Virtual Heritage Month

Opening Ceremony 

Keynote Speaker: Cristela Alonzo

Tuesday, Sept. 15
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Presented via Zoom - 
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A native of San Juan, Texas, Cristela Alonzo is comedian, actress, writer and producer, who created and starred in the ABC sitcom Cristela. This made her the first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own U.S. primetime comedy. She’s served as one of ABC’s favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show The View. In 2017 Cristela made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of Cruz Ramirez in Cars 3. Her first stand-up special, Lower Classy, is currently streaming on Netflix.

Keynote Speaker: Cheech Marin

Thursday, Sept. 17
12:30–1:30 p.m.

Presented via Zoom - Register Now

Best known as one half of the hilariously irreverent, satirical, counter-culture, no-holds-barred duo Cheech and Chong, Cheech Marin is a paradox in the world of entertainment. Cheech is an actor, director, writer, musician, Chicanx art collector, art exhibitor, and humanitarian – a man who has enough talent, humor, and intelligence to do just about anything. As an ardent Chicanx art supporter and collector, Cheech Marin has developed the finest private collection of Chicanx art in the United States.

Constitution Day/National Voter Registration Day

Guest Speaker: Domingo Garcia, National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Tuesday, Sept. 22
10:30–11:30 a.m. 
Presented via Zoom - 
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A son of Mexican immigrants, Domingo Garcia, is a self-made success earning his way to the Statehouse of Texas as an elected lawmaker, and subsequently becoming the youngest Mayor Pro-Tem of Dallas. He’s worked to protect young, undocumented immigrant students known as “Dreamers” as an author of Texas’ laws, making Texas the first state in the nation to protect immigrant students. He served as an editorial columnist and broadcast commentator, as well as a highly successful trial lawyer for thirty years. Garcia is the current National President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) since 2018 and has been on the front lines of the civil rights battles for Latinx communities.

Author Talk/Plática with Ernesto Todd Mireles

Wednesday, Sept. 30
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Presented via Zoom - 
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In his book, Insurgent Aztlán The Liberating Power of Cultural Resistance (2020 International Latino Book Award Winner - Best Political/Current Affairs), Ernesto Todd Mireles reconstructs the relationship between social-political insurgent theory and Xicano literature, film and myth. He makes a solid case for addressing the decades-long decline of Mexican American identity within itself and among sectors of American society by asserting the influential role of culture and history, in the preservation and political advancement of a people.

National Poetry Day/ Eleven Rivers Review Student Poetry Reading
Thursday, Oct. 1
11 a.m.–Noon
Presented via Zoom - 
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In honor of National Poetry Day, Palo Alto College will host a student poetry reading. While the event will feature Eleven Rivers Review (11RR) student contributors, all students are welcome to join and read their poetry. The Eleven Rivers Review is PAC’s award-winning student literary and arts journal. The 11RR is produced each spring entirely by PAC student writers, artists, and editors. The publication offers students an opportunity to share their creative talent and learn valuable skills for their portfolios.

Panel Discussion/Plática: "Crisis within a Crisis: Domestic Violence Crisis During the Coronavirus Pandemic" 

Monday, Oct. 5
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Presented via Zoom - 
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San Antonio and Bexar County have seen a recent rise in domestic violence cases with 29 documented deaths by domestic partners in 2019, and the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated this crisis. Panelists will discuss the warning signs, available resources, and strategies to help end domestic violence.

Participating Panelists:

Indigenous Peoples' Day/Día de la Raza

Monday, Oct. 12
12:30-1:30 p.m.
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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.

Panel Discussion/Plática: "Indigenous/Xicanx Healing Practices During Times of Crisis"

During this time of collective physical, emotional, and financial crisis, ethnic minorities including Indigenous and Latinx/Chicanx communities are being negatively affected at a significantly higher rate. This panel will address the impact of this collective crisis on these communities and provide healing strategies for wellness through Indigenous/Xicanx cultural-based methods focused on mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellness.

Participating Panelists:

  • Dr. Manuel Zamarripa, Director and Co-founder, Institute of Chicana/o/x Psychology
  • Jessica Tlazotiani Zamarripa, Activist, Organizer and Co-founder, Institute of Chicana/o/x Psychology
  • Jane Madrigal, Artist, Educator and Healer
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day

Performance: "The AIDS Lady" Solo Play by Anna De Luna

Thursday, Oct. 15
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Presented via Zoom - Register Now

The AIDS Lady, a one-person performance by Anna De Luna, will explore various characters while engaging audience members with stories of courageous youth and the HIV positive population she serves. The original piece uses theatre as a tool to raise awareness of the issue of HIV/AIDS – as Ms. De Luna will perform a rapid HIV test on herself to encourage others to get tested.


Smithsonian National Postal Museum Virtual Exhibition

Sept. 15-Oct. 15

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: People, Places, Events on Stamps

Celebrando la Herencia Hispana: Gente, Lugares y Eventos en Sellos Postales


For information, please contact us.

Phone: (210) 486-3044


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