Between September 20th and October 12th San Diego Mesa College - a designated Hispanic Serving Institution - presented over a dozen Hispanic Heritage month events. Hundreds of students attended
a variety of the events, both on and off campus.
Popular events included the films, “Anita” and “Mar Adentro”/ “The Sea inside”, and
“Bajo la Misma Luna”/ “Under the Same Moon”, which highlighted the lives of 3 different
Hispanic people. One highly anticipated event was the grand opening of the STEM Center, which aims to support Hispanic and low-income students to prepare for STEM majors,
and was funded by a Hispanic Serving Institution grant. Mesa also hosted guest speaker
Manuel J. Velez for the Campus Conexiones series.
There was a hands-on experience about Ancient Mayan pottery given by Mesa’s Professor
Mongelluzzo, who teaches Anthropology, along with an off-campus exhibit called UnDocumenta at the Oceanside Museum of Art. Closing out the month was a well-attended student
poster session about Latino/a leaders in the U.S and with guest speaker Tim Hernandez,
author of All They Will Call You.
Tags: STEM Center, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Campus Conexiones, Hispanic Heritage Month