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Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at JCCC starts Sept. 17
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — The 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Johnson County Community College will take participants on a journey through arts and culture.
Hispanic Heritage Month will kick off with Celebración de Culturas from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in the west lobby of the Student Center on the JCCC campus. Students will come together to share their culture through song, dance, dress and more. Musician Pablo Sanhueza will be on hand to perform jazz music as well.
Immigration attorneys Alejandro Solorio, Suzanne Gladney and Roberta Farrell will host a panel discussion regarding President Barack Obama’s recent announcement regarding immigration and its impact upon undocumented students. The discussion will run from 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in room 319 of the Commons building on campus.
Comedian Erik Rivera, the official spokesperson for the 2011 American Latino Media Arts Awards and winner of the Diamonds in the Rough Award during the 2007 Latino Laugh Festival, will share his unique brand of comedy with students at noon Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Craig Community Auditorium, room 233 of the General Education Building on campus.
Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, JCCC will host Hispanic Youth Day, which will bring Hispanic students from the Kansas City metropolitan area to campus to learn about the college. As part of the day, musician Javier Mendoza and the band Making Movies will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Commons Plaza on campus.
Fans of Zumba will be able to exercise from 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Oct. 3, in room 322 of the Commons Building on campus. The Zumba class is open to all skill levels.
Also on Oct. 3, a video and discussion session is planned from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in room 319 of the Commons building. Rudy Padilla, commander of the Kansas City Metro Chapter of the GI Forum of the United States, will present a 20-minute segment of the video “Heroes Hispanos” and lead discussion afterward.
As part of the celebration, Kusi Taki will introduce students to music and culture of Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru and Chile through workshops running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. The group will perform for the community at 7 p.m. in the Polsky Theatre of the Carlsen Center, taking them on a musical journey through the Andes Mountain range. Tickets for the performance are $5 and can be purchased at the JCCC Box Office.
Students also will have an opportunity to enhance their creative writing skills through a series of workshops hosted by the Latinos Writers Collective and by author and poet Linda Rodriguez. The Latino Voices Workshop, which will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in room 270 of the Regnier Center on campus, brings together community leaders, artists, students and professionals to teach students to find their voice. The next day, Rodriguez will visit classes to reach out to students and help improve their writing skills. Honors students from Cristo Rey will also attend the workshops both days.
Musician Pablo Sanhueza will host a dance class from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, for students to learn moves for dances including salsa and the bachata.
Hispanic Heritage Month is sponsored by the Promotores Committee, JCCC Performing Arts Series, admissions, Campus Activities Board, Center for Student Involvement, International and Immigrant Student Services, Latinos United Now and Always and Amigos sin Fronteras.
For more information, contact Mindy Kinnaman, manager of student life and leadership development, email or by calling 913-469-3534.
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