Raza Heritage Month

Date: October 1–20, 2020

Raza Heritage Month presents:

Raza Reflections, Reckonings, and Resiliency

September 15 - October 20

The Raza Heritage Month Committee invites you to a variety of performances, presentations, and more.


Tuesday, Sept. 15
5:30 – 6 p.m. Early Bird Pre-Panel Fun Facts Show


6 – 8 p.m. SOY YO (IT’S ME): The Many Complexities of Identity 
Bond with folx/folks of various backgrounds as we open the month with some fun games (prizes included) and a multigenerational plática (conversation) about identities within the Latinx community. We promise an enlightening evening!

YouTube link: http://bit.ly/SoyYoRHM


Tuesday, Sept. 22

6 – 7:30 p.m.  Afro-Mexican Verdades (Truths) and Black-Mexican American Truths
An intimate reading and dialogue about Blackness, healing, and queerness with poets Alan Pelaez Lopez and Ariana Brown. 

YouTube link: http://bit.ly/afromexican


Thursday, Sept. 24

6 – 7 p.m. Zumba with Alessandra Sanchez

¡Vengan a bailar (come and dance)! Let loose and rebuild your spirit!
Zoom link: http://bit.ly/RHM2020Zumba


Thursday, Oct. 8
6 – 7:30 p.m. A Conversation with Pansy Pachanga: Explore the roots of the LGBTQ+ community of the Rio Grande Valley

Gain insights in resisting repression and generating resiliency from the filmmakers behind this excellent film that chronicles an “untold and under-documented history.”

Youtube link: http://bit.ly/PansyPachangaRHM


Friday, Oct. 9

6 – 8 p.m. Student VOICES: A Gathering of Student-Led Organizations

Connect with student organizations from across the nation! Student leaders from the University of Arizona’s V.O.I.C.E. organization recount their mission to empower Indigenous voices on their campus and lead a charla (an interactive dialogue) with other student organizations.

Zoom linkhttp://bit.ly/RHMStudentVoices 


Tuesday, Oct. 13

6 – 8 p.m. Resiliency in the Time of COVID-19: Will our Culture of Abrazos survive this Pandemic? 

Enlighten yourself on Tejano (Texans of Mexican descent) healing traditions and family caregiving attitudes before and during the pandemic through a lecture, testimonio (first-person stories, often about social injustices, expressed by marginalized peoples), and student-created corridos (folk songs).

Zoom link: http://bit.ly/RHM2020Resiliency


Thursday, Oct. 15

6 – 8 p.m. A Reclamation: Resisting the Ranger inside of us

Dr. Cesar Cruz, community organizer and founder of Homies Empowerment, facilitates a consciousness-raising dialogue on how to address the systemic oppression that surrounds us.  Participants will select a topic of interest to discuss in small groups and will learn about enacting change through fostering unity and recognizing the interconnectedness between us.

Zoom link: http://bit.ly/RHM2020Reclamation


Tuesday, Oct. 20
6 – 8 p.m.
Good Trouble: The History of the Change the Ranger mascot campaign

Join the SAC student group Somos La Gente as they share “How we got here” and “What comes next” in the momentous Change the Ranger mascot campaign.

Digital Exhibit link: http://bit.ly/ChangetheRangerRHM


ALL-MONTH EVENTS: Sept. 15 – Oct. 20


SAC Raza Scavenger Hunt

Discover local Raza history through a public art scavenger hunt. Learn a little history and have a lot of fun! Prize giveaways. Please contact Carrie Hernandez of the Office of Student Life (OSL) for a list of local Raza public art sights and full contest instructions at chernandez@alamo.edu. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020.  


SAC Stories

Participate in and/or listen to this oral history project. During the entire month, former and current members of the SAC community will be invited to reflect, reckon, and relate moments of resilience during their time at SAC. For information on how to participate, please check the Raza Heritage Month web page alamo.edu/sac/RHM20. Instructions will be added to this ambitious project once details are finalized.