Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at JJC

The JJC Board of Trustees designated September as Hispanic Heritage Month. Join in the festivities offered on campus from now until mid-October.

Hispanic Heritage Month events are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Department of Adult Education and Literacy, Office of Student Activities, GLOW and Latinos Unidos.

For more information, contact Patricia Santoyo-Marin at (815) 280-2829.

Mexican Independence Day Parade
Saturday, Sept. 10 – Downtown Joliet • 1 p.m.
Join OMSA and Latinos Unidos in downtown Joliet for the annual Mexican Independence Day Parade. All are welcome.

History of Mexican Independence Day (El Grito)
Friday, Sept. 16 – The Bridge, Main Campus • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Come and learn about instrumental figures in the struggle for the independence of Mexico and sign-up for the grito (cry for independence) contest! A prize will be awarded to the best grito.

Latino Cinema – “Which Way Home”
Thursday, Sept. 29 – The Bridge, Main Campus • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Watch the movie “Which Way Home”, which chronicles the lives of child migrants as they journey through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freight train. Snacks will be available for purchase.

Latin Swing Dance
Friday, Sept. 30 – J-Building, former cafeteria, Main Campus 7 p.m. – midnight
Come and dance the night away at the Latin Swing Dance! Anyone 17 and older is invited to attend. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door. For advance ticket purchase, please call (815) 280-6709.

Mariachi Band – “Los Galleros”
Tuesday, Oct. 4 – Amerifed Room, City Center Campus • 4 to 5 p.m.
Bring the family and enjoy the music of Mariachi Los Galleros and take a musical journey through Mexico. Information tables will include GED, ESL and support services for students who want to enroll in credit courses.

Latino Cinema – “I am the Queen”
Friday, Oct. 7 – The Bridge, Main Campus • noon – 2 p.m.
Join us for the film screening of “I am the Queen”, which will be followed by a discussion with the film’s directors. This documentary takes place in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community and highlights the lives of several transgendered youth. For mature audiences only. Snacks will be available for purchase.

Live Colombian Band – “Grupo Cumbé”
Friday, Oct. 14 – The Bridge, Main Campus • noon – 1 p.m.
Listen and dance to the Colombian sounds of Grupo Cumbe; learn of Colombia’s Vallenato and Cumbia folk music as you enjoy some of the nation’s delicacies.

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