TULA members pose in flamenco skirts before Viva Las Americas
Trinity University celebra voces y culturas
With exciting events in September and October, the University community honors Hispanic and Latinx heritage

Trinity University’s celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, spanning September 15 to October 15, has become a tradition that invites the campus community to celebrate Latinx and Hispanic culture. This year’s celebration is made possible by the combined efforts of the Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS) Program, the Student Diversity and Inclusion Office (SDIO), the Humanities Collective, and the Trinity University Latino Association (TULA). The efforts of these faculty, staff, and students help everyone in our community find their sense of belonging and encourage us to engage in conversations, listen, and learn, all while having fun together. 

The SDIO will kick off the month-long celebration with the Mercado, with food, vendors, games, and more. The MAS Program is excited to share their initial work on their oral history project, “Conmemorando a la Comunidad: The Latinx Experience at Trinity.” And TULA will host their 4th annual Viva Las Americas, a student showcase of culture, tradition, music, and more.

“I've witnessed firsthand the transformative impact of our efforts in supporting Latinx students at Trinity,” says Elseke Membreño-Zenteno, program associate for the MAS Program within the Center of International Engagement. “Through MAS, we provide mentorship, scholarships, cultural enrichment, and community that empower our students to thrive. Together, we are celebrating our heritage and a brighter future for Latinx scholars and leaders at Trinity University.”

Save the date for the following upcoming events. For more information, contact Elseke Membreño-Zenteno, emembren@trinity.edu, or visit the Latinx Heritage Month page on events.trinity.edu.

Latinx Heritage Month Mercado
Wednesday, September 20 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.| Coates Esplanade

The SDIO presents Latinx Heritage Month Mercado. This fun experience will incorporate a variety of Latin cultures' expressions of food, music, vendor artists, and local San Antonio agencies. We are hoping to have musical artist AndeanStyle Acmed Tuesta and the Samba Vida Drum and Dance Company perform on campus. 

Conmemorando a la Comunidad: The Latinx Experience at Trinity Oral History Project
Wednesday, September 20 | 6-7:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.) | Mabee Auditorium, Dicke Hall 104

MAS presents the Latinx Experience at Trinity archive project, which showcases Trinity student interns who spent the summer collecting the history of our Latinx alumni and their experiences at the University through the archive and oral histories. Check out their digital archive.

HumaniTea: A Latinx Heritage Month Discussion
Tuesday, September 26 | 4-5 p.m. | Dicke Hall Common 

The Humanities Collective invites faculty, staff, and students to enjoy some tea and snacks while discussing Latinx Heritage Month. 

An Evening with Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchú
Wednesday, October 4 | 6-8 p.m. | University of Incarnate Word

Sandra Guzmán Book Presentation: Daughters of Latin America
Thursday, October 5 | 6-8 p.m. | Dicke Hall 108

Pioneering Afro-Indigenous storyteller, culture writer, literary editor, and documentary filmmaker Sandra Guzmán will present her book Daughters of Latin America. 

Viva Las Americas
Friday, October 6 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Laurie Auditorium 

TULA presents the fourth annual Viva Las Americas. The show includes a variety of student performances that showcase the Latino culture through singing, dancing, and poetry. 

Josie Nericcio Book Presentation: Rio Grande Anthology
Tuesday, October 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Mabee Auditorium, Dicke Hall 104 

A Conversation with Von Díaz, From Rice and Beans to Arroz con Habichuelas: A Culinary Journey Through Latin America
Wednesday, October 11 | 4-5 p.m. | Northrup 040

An Evening with Anel Flores, Authenticity: Honoring the Power of LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC Voices for Self-Discovery and Contribution
Thursday, October 12 | 6-7:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.) | Mabee Auditorium, Dicke Hall 104

MAS presents An Evening with Anel Flores. Flores is a trans, queer Latinx writer, artist, activist, entrepreneur, and coach whose extensive body of work captures the essence of LGBTQIA+ experiences across professional and community spaces. Their areas of expertise encompass various themes such as Latinx literature, sexuality, gender, race/border/diaspora, spirituality, self-discovery, and radical love. 

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