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Latinas ¡Presente!

Mills College celebrates Latina/o Heritage Month 2015

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 timelinecommunity 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

Take a walk through the Latina Heritage Timeline which emphasizes the achievements and successes of Latinas.

Kick Off for Latina/o Heritage Month!
12:15-1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 1, 2015
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 Adams Plaza with music, Latina refreshments, and information about all of the events that are planned for this month.

Bon Appetit and Latina Heritage Month Celebration Dinner
5:00-7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Founders Hall

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

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!

Ballet Folklorico
7:00 pm, Friday, September 11, 2015, Student Union

Come and learn the colorful Ballet Folkloricoand vibrant dances from Mexico with us. Dedicated to the preservation of Mexican traditions and culture through the use of dance and music, Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro will lead a lecture and dance workshop to explore traditional Sinaloense ballet folklorico.

The Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro's mission is the preservation of Mexican traditions and culture. Dance and music are the tools used to educate the youth and community about Mexico's rich and beautiful history. People of all walks of life are welcome to learn and dance with us.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro is considered a rising star in the northern California folklórico scene as well as in other areas of the country. Formed in 2005 as an offshoot of another Bay Area folklórico troupe, Costa de Oro's principal artists have been dancing together for many years, some since their early teens. Several lead dancers have performed with the world famous Ballet Folklórico de México of Amalia Hernandez while other company members have trained in Mexico as well. The Ballet Folklórico Costa de Oro is known for its creative choreography and its comprehensive performance repertoire. Arizona’s Coolidge News calls it, “tightly choreographed and expertly performed,” and the Honolulu Weekly writes that it is a, “treasure chest of Mexican traditions.” Most recently the company was featured at the world-renowned San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival in June 2013.

Movie Night on the Lawn "Selena"
8:00 pm, Thursday, September 17, 2015, Holmgren Meadow (in case of rain, Student Union)

SelenaMujeres Unidas invites you to join us in a movie night that explores the concept of identity in Chican@ culture with one of our favorite artists Selena. Through her story, we will learn about the state of “in-betweeness” as many people of multiple identities phase. Feel free to bring blankets and pillows for a fun night out in the meadow, ending with a special costume contest of the best Selena impersonator!

In this biographical drama, Selena Quintanilla (Jennifer Lopez) is born into a musical Mexican-American family in Texas. Her father, Abraham (Edward James Olmos), realizes that his young daughter is talented and begins performing with her at small venues. She finds success and falls for her guitarist, Chris Perez (Jon Seda), who draws the ire of her father. Seeking mainstream stardom, Selena begins recording an English-language album which, tragically, she would never complete.

Latina Heritage Month Dance
9:00 pm-1:00 am, Friday, September 18, 2015, Student Union

Latina Heritage Month DanceDance the night away at our wildly popular dance, featuring local DJ Rilo! This year’s theme is Caribe Carnaval, so look out for a night of fun and caribbean vibes.

Admission: $3.00 donation for Mills students; $5.00 for non-Mills students. Valid CA/College ID required at the door.

Celebrate with Guest Artist Favianna Rodriguez
Reproduce and Revolt: A Social Justice Poster Workshop
2:00-4:00 pm, September 19, 2015, Student Union

Favianna Rodriguez
Description of Workshop: There has never been a movement for social change without art and culture being central to that movement. Art can inspire, educate, and help spur the imagination beyond the realms of what politics can do. Social justice posters, in particular, are powerful living reminders of struggles for worldwide peace and justice. In this workshop, students will hear a short lecture by Favianna, and learn the guiding principles for effective poster design and create a poster of their own utilizing stock graphics from the book, Reproduce and Revolt, by Favianna Rodriguez and Josh MacPhee.

Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural organizer, and political activist based in Oakland, California. Her art and collaborative projects address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art interventions in communities around the country. Rodriguez partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that’s visionary and transformational. She is the Executive Director of CultureStrike, a national arts organization that engages artists, writers and performers in migrant rights. She was recently featured in a documentary series titled Migration is Beautiful which addressed how artists responded to failed immigrant policy in the United States. In 2009, she co-founded, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.

“Yo Soy”(I am…) Monologues
7:00-8:30 pm, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, Student Union

Yo Soy Latina"A woman-of-color who writes poetry or paints or dances or makes movies knows there is no escape from race or gender when she is writing or painting. She can’t take off her color and sex and leave them at the door or her study or studio. Nor can she leave behind her history. Art is about identity, among other things, and her creativity is political."~ Gloria Anzaldua

Come and enjoy monologues created by Mills students, staff, and faculty to share their Latina/x experience! These monologues are shared to demonstrate the unique and diverse identities of the Latinx community at Mills College. You are welcome to share your identity by creating and reciting your own “Yo Soy” monologue(s). Please contact Graciela from MLAT if you are interested in sharing your story:

Dinner Honoring Latina Staff and Faculty
6:00 pm, Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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 an opportunity to meet Latino faculty and staff and establish relationships that emphasize the value of community within Mills. By invitation only.

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

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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