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Hispanic Heritage Month events continue throughout October at UTSA

Hispanic Heritage Month events continue throughout October at UTSA


OCTOBER 11, 2021 — Starting this week, The University of Texas at San Antonio will host its final series of events for Hispanic Heritage Month. UTSA’s events have been mirroring the national theme and following the university’s theme of “Esperanza: A Celebration of Our Heritage and Bold Future,” focusing on hope and heritage throughout the month.

Since its inception, UTSA has embraced its Hispanic serving identity. Washington, D.C.-based Excelencia in Education, an organization geared toward accelerating Latino student success in higher education, ranked UTSA third out of the top five institutions in Texas for awarding bachelor’s degrees to Latino students.

Last year, Excelencia awarded UTSA the prestigious Seal of Excelencia, a comprehensive certification recognizing the university’s commitment and ability to accelerate Latino student success.

The following events will round out the university's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration:

Monday, October 11

Las Mujeres de La Raza Unida
6:30 p.m., Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

This panel discussion will feature three women from the Raza Unida Party, an organization instrumental in bringing political change to Texas and the United States. The event will include a discussion on the Chicano rights movements of the 1960s and ’70s and the women of those movements who were often overlooked.

Wednesday, October 13

UTSA Racial Justice Book Club
2 to 3 p.m., virtual event

The club is reading two books this year. It started in September with the autobiography I, Rigoberta Menchú. The October book is Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas. Students who join the UTSA Racial Justice Book Club are eligible to receive the books for free.

Documentary Screening: “Truly Texas Mexican
6 to 9 p.m., Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

The documentary “Truly Texas Mexican” follows the issues of social justice through the experience of food and culture from ancient to modern days. Adán Medrano, the film’s executive producer and author of Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes, will join guest panelists for a Q&A session after the screening. A welcome reception and book signing will precede the film. The event is open to the community and parking is available at the Cattleman's Square, across from Buena Vista Theater and Pico De Gallo. 

⇒ Take a look at the full schedule of UTSA’s Hispanic Heritage Month events.

Tuesday, October 26

La narcoliteratura, un género polémico (The narco-literature, a controversial genre)
7 p.m., McKinney Humanities Building (3.01.28), Main Campus (virtual option included)

This final event welcomes Ainhoa Vásquez Mejías, professor and researcher from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, to the Main Campus to host a presentation about the influence of drug trafficking on different areas of culture—specifically on literature.

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