CUNY Campuses Offer An Array Of Programs, Performances And Forums To Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic HeritageCampuses across CUNY are presenting an array of activities, performances and programs to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, a 30-day period that runs through Oct. 15 and was enacted into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to celebrate the stories and achievements of American citizens who trace their lineage to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

“The CUNY community is proud to pay tribute to the histories and cultures of Hispanics and Latinos across the City and throughout the country”, said Interim Chancellor Vita C. Rabinowitz. “CUNY is stronger because of their contributions to our great University.”

Events include “Thriving on the Margins: A Workshop on Identity,” Oct. 10 at Medgar Evers College; an authors’ panel, “Writing Historical Fiction to Reach/Teach New Audiences,” Oct. 11 at Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies; the Distinguished Latino Leaders Awards, Oct. 11 at Hostos Community College; and “¡Estamos Aqui! Queer Latinx Pride,” Oct. 11 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Here is more information about these and other activities scheduled on CUNY campuses during Hispanic Heritage Month:


Medgar Evers College: University of Puerto Rico Student Film Festival, Mary Pinkett Theater,

S-122, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Graduating con ganas: A discussion on a Man’s View on the Value of Education Today, NB L.74.02, 1:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hostos Community College: The 10th biennial BomPlenazo, a celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican Music and Dance (through 10/7), Main Theater/Pregones Theater/Rincon Criollo, 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.


City College of New York: Tipico Night Ocho, live band and DJ, Marshak Gym, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.


Queens College: Acciones, a special exhibit of drawings by Puerto Rican students in the wake of Hurricane Maria (through Nov. 9). Queens College Art Center. To RSVP for the opening reception, please email


Hostos Community College: Hispanic/Latino or Latinx: Latina Activism: Sisters and Daughters – Past & Present. Faculty Dining Room, C Building/East Academic Complex, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice: The Needs and Changes of Afro-Latinx Students at JJC, a Hispanic Serving Institution, NB 9.64, 1:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Medgar Evers College: Thriving on the Margins: An interactive workshop on Identity with guest lecturer Miguel Rodriguez, Welcome Center, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.


Hostos Community College: Distinguished Latino Leaders Awards; honorees include: Hon. Luis M. Diaz, Bronx County Clerk; Hon. Linda Maricela Machuca, cónsul general of Ecuador; Hon. Maria Isabel Nieto Jaramillo, cónsul general of Columbia; A Atrium, Allied Health Building, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hunter College: Writing Historical Fiction to Reach/Teach New Audiences: Authors panel featuring Virginia Sanchez-Korrol and Eleanor Parker Sapia, moderated by Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, Center for Puerto Rican Studies, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice: “¡Estamos Aqui! Queer Latinx Pride,” Hound Square, 1:40 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Lehman College: Journalism in the Age of Disaster – Puerto Rico: La Tormenta, The Truth and Making Sense, One Year After Hurricane Maria, journalism panel discussion moderated by The New York Times’ David Gonzalez, featuring commentary by student participants of CUNY Service Corps Puerto Rico Project, Music Building Recital Hall (Room 306), 12:45 p.m.


John Jay College of Criminal Justice: Imagining Hispanic Serving Colleges and Universities as Integrated Institutions for Ethnoracial Justice, Nicholas Vargas, assistant professor, Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Sociology, Criminology & Law, University of Florida, 15 NB, L.61, 1:40 p.m.

Medgar Evers College: ICL Initiative: Beyond Cultural Competence in Health and Social Services, AB-1, Cafeteria, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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