Campus celebrates Chicano/Latino Heritage Month

Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 is Chicano/Latino Heritage Month. During the month, the cultures and tradition of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central and South America and the Caribbean are celebrated. CSU Monterey Bay is commemorating the month with a variety of activities and events.

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  • Sept. 16*Mariachi Night | 10 p.m.-midnight | Chapman Science Center* Mariachi Night is held in celebration of Mexican Independence Day and will feature traditional music and food, and dancing. It is a free campus-wide event. Contact Brandi Lopez ( for more info.
  • Sept. 18*El Grito | 9 p.m.-1 a.m.| University Center* El Grito is held in celebration of Mexican Independence Day and will feature a disc jockey, a band and dancing. It is a campus-wide event. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. CSUMB username or valid photo ID is required. Contact Maritza Abonce ( for more info.
  • Oct. 8, 15 and 22*Lambdas Love Literacy | 4-6 p.m. | In front of library* The sisters of Lambda Theta Nu Sorority pride themselves on being supporters of literacy awareness with an emphasis on the Latino community. They believe everyone deserves the opportunity for an education; members will staff a table to raise awareness and accept donations. Contact Raquel Domingez ( for more info.
  • Oct. 10*Salsa Magic | 9 p.m.-midnight | Black Box Cabaret* Latin dance party with professional instructors and a disc jockey. Contact Otter Student Union ( for more information.
  • Oct. 17*Sugar Skull Workshop | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | VPA Bldg. 72* VPA invites everyone attend a workshop to learn the process of making traditional Mexican sugar skulls in celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. Contact Gail Salgado ( or Dionicio Mendoza (
  • Oct. 18-19*Luis Valdez's Valley of the Heart | 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday | World Theater* "Valley of the Heart” is a love story, rooted in historical events set in the fertile Santa Clara Valley, then known as the “Valley of Heart’s Delight,” in 1941. The area is now Silicon Valley. Opening in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor, it is the dramatic interaction of two families – the Yamaguchis and the Montaños. Coming out of the Great Depression, both immigrant families struggle to provide for the future of their American-born children. The families’ oldest children, Ben and Teruko, fall in love and emotional stakes are further heightened when the Japanese attack Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, throwing both families into uncertainty. Issues of loyalty and patriotism provoke both rebellion and heroism among young, imprisoned Japanese Americans while both Teruko and Benjamin fight to maintain their dignity, identity, family, and love in the face of war, fear, and separation. The play was written and directed by CSUMB founding faculty member Luis Valdez. For more information, contact the box office at 582-4580.
  • Oct. 19*Valley of the Heart Reception | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Alumni and Visitors Center* A reception celebrating El Teatro Campesino’s 50th anniversary will be held following the performance with the playwright and cast in attendance. The $50 ticket price includes the play, reception and parking. For more information, contact the box office at 582-4580.
  • Nov. 1*Día de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead ?"La Cultura Cura" | 5 p.m. at the Student Center, 6 p.m. at VPA, Bldg. 70* Live music, ?altars?, Aztec dancers?, pan dulce, ?hot chocolate, poetry,?art, face painting Everyone is welcome to participate by creating his or her own altar or by bringing a copy of a photograph of a loved one who has passed away to be included on the main altar. Contact Gail Salgado ( or Dionicio Mendoza (

See how CSUMB’s library is highlighting the month