Latino Heritage Month full of events at ECC

ELGIN – At Elgin Community College, Latino Heritage Month will be run from Sept. 14 through Oct. 16.

The event recognizes contributions of Latinos while creating a respectful dialogue about important issues in the Latino community.

The Latino Heritage Month kickoff breakfast will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 14 in the Fox Valley University and Business Center Dining Room in Building E on the Spartan Drive Campus, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

This year’s keynote speaker is Eliseo Medina, international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union.

Medina, the first Mexican American elected to a top post at the 2.1 million-member SEIU, leads the union’s efforts to achieve comprehensive immigration reform that rebuilds the nation’s economy, secures equal labor- and civil-rights protections for workers to improve their wages and work conditions, and provides legal channels and a path to citizenship.

Medina came to the United States from Mexico with his mother and siblings at age 10 to join his father, who was an immigrant farm worker. He has led efforts to unite the unions of Change to Win and the AFL-CIO around a comprehensive framework for reform.

Tickets to the breakfast are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 847-214-7088 by today.

For information about Latino Heritage Month, call the Student Life Office at 847- 214-7370.

Below are other events during Latino Heritage Month. All are free and open to the public unless noted.

• A Taste of Our Heritage Cookbook Sale: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 17 in Building B hallways. Create and enjoy a variety of dishes from authentic Latin American recipes. A book made with the contributions of members of the Organization of Latin American Students will be sold.

• Sabor Latino: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 and 26 in Building B hallways. A different Latin American dish is available for purchase each week.

• Third Annual Latino Diaries: 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 in Building F, Spartan Auditorium. Spoken word artist Carlos Robs mixes comedy, poetry and dramatic monologues into a performance about Latino culture.

• Majority/Minority Event: Graffiti: Art vs. Vandalism: Noon to 1 p.m. Sept. 27 in Building F’s Spartan Auditorium. Living in a diverse community, residents are exposed to all types of interpretations of community art. What constitutes these works from being either art or vandalism?

• Projecto 7: Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 in Building B, Jobe Lounge. Enjoy the vibrant sounds Projecto 7, an Elgin-based salsa and Latin jazz band.

• Sixth Annual “ECC’s Got Talent”: 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 in Building F, Spartan Auditorium. Watch ECC students and others showcase their talents and compete for $300 grand prize. Admission is $5.

• Aztec Stories: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Building B, Jobe Lounge. This is an educational, musical, and interactive program about the culture of ancient Mexico and the indigenous worldview of the Mexika Aztecs.

• Majority/Minority Event: Mayan Calendar Educational: 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 in Building F, Spartan Auditorium. Do the Mayans know what they are talking about? Is 2012 really the end of the world?

• Mi Futuro Fair: 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in Building B, Jobe Lounge. OLAS, in partnership with Illinois universities and ECC, bring a college resource fair geared toward guiding Latino high school and college students and their parents through the college process. Get information on applying, programs, financial aid and student life.

• Latin Comedy Hour: Noon to 1 p.m. Oct. 16 in Building B, Jobe Lounge. Get ready to laugh with a live performance by Latin comedienne Patti Vasquez.

Latino Heritage Month is sponsored by the Latino Heritage Month Committee, Office of Student Life, the Co-Curricular Fund, the Organization of Latin American Students, the College Programming Board and The Writers Center.

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