Latinx Heritage Month Celebration

Latinx Heritage Month is observed in the United States from September 15 to October 15 to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. The observation began in 1968 as National Hispanic Heritage Week, and in 1988 was expanded to cover a 30-day-period known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, also known as Latinx Heritage Month. In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, Sonoma State University (SSU) is reflecting on the importance of our Latinx and Hispanic students, faculty, and staff and coimmunity members. 

For example, Ruben Salazar, local journalist and reporter for the Los Angeles Times who was killed in 1970 during the Chicano Moratorium protest against the Vietnam war and whose name was approved for the SSU Library after a campaign by Movimiento Estudiantil For Change and Advocacy (M.E.Ch.A.). Salazar Hall is now home to a variety of administrative and educational functions at SSU.

Below is the lineup of events organized by Alianza for Equity, Associated Students, Student Involvement, and the HUB Cultural Center. To learn how SSU is actively seeking to create more sustained and successful pathways for our Latinx students please visit the Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Task Force website

Latinx Heritage Month Opening Ceremony

Wednesday, September 15th | 12:00pm-1:30pm | Join the Zoom 

Join Alianza for Equity to kick off the 2021 Latinx Heritage Month! The opening ceremony represents an opportunity to honor our history, celebrate the rich diversity of our Latinx identity, plan for our future, and be in comunidad. The ceremony will also spotlight Belinda Guadarrama, a prominent, local Latina business leader and CEO of Petaluma's GC Micro. All Latinx faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and their allies are welcome to attend.

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Loteria Game Show with $500 Cash Prizes

Thursday, September 23rd | 7:00pm--8:00pm | Ballroom B & C or Join the Zoom 

Join the Associated Students Program (ASP) to celebrate Latinx heritage month by playing Loteria September 23 from 7-8pm at Ballroom B & C or through zoom! In this traditional game of chance, illustrated cards depicting Mexican history and culture replace bingo balls. Shout “Loteria!” when you find a winning combination. Every Loteria game includes four chances to win and $500 in cash prizes! As soon as the game concludes, winners receive their prize money directly to their PayPal accounts.

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Community, Culture, and Pizza with The HUB!

Friday, September 24th | 1:00pm-4:00pm | HUB Cultural Center - 2nd Floor Student Center

The HUB Cultural Center is a welcoming space on campus for students to explore their identities, find community, and work towards social justice. Join us for FREE pizza and FUN games as we learn about HUB programming, resources, and the various ways you can get involved. Pizza with the HUB also includes outdoor games such as frisbee, football and cornhole. The Dream Center will be in attendance to provide further information regarding their office, resources and role.

Please email for more information, questions or accommodations.

Contact Dream Center @ ssu.dreamcenter on Instagram.

Scene It Movie: In the Heights

  • Friday, September 24th | 7:30pm | Lobovision in Seawolf Plaza
  • Saturday, September 25th | 9:00pm | Ives 101 (Warren Theatre)

In the Heights centers on a variety of characters living in the neighborhood of Washington Heights, on the northern tip of Manhattan. At the center of the show is Usnavi, a bodega owner who looks after the aging Cuban lady next door, pines for the gorgeous girl working in the neighboring beauty salon and dreams of winning the lottery and escaping to the shores of his native Dominican Republic. Meanwhile, Nina, a childhood friend of Usnavi's, has returned to the neighborhood from her first year at college with surprising news for her parents, who have spent their life savings on building a better life for their daughter. Ultimately, Usnavi and the residents of the close-knit neighborhood get a dose of what it means to be home. Feel free to bring bring friends and snacks! 

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The Wandering Soap Opera (La Telenovela Erante)

Friday, September 24th - Sunday, September 26th

In 1990, Raúl Ruiz conducted six days of acting workshops and filming in his native Chile, yielding a small wealth of 16mm footage that was never edited together until Valeria Sarmiento, Ruiz’s wife and chief collaborator, returned to it nearly six years after Ruiz’s death in 2011. The result is a wildly inventive, episodic work of political satire born of Ruiz and Sarmiento’s vision of “Chilean reality” as a grand pastiche of soap-opera tropes—in other words, that the best way to understand the political and economic realities Chileans face is to view their situation through the sublime and ridiculous prism of the telenovela. (2017, 80 min., in Spanish w/ English subtitles)

Comedy and Cupcakes with Comedian Cristela Alonza

Tuesday, September 28th | 7:00pm | Ballroom A

Join ASP and Cristela Alonzo from Cars 3 and Lower classy on Netflix, for a night full of laughs and cupcakes at Ballroom A ! If you have a burning question to ask her this is your chance. Selected students will win an in person Meet and greet with Cristela.

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A Conversation with Dolores Huerta

Thursday, September 30th | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Join the Zoom  

Come see Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the National Farmworkers Association, activist, and American labor leader, for a virtual Q&A on September 30th at 5pm. Dolores Huerta will speak about her experiences and legacy with engaging in campaigns, and influencing legislation that supports equality and defending civil rights. If you have any questions for Dolores Huerta, please send them by September 29th 5:00pm using this google form.

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MEChA’s Latinx Heritage Month Meeting

Thursday, September 30th | 6:00pm - 7:00pm | Knights Valley Room or Join the Zoom  

Join Mecha in celebrating Latinx Heritage. We will be introducing the history of Mecha, playing games that pertain to the impact that Latinx people have made and hold a discussion about what it means to be Latinx in higher education.

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Latinx History Campus Walking Tour

Wednesday, October 6th | 4:00-6:00pm | Meet at Library Clocktower entrance 

Join the University Library in a guided walking tour of Latinx historical points of interest across the Sonoma State campus. Throughout the tour, attendees will encounter important historical landmarks that reveal the vibrant backdrop and contributions of Latinx students, staff, and faculty here at SSU. The tour will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. and will begin at the University Library’s clocktower entrance.

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Latinx Alumni Panel

Thursday, October 7th | 12:00-1:00pm | Join the Zoom

Hear from Sonoma State alumni who are making a difference in their communities and how their time at SSU impacted their journey to a professional career. 

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New Chicanx and Latinx faculty: A conversation

Friday, October 8th | 12:00-1:00pm | Join the Zoom 

Join new faculty at Sonoma State—Theresa Burruel Stone (English), Marie Ramirez Downing (Theatre Arts and Dance), Natalia Villanueva Nieves (Chicano and Latino Studies), Andy Martinez (Psychology)and Silvia Soto (Chicano and Latino Studies)—for a cross-discipline exchange about contributions, collaborations and commitments to the learning communities on campus. 

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Latinx Heritage Month Closing Ceremony 

Friday, October 15th | 5:00-6:00pm | Join the Zoom 

Alianza for Equity invites you to join us as we take a moment to celebrate the closing of 2021’s Latinx Heritage Month. The closing ceremony is a time to acknowledge the collective pride, accomplishments, and strong resilience of Latinxs across the SSU community and beyond. We are honored to be joined by keynote speaker, Rohnert Park City Councilmember Willy Linares. All Latinx faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and their allies are welcome to attend.

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