Heritage Month

Opening Ceremony 

Monday, Sept. 16
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Central Courtyard

Blessing: Grupo de Danza Azteca Xinachtli

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia, Councilwoman, District 4
  • Dr. Octavio Quintanilla, San Antonio Poet Laureate

Live Music: Bombasta

***Free food provided***

Panel Discussion: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor - The Current U.S. Immigration Crisis

Thursday, Sept. 19
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)

The current U.S. immigration crisis has received large-scale media coverage with wide-ranging sociopolitical implications. This panel invites non-profit organizations to shed light on the current immigration situation from a social services perspective through their work in assisting immigrant families and unaccompanied minors arriving in Texas.

Participating Panelists:

  • Nate Roter, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
  • Laura Molinar, Sueños sin Fronteras
  • Jo Pendleton, Interfaith Welcome Coalition

***Free food provided***

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, Sept. 24
11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Performing Arts Center

The Latino vote has been a historically suppressed and an underutilized tool of community empowerment. This event will promote Latino civic engagement through voter registration. MOVE Texas will be registering voters in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

Author Talk/Plática with Reyna Grande

Tuesday, Sept. 24
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir The Distance Between Us (2012) in which she writes about her life before and after immigrating from Mexico to the United States. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home, was released on Oct. 2, 2018. Her other works include the critically-acclaimed novels, Across a Hundred Mountains (2006), and Dancing with Butterflies (2009). The Distance Between Us is also available as a young readers edition from Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division–Aladdin.

Grande has received several book awards including the American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award. She was a finalist for the prestigious National Book Critics Circle Awards was honored with a Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. The young readers version of The Distance Between Us has received several awards including the Honor Book Award for the Américas Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature, a Eureka! Honor Awards from the California Reading Association, and an International Literacy Association Children’s Book Award.

A book signing will follow the plática.

***Free food provided***

What’s in a Name?: Demystifying Ethnic Identity Terms
Monday, Sept. 30
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Legacy Room (Ozuna 101) 

The Latinx/Hispanic population in the United States is an ever evolving multiethnic, multiracial, and multicultural group. Considering this cultural group’s rapidly growing population in the U.S., it is important to understand the distinctions among ethnic terms relating to this cultural group. This panel discussion/plática will invite speakers and audience members to engage in a dialogue on the definitions of and distinctions among ethnic terms relating to the U.S. Latinx/Hispanic population.

Participating Panelists:

  • Dr. Norma Cantu, Professor of the Humanities, Modern Languages, & Literatures, Trinity University
  • Maria De Leon, Executive Director, National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)
  • Andrew Salinas, president, SomosMAS, Palo Alto College

***Free food provided***

Panel Discussion: Mi Barrio No Se Vende - Gentrification and Cultural Preservation in San Antonio

Wednesday, Oct. 2
12:30-2 p.m.

Legacy Room (Ozuna 101)

While San Antonio is the seventh-largest city in the nation, it has also been recognized as being the most economically segregated. This panel discussion will focus on the implications of rapid urban development on lower income communities and the importance of historic cultural preservation of these communities in San Antonio.

Participating Panelists:

  • Leticia Sanchez Retamozo, Co-Chair, Historic Westside Residents’ Association
  • Susana Mendez Segura, Westside Preservation Alliance
  • Kathy Rodriguez, City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation

***Free food provided***


Artist Talk/Plática with Ruth Buentello

Tuesday, Oct. 8
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Performing Arts Center Auditorium

Ruth Leonela Buentello is an interdisciplinary artist from San Antonio who creates narratives based on her Xicana identity. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently a full-tuition scholar at Maine College of Art, where she is earning her MFA. Buentello is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant and was recently selected to be featured in the “The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Her artist talk will focus on her latest body of work based on the dehumanization of undocumented Latinxs through lens of immigration agencies, media, and law enforcement.

***Free food provided***


Indigenous People's Day/Día de la Raza with the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas

Monday, Oct. 14
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Central Courtyard

While Columbus Day traditionally honors the significance of Europeans “discovering” the Americas, Indigenous Peoples Day honors the heritage and contributions of indigenous/Native Americans who inhabited these lands long before the arrival of Europeans. The Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas will provide an information session and ceremonial dance exhibit for this event.

***Free food provided***


Ozuna Library Exhibit "Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States"

Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2019
Ozuna Library 

For more than three decades, a literary renaissance has been going on in the United States. Through poetry, prose and drama, Latino authors illuminated the American experience for Spanish-speaking peoples whose ancestry goes back to Latin American lands. Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States introduces this vibrant literature and many facets of Latino culture.


Palo Alto College
1400 W. Villaret
San Antonio, Texas 78224

For information, please contact us.

Phone: (210) 486-3044

Email: lrodriguez645@alamo.edu

Sponsored by: Center for Mexican American Studies, Student Life, and Student Activities Fee.