celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15),
Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) is hosting a variety of events to
celebrate the local Hispanic community.
Chandler-Gilbert Community College we value diversity and investing in the
said Dr. Linda Lujan, president
of CGCC. "Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for our college
campuses and the surrounding communities to come together and celebrate the
Hispanic culture through a variety of family and educational events."
Hispanic Heritage events include an official kick-off ceremony, the Hermanas High
School Conference, the eighth annual Garibaldi
Night, the Chandler Mariachi Festival and Celebrando
Nuestra Cultura. See detailed event information below.
Hispanic Student Organization (HSO) will officially kick-off Hispanic Heritage
Month at CGCC during a student welcome reception at the Pecos Campus on Wednesday,
September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center Pavilion. CGCC
President Dr. Linda Lujan and other faculty members will highlight the month's
activities and encourage students to participate in the cultural campus
The Hermanas High
School Conference- CGCC, in partnership with Intel Corporation, will host more
than 200 Latina East Valley high school students for Hermanas: Disena Tu Futuro (Design Your Future) Conference on
Wednesday, September 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the college's Pecos Campus.
by the mission of increasing the number of under-represented females in
science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, the one-day
Hermanas conference provides a supportive environment in which young women can
interact with successful Latinas in STEM careers, explore technological
careers, receive encouragement to finish school, attend college, and to pursue
Garibaldi Night- Join
CGCC in partnership with Chandler Coalition for Civil and Human Rights (C3HR) at
the eighth annual Garibaldi Night, a
free family festival celebrating Hispanic
heritage and culture at the
Pecos campus on Friday, October 5 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event
will feature live music by
Mariachi Fuego del Sol, Mariachi Viva La Mujer and Mariachi Los
Caballeros; folkloric dance groups: Ballet Folklorico Amistad, Ballet Folkorico Quetzalli-AZ
Folklorico Esperanza; arts & crafts and food sales.
Attendees will also learn
about educational opportunities, financial aid, and other benefits at CGCC, as
well as have the chance to win a $250 CGCC tuition scholarship. All funds
raised at this event will support CGCC Hispanic-student scholarships.
"We are thrilled with the partnership that C3HR has developed
with CGCC over the years and the opportunity to produce local cultural events
together," said Vanessa Ramirez, C3HR public relations director. "It
is important to welcome Hispanic families and other members of our community to
the college campus through this wonderful family-friendly event."
Chandler Mariachi Festival- CGCC is a sponsor of the
13th Annual Chandler C3HR Mariachi Festival, Chandler's signature event during
Hispanic Heritage Month on Saturday, October 6 from 7 to 10 pm at the Chandler
Center for the Arts. For ticket information call 480-782-2680 or visit www.chandlercenter.org to purchase online.
Celebrando Nuestra Cultura (Celebrating Our Culture)- Hispanic Heritage Month at CGCC will conclude with
a special event celebrating Hispanic art and culture on Wednesday, October 17
from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Williams Campus. Celebrando Nuestra Cultura will feature Hispanic-student poetry,
art and dance performances.