TCC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

All five TCC campuses  are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. On Friday and Saturday, the Trinity River Campus faculty, staff and students are participating in Musicarte, a celebration of Latino culture and its influence on today’s culture, hosted by the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the City of Fort Worth, downtown in Sundance Square. TR Director of Student Development Michael Baumgardner, Associate Art Professor Angel Fernandez and Coordinator of Community Outreach Angel Garcia head up TR’s participation. On Oct. 15, TR Vice President of Continuing Education Robert Munoz will facilitate a panel discussion, “The Status of Latinos in Fort Worth: Challenges and Opportunities,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in the Energy Room on the fourth floor of the Trinity Building.

The Northwest Campus Hispanic Heritage Cultural Event is Tuesday, Oct. 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the student center, WSTU 1303-05 with  Alejandro del Carmen, chair and associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at The University of Texas at Arlington, speaking. The former interim director and research associate in the UTA’s Center for Mexican-American Studies, recently published a book, “Racial Profiling in America.”

On South Campus, the “Hispanic American Firsts in U.S. Government” exhibit highlighting the first Hispanics to be elected or appointed to a federal level  is on display until Oct. 15 in the Jenkins Garrett Library. A section of the exhibit focuses on recently appointed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Library Manager Bern Sullivan created the display.

Northeast Campus celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 29 with performances by the Dancers of Folklorico Ollimpaxqiu Ballet Company and El Trio of Mariachi Band. Sociology Instructor Blanca Leticia Pizana de Esparza was the host for the event sponsored by Student Activities, the Organization of Latin American Students and the World Affairs Campus Council.

A Mexican Independence Day Celebration was held at Southeast Sept. 16, the day Mexico declared its independence from Spain in 1810. The speaker was del Carmen and entertainment was by Mariachi Estampos de Mexico.