(Sept. 15, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is celebrating the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latinx Americans with a series of special events during National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
UTSA’s roots are deeply planted in the Hispanic culture. More than 51 percent of students classify themselves as Hispanic at UTSA, which is recognized as one of America’s top universities for Hispanic student enrollment by Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education magazine.
The community is invited to join the UTSA Mexican American Studies Program, Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, Consortium for Social Transformation, African American Studies Program and Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at events celebrating the achievements and contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made in Texas, across the nation and at UTSA.
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans with a variety of fun activities. Selena Tribute Band Bidi Bidi Banda will perform. Also, enjoy performances by the Latin Dance Society, Ballet Folkorico de UTSA and Multicultural Greek Council.
Perfect Picadillo Empanadas
Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Recreation Wellness Center Demo Kitchen, Main Campus
As part of the International Cooking Series, the experts in the UTSA Demo Kitchen will show you how to make this stuffed bread Latin dish. Register for this cooking demo here.
Museum Day Live! 2017
Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
On this special Smithsonian’s free admission day, the institute will feature a performance from Eva Ybarra, the “Queen of the Accordion.” Manuel Medrano will premiere a documentary on Ybarra’s career. Two people receive free admission with a voucher available here.
Loteria GX Challenge
Monday, Oct. 2 – Friday, Oct. 13
Campus Recreation Center, Main Campus
Pick up a Loteria card at any group exercise class at the Recreation Center. Between October 2 and 13, participants will be asked to bring their Loteria card and get it completed as they come to classes of different formats. Once complete, they will win a prize. Learn more by visiting the UTSA Campus Rec website.
Cultural Afromestizaje Symposium: Breaking Borders: DJs, Beat Makers, and Black and Brown Sounds
Thursday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
University Center Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The sixth annual symposium will feature scholars, a local DJ and artists who will map and engage in conversations on black and brown histories within DJ and beat making culture.
Friday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 & HUC 1.106), Main Campus
This semi-formal banquet includes dinner and dancing. Enrique Aleman, UTSA chair and professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, is the keynote speaker. The Outstanding Latinx Student Leadership Award will also be presented. Tickets are available at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15. Guests are $20.
UTSA English professor Kinitra Brooks will discuss her new book, “Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror.” The book highlights the unique position of black women in the horror genre as both characters and creators.H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Strategic Enrollment Presidential initiative.Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
The community is invited to the inauguration of UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, the sixth president of UTSA.Convocation Center, Main Campus
The Provost's Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council hosts this forum to share and further explain the results of the survey and to offer the opportunity for faculty and staff to provide feedback.Durango Building, La Villita Room (DB 1.116), Downtown Campus
For more than 20 years, Josie Méndez-Negrete, a UTSA associate professor in Mexican American Studies, has endured the emotional journey of watching her son, Tito, struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is the first memoir by a Mexican American author to share the devastation and hope a family experiences in dealing with this mental illness.H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.212), Main Campus
Graduate and undergraduate student researchers pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts will present their original work.Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to this town hall meeting to learn more about progress of the Student Success Presidential initiative.Frio Street Building (FS 1.512), Downtown Campus