole community which will be full of Latino culture, performances, music, education, and food.  Organized by ROCA Festival Latino.Parking Lot 9
October 20th
1:00pmTransforming HSI Book ClubJoin us for an interactive book club to understand the framework to help Palomar, an HSI, transform into a space of liberation that promotes racial equity and social justice. LRC-438
Friday and Saturday, October 20th and 21st 5:00pmNoche HavanaExperience the Afro-Cuban/ Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble, Agogo, and the World
Drum and Dance Program. Be a part of an evening of Cuban/Brazilian music and dance.
Doors Open at 5:00 p.m.; Salsa Class begins at 6:00 p.m.; Salsa Band and Open Dance Floor
Starts at 6:30 p.m. Agogo Performance 7:30. Cuban food and appetizers will be served.
Join us for a fabulous evening of Cuban Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, and performances by
Agogo, the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Drum and Dance Ensemble. This evening includes an
open dance floor and live music by a local salsa band. Bring your salsa shoes! Founded and
directed by Patriceann Mead.
Studio Theatre and
Howard Brubeck Courtyard
October 27th
12:00pmCalaveritasJoin us to hear a special presentation about the history and cultural significance of Dia de Los Muertos. Participants will have an opportunity to decorate their own sugar skull. Limited Space
Registration Form
All MonthLibrary DisplayVisit the library to see the displays which highlights works about the history and education of Mexican Americans in the United States, each of the center libraries will have a display to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.LRC
All MonthLibrary DisplayHispanic Heritage Month: Banned Books by Hispanic Authors Display.Esondido Center
All MonthLibrary DisplayPhysical display of books providing an overview of the contribution Mexican Americans have made to American society.Fallbrook Center Library
All MonthLibrary DisplayVirtual library display.Virtual 
All MonthCasa Azul Virtual TourTravel to Coyoacan, Mexico and explore Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul – or Blue House on this intriguing virtual museum tour. On this tour, you can see Frida’s preserved living quarters and the galleries that make up the Frida Kahlo Museum.Virtual
All Month¡Presente! Colonial Legacies ExhibitExplore this virtual exhibit on how Latino History is American History.Virtual

For questions, additional information, or accommodations please email alass@palomar.edu