Latino Heritage Month 2001
Celebrating Latino Achievements

Week One: May 1-6

Tuesday, May 1

wall artOpening Day Celebration
Speaker: John Trasviña, Department of Justice
John Trasviña was nominated by President Clinton and confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate in 1997 to be special counsel for immigration-related unfair employment practices, which is the only government agency that provides these types of services to immigrant populations. In 1995, Hispanic Business Magazine recognized him as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States. As special counsel, he is now the highest-ranking Hispanic attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Guest Speaker & Entertainment: Dancers (México Lindo)
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Hall

Car Show
An exciting must-see car exhibit of custom-designed automobiles. These cars, commonly known as "Low Riders", allow Latinos a unique way to express their cultural heritage through the artistic transformation of ordinary cars into mobile works of art. Come and meet these proud car owners and let them introduce you to pure Raza creativity at its best!
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Location: César Chávez Plaza

Wednesday, May 2

Talent Show
Join the fun as Foothill students show off their talents, including singing, dancing and a few surprises. All Foothill students are welcome to participate. So, come and "show your stuff"! Performing sign-up sheet available Tuesday, May 1, in front of the bookstore. Cash prizes awarded for first, second and third place.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Hall

Friday, May 4

aztecTheater Performance: Cinco de Mayo Show
Grupo Folklorico México Lindo, Mariachi Tapatio, Foothill College Singers and Sueño Americano dancers.
Contact Ines Pardo, (650) 949-7206.
Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Foothill Smithwick Theater
Tickets: $5 general; $4 with OwlCard. Tickets will be sold Tuesday, May 1, in front of the bookstore.

All College Dance: Noche de Carnival
Dress festively to enjoy Carnival. Buy your beads and masks at the event for less than $5. Game booths and prizes, and entertainment by DJ Gabo.
Contact Ines Pardo, (650) 949-7206.
Time: 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Location: Campus Center Dining Hall
Tickets: $5 general; $4 with OwlCard. Tickets will be sold Tuesday, May 1, in front of the bookstore.

Week Two: May 7-13

Tuesday, May 8

Tutu the Clown and Piñata
Kids will enjoy participating in a traditional piñata-breaking celebration. Entertainment by TuTu the Clown.
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon
Location: Foothill Child
Development Center

Wednesday, May 9

Latina Issues Panel
azrec green Moderated by Foothill College English instructor
Tess Hansen, this student panel will discuss issues particular to Latina students. The topic of discussion will include the juggling act that the millennium student takes on. The balancing act of family, careers, studies, friends and more will be addressed, along with many issues revolving inside the classroom.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Library, Room 3525

Thursday, May 10

Artist's Reception & Talk
A first-year art faculty member at Foothill College, José Arenas' works are a visual exploration of familiar signs and images both Mexican and universal. They reflect personal themes of place, culture and collective identity. His paintings are a combination of popular Mexican imagery that evokes a past that is also connected to the present. His art is derived from personal experiences and is open to the viewer's interpretation.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Semans Library Patio
(between Library and Media Center)

Week Three: May 14-20
Wednesday, May 16

Latino Youth Issues Seminar
Rey Berrios, a native of San Francisco, is the writer, editor and publisher of the Chicano 'zine Mi Vida Loca. His magazine is distributed from San Francisco to Los Angeles. A community activist, he has worked with Chicano youth, gang members and incarcerated Latinos. This workshop will address issues of importance to Chicano youth, and will be relevant to anyone who wants a better understanding of Latino culture.
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge

Latino Heritage Club Meeting, Film & Munchies
parrot Join Latino Heritage Club members and staff for light refreshments and screening of a provocative film.
Film: The Méxican Americans
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge

Thursday, May 17

Flor y Canto: Poetry & Music
Foothill students perform music and poetry. Join us as students read original work and selections from their favorite authors that express feelings about being Latino in the United States.
Time: 10 a.m.-Noon
Location: Mellow Yellow Cafe

Week Four: May 21-27

Wednesday, May 23

Service Learning Project: Bone Marrow Drive
Every year, thousands of American racial and ethnic minorities die from leukemia, aplastic anemia and other fatal blood diseases. Many of these deaths could be prevented and patients cured through a bone marrow transplant. It takes just 15 minutes to register to save a life. Visit the Campus Center Lounge during the drive. You will be asked to give two tablespoons of blood. Your blood sample will be used to determine your HLA type. Your type will be stored anonymously in a national database. A licensed Phlebotomist will take your blood sample. This procedure is absolutely 100 percent safe and virtually painless.
Time: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Campus Center Lounge

Thursday, May 24

Latino Luncheon
Contact: Ines Pardo, (650) 949-7206
Time: Noon-2 p.m.
Location: Staff House
Tickets: $6, general; $5 with OwlCard.

Ongoing Events & Activities

  • Service Learning Project-Salvadorean Aid Monetary donations will be accepted at every event and given to the American Red Cross to benefit the citizens of El Salvador who are still suffering from the aftermath of the January earthquake.
  • Works by Latino artist José Arenas are on exhibit in the Semans Library Gallery at Foothill College throughout May. Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • For additional event, driving and parking information, access or call (650) 949-7282.

Earn College Credit
Enroll in the Social Science 36 course. Foothill College students can earn one unit of transferable credit for attending Latino Heritage Month events. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.

2001 Latino Heritage Planning Committee

  • Carolina Delgado, Chairwoman
  • Leo Contreras, Chairman
  • José Arenas
  • Erin Clifford
  • Louis Cullen III
  • Yaya De Luna
  • Robert Garcia
  • Carmen Gomez
  • Ismael Gonzalez
  • Herlisa Hamp
  • Teresa Hansen
  • Lisa Lloyd
  • José Nava
  • Kathryn Ortíz
  • Ines Pardo
  • Cristela Perez
  • Gabriel Reyes
  • Angel Sierra
  • Daphne Small
  • Nicky Trasviña
  • Kwesi Weusi-Puryear

Program Sponsors:

  • Associated Students of Foothill College
  • Foothill College Multicultural Relations Office
  • Foothill College Outreach Office
  • Foothill College Student Affairs & Activities Office
  • Foothill College Service Learning Volunteer Center
  • Extended Opportunity Program & Services (EOPS)
  • La Raza Alliance de Foothill College
  • Latino Heritage Club
  • Puente Program
  • Los Altos High School México Lindo

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Heritage Month Series
Jewish Heritage (January)

Black History (February)

Women's History (March)

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage (April)

Latino Heritage (May)

Gay/Lesbian Heritage (June)