Maricopa Community Colleges’ Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Maria Harper-Marinick, Ph.D., will receive the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Hispanic Community Leadership Award. The award recognizes an outstanding individual for advocacy, leadership and service to the Arizona community. It has been awarded annually since 2007 on Hispanic Heritage Day at Chase Field at pre-game ceremonies that feature cultural entertainment and on-field recognition of community leaders for their service.
“It’s an honor to receive this award, and we are grateful to the D’backs for shining a light on our Hispanic community leaders,” said Dr. Harper-Marinick. “Each year, Maricopa Community Colleges holds events to celebrate and share Hispanic music, art and writing. Please consider joining us for one or more events.”
Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 events at Maricopa Community Colleges
Estrella Mountain Community College (3000 N. Dysart Rd., Avondale)
Avondale Mayor Lopez-Rogers will kick-off the month-long celebration with a welcome and proclamation. Renowned Valley artist and musician Zarco Guerrero will perform followed by the music of Mariachi Aguila. Mexican food and free agua frescas and pan dolce.
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 10:00am – 1:00pm; Estrella North Plaza Lawn
Glendale Community College (6000 W. Olive Ave., Glendale)
Presenting Mariachi Corazon De Phoenix, who perform throughout the community proudly demonstrating their “Unique” and Distinctive” Mariachi music.
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, 11:00am – 1:00 pm; Student Union, Palm Court Dining Area
Mesa Community College (1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa)
Eduardo Pagán, co-host of History Detectives on PBS; history professor; and author of Murder at the Sleepy Lagoon: Zoot Suits, Race, and Riot in Wartime L.A., Historic Photos of Phoenix and Remembering Phoenix. Upcoming projects include a book-length study of the Pleasant Valley War and examining the history of the Civil Rights struggles for Arizona Navajos.
Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7:00pm; LB145 at MCC’s Southern and Dobson Library
Phoenix College (1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix)
PC’s Office of Student Life & Leadership and the Consulate General of Mexico will kick off of Hispanic Heritage Month with culture, live entertainment, crafts, games and traditional food. Experience the traditional “El Grito de Independencia” (The Cry of Independence).
Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:00am – 2:00pm (El Grito at 12:00 noon); Sophomore Square
South Mountain Community College (7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix)
Join SMCC to celebrate with festivities, food and lectures from Victor Villaseñor, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Mexican-American writer and author of Rain of Gold. Villaseñor’s works are often taught in American schools.
Wednesday, Oct. 9, 8:00am – 12:30pm; 5:30pm – 8:30pm.
For more information about college events, visit their websites, which can be accessed at www.maricopa.edu.
About National Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
For more information, visit www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.