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Latinas ¡Presente!

Mills College celebrates Latina/o Heritage Month 2013

September is important for Latinas/os and Latin Americans, as Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence during this month. In the US, Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month has for decades officially honored their histories, cultures and contributions. Here at Mills Latina Heritage Month has for years honored Chicanas and Latinas every September through a diverse, month-long series of cultural, social, and community events that particularly celebrate our indigenous, African, immigrant, and activist roots. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open to the public.

Time Line
Month of September, Toyon Meadow

timelineTake a walk through the Latina Heritage Timeline which this year emphasizes the achievement and success stories of today's Latina graduates from Mills. Learn about where they come from, what motivates them, and the success they found attending Mills.

Kick Off for Latina/o Heritage Month!
12:00-1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Suzanne Adams Plaza

kick off Latina Heritage MonthWhether it's through guest speakers, workshops, films, music, dancing or poetry, Latina Heritage Month brings you expression through art and activism. Celebrate the kick off of Latina Heritage Month on Adam's Plaza with music, Latina refreshments, and information about all of the events that are planned for this month.

Movie Night! "Como Agua Para Chocolate"
7:00 pm, Thursday, September 5, 2013, Student Union

Mujeres Unidas invites you to come and enjoy a movie night that explores on the theme of women and the kitchen. We will begin by watching "Como Agua Para Chocolate" and then have a quick discussion. What is your relationship with the kitchen. Love it? Hate it? We'll talk all about it while enjoying some delicious treats!

"Based on the best-selling novel by Laura Esquival, this internationally popular romantic fable from Mexico centers on a young woman who discovers that her cooking has magical effects. The tale's heroine, Tita, is the youngest of three daughters in a traditional Mexican family. Bound by tradition to remain unmarried while caring for her aging mother, Tita nevertheless falls in love with a handsome young man named Pedro. Pedro returns her affection, but he cannot overcome her family's disapproval, and he instead marries Tita's elder sister. The lovestruck young woman is brutally disappointed, and her sadness has such force that it infects her cooking: all who eat it her feel her heartbreak with the same intensity. This newly discovered power continues to manifest itself after the wedding, as Tita and Pedro, overcome by their denied love, embark on a secret affair. Director Alfonso Arau, Esquival's husband at the time, presents the acts of love and cooking with the same glossy, sensual sheen. Indeed, despite occasional digressions into a magical realist tone, the film often takes on the gloss of Hollywood romance. This combination of traditional melodrama and exotic fairy tale proved extremely popular with audiences, particularly in the United States, where it became one of the highest grossing foreign language films at the time." ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

From the Fields to the Plate
7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Student Union

This event explores the relationships to food within the Latin@ community, within the context of the farmer workers’ movement. The migrant worker and farm worker identities are salient within the Latina/o community. How do our working relationships with food and the produce industry affect our personal relationships with food? What are the connections between migrant workers’ rights and food justice? How can Mills community members advocate for workers’ rights and food justice locally?

Through the stories and experiences of four guest speakers we will explore these questions. Guest speakers include:
Maximino Lopez, former farm worker in the Gilroy-Watsonville, CA area during the early 1980s
Maya Salsedo, current Mills student and food justice advocate majoring in Ethnic Studies
Leslie Panion, General Manager of Dining Services @ Mills College

Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC).

Bon Appetit and Latina Heritage Month Celebration Dinner
5:00-7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Founders Hall

Come and enjoy the company of the Mills community as we sample an impressive variety of delicious Latina and Latin American dishes.

Bamboo PeruSpecial guests Bamboo Peru will be serenading us with authentic Peruvian Andes music during dinner. Jaime Alvaro, leader of the musical group Bamboo Peru, is a Peruvian born of indigenous parents from a village in the Andes, where he spent a great part of his childhood. It was in the Quechuan language that he heard his grandmother recount stories from his ancestors. These stories are reflected in his musical compositions.

Free for students with meal cards, $10.50 for all others.

Red Baby Romaine with Caramelized Pink Pear Apple, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Queso Fresco, Marvel Strip Tomato Vinaigrette

Arugula with Grapefruit Segments, Mango, Balsamic Red Onions, Candied Pecans, Pear Vinaigrette

Cactus with Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cilantro, Jalapeno Peppers, Cotija Cheese, Olive Oil

Sopa de Tortilla: Tortilla Soup [VEGAN]

Crema de Champinones: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Peruvian-Style [VEGETARIAN]

Sopes de Cochinita Pibil: Marinated Adobo Pork with Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro, Habanero-Mango-Lime Salsa, Refried Pinto Beans on sopes (tortilla shells)

El Plato Principal
Churrasco Argentino con Chimichurri: Grilled Arrachera Beef with Red Pepper Sauce

Puerco en Chile Verde: Pork with Chili Verde Sauce

Brazilian Chicken

Plus Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Roasted Chayote Squash, Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Lemon Sauce, Tortilla Chips and Salsa

Aguas Frescas
Mango y Menta: Mango, Mint

Guayaba, Mandarina y Naranja: Guava, Mandarine, Orange

Horchata: Rice Milk

Lo Dulce y Lo Bueno
Arroz con Leche: Rice Pudding with Caramelized Crème Brule [Vegetarian]

Flan de Cajeta: Butterscotch Flan with Cinnamon [Vegetarian]

Our thanks to Bon Appetit for their preparation of this delicious menu!

Latino Empowerment Comedian Ernie G!
7:00-900, Friday, September 13, 2013, Lisser Theater

Mujeres Unidas is extremely excited to present Ernie G, one of the today's top Latino comedians! A native of Los Angeles and graduate ofLoyola Marymount University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies, his performances range from SíTV and Galavisión to Comedy Central and BET. He specializes in what he calls "Latino Edutainment", using both laughter and empowerment "with a Latino Flavor" which has allowed him to work with a wide range of corporations and organizations. In recent years, he has focused on work with Latina/o students including the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and as keynote speaker for UCLA's 32nd Annual RAZA Graduation. Through his hilarious and inspiring messages, he portrays and honors us as Latina scholars by also paying honor and respect to our families, communities, and our roots. This will be his first time performing at Mills and we are very excited to welcome him!

Social Justice Beyond the Classroom Discussion Group: Intersectionality in Latina/os
4:00-600, Wednesday, September 25, 2013, Solidarity Lounge

Do you want to learn about social justice theories and concepts that connect to your academic field AND your lived/witnessed experience? Are you looking to find personal and collective self-awareness and healing? Then this is the space for you!

Join us as we bridge social justice from academia to our personal lives through reading, reflection, and conversation! This edition will focus on intersectionality within the Latin@ identity in honor of Latina Heritage Month.

Co-sponsored by the Social Justice Resource Center (SJRC).

"Spotlight in Latina/o-America"
7:00 pm, Thursday, September 26, 2013, GSB 101

As part of Latina Heritage Month, Mujeres Unidas is proud to present "Spotlight in Latina/o America." Inspired by the TED-talks "Ideas Worth Spreading," this event seeks to provide a space "...that offers free knowledge and inspiration..." to provoke further conversations. Consequently, this evening's presentation will cover the ideas researched by our Mills student body interests in the Latin American populations from our own Latin@s on campus. Additionally, this event seeks to encourage our fellow Mills students to join on-campus research labs and inspire student research inquiry.

Latina Heritage Month Dance-Havana Nights
9:00 pm-1:00 am, Friday, September 27, 2013, Student Union

Dance the night away at our wildly popular dance, featuring DJ Young E! Admission: $3.00 donation for Mills students; $5.00 for non-Mills students. Valid CA/College ID required at the door.

Dinner Honoring Latina Staff and Faculty
6:00 pm, Monday, September 30, 2013
Reinhardt Alumni House

The LHM Faculty and Staff Appreciation Dinner is an occasion to celebrate and thank the faculty and staff for their donated time and inspiring dedication. This event gives Mujeres Unidas opportunity to meet Latino faculty and staff and establish relationships that emphasize the value of community within Mills. In addition to a night of delightful food and entertainment, there will be a silent auction on a showcase of artwork that underlines the bright spiritual essence of what it means to be Latina. By invitation only.

Mujeres Unidas, Ethnic Studies Department, Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center, and the Associated Students of Mills College.

Ethnic Studies Fund
Mills College Heritage Months are supported in part by the Ethnic Studies Fund. To learn about and donate to the Fund, please click here: Ethnic Studies Fund. Many thanks for your generosity in support of Ethnic Studies and students of color at Mills.

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