Mills College celebrates Latina/o Heritage Month 2012
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.
Month of September, Toyon Meadow
Come celebrate Latinas who have fought for justice and peace for hundreds of years and to this day. Take a walk through the Latina Heritage Month Timeline–Latinas ¡Presente!–which this year emphasizes today's Chicana, Latina, and Latin American leaders. Learn about these mujeres who are changing the world.
F. W. Olin Library Exhibition Honoring Latina/o Heritage Month
Month of September
The Library is pleased to participate in the Latina Heritage Month campus-wide celebration. We invite the Mills community to visit our display highlighting the contributions of Chicanas, Latinas, and Latin American women, especially in the areas of the Arts and Sciences.
Kick Off for Latina/o Heritage Month!
12:00-1:00 pm, Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Suzanne Adams Plaza
Whether 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. This year's kick off features a special Grito (shout out) in honor of Latin American struggles for independence.
Movie Night! "A Better Life"
7:00 pm, Thursday, September 6, 2012, Student Union
In this 2012 Oscar-nominated film, a gardener in East Los Angeles struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had. Spanish and Spanish American Studies Professor Mario Cavallari and student panelists will lead a wide-ranging discussion.
Contemporary Writers Series and Latina Heritage Month present Rubén Martinez
7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Student Union
A native of Los Angeles and the son and grandson of immigrants from Mexico and El Salvador, Rubén Martínez’s books include The New Americans and The Other Side: Notes from the New LA, Mexico City, and Beyond, and Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West. Martínez hosted and co-wrote the feature-length documentary film
When Worlds Collide, and, as a musician, he has collaborated with the Roches, Los Illegals, and Concrete Blonde. Martínez has been active for over two decades in the spoken word and performance art scenes, and hosts the VARIEDADES “performance salon” in Los Angeles. He holds the Fletcher Jones chair in literature and writing at Loyola Marymount University, and is an artist in residence at Stanford University’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts.
Bon Appetit and
Latina Heritage Month Celebration Dinner
5:00-7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Come and enjoy the company of the Mills community as we sample an impressive variety of delicious Latina and Latin American dishes. Live music!
Special 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 who came 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 inspired by the Peruvian Andes.
Free for students with meal cards, $10.50 for all others.
Ensalada Aromatica: Red Baby Romaine with Caramelized Pink Pear Apple, Toasted Sesame Seeds, Queso Fresco, Marvel Strip Tomato Vinaigrette [VEGETARIAN]
Ensalada de Lechugas: Sausalito Spring Cress Mix with Grapefruit Segments, Mango, Balsamic Red Onions, Candied Pecans, Pear Vinaigrette [VEGAN]
Ensalada de Nopales: Cactus with Tomatoes, Red Onions, Cilantro, Jalapeno Peppers, Panela Cheese, Olive Oil [VEGETARIAN]
Sopa de Tortilla: Tortilla Soup [VEGAN]
Crema de Champinones: Cream of Mushroom Soup, Peruvian-Style [VEGETARIAN]
Mole de Olla: Beef Soup with Corn, Chayotes, Green Beans and Guajillo Chiles
Sopes de Cochinita Pibil: Marinated Adobo Pork with Pickled Red Onion, Cilantro, Habanero-Mango-Lime Salsa, Refried Pinto Beans
El Plato Principal
Churrasco Argentino con Chimichurri: Grilled Arrachera Beef with Red Pepper Sauce
Puerco en Chile Verde: Pork with Chili Verde Sauce
Pupusas de Queso y Frijoles: Salvadorian Pupusas with Beans and Salsa
Plus Spanish Rice, Refried Beans, Roasted Chayote Squash, Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Lemon Sauce, Tortilla Chips and Salsa
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!
“Yo Soy 132–I Am 132”
Mexico’s Student-led Movement for Real Democracy
7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 12, 2012, Student Union
Please join M.E.Ch.A. and members of local solidarity group YoSoy132-BayArea for a presentation and discussion
of the “#YoSoy132” (I am 132) mass movement in México, using a combination of multi-media and personal testimony.
As México’s 2012 presidential campaigns went into high gear, it became more evident that the candidate of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI)–which had been in power for most of the 20th century–was being promoted by the media and big business, and that the practice of buying votes was being revived. Young people with no adult memory of living under PRI looked at México’s history and decided that they didn’t want to go back. But they didn’t simply oppose one candidate–they challenged the very definition of “democracy” and the institutions that protect elite privilege. Students began the movement, but people of all ages and all walks of life have joined in massive protests and other efforts to establish participatory democracy that is shaking Mexican society to its core, even while being ignored by mainstream media.
The “#I Am 132” movement–with the hashtag in its name marking its generational identity–has a broad platform that includes: democratization of the media to guarantee the right to information and freedom of expression; “secular, free, scientific, pluricultural, democratic, humanist, popular, critical, quality education”; change in the neoliberal economic model with less emphasis on the market and more state involvement; transformation of the security and justice model and withdrawal of the army from public security; participative democracy and autonomy; and health as a human right.
Latinos in Oakland Public Schools: Vision and Leadership
7:00 pm, Wednesday, September 19, 2012, GSB 101
Come and join us for an interesting and informative panel presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session about Latinos in Oakland public schools sponsored by the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships of the School of Education at Mills College. Admission to this event, which takes place between 7:00-9:00 pm in the Gathering Hall of the Graduate School of Business, is free and open to all students and the general Mills community.
The panel represents perspectives from researchers, teachers, administrators, the school district, community members, and researchers and will address pertinent issues of language diversity, culture, and political struggle for Latinos in Oakland public schools. The presenters are current and former OUSD students; Romeo Garcia, former Oakland elementary teacher and current school administrator; OUSD representatives responsible for engaging with and interacting with families and community members; Mara Chavez-Diaz, former Oakland student and, presently, doctoral student in education at UC Berkeley; and Magi Brizuela, former OUSD student and an incoming Mills freshwoman. Professors Ingrid Seyer-Sochi, director of the Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships at Mills College, and Tomás Galguera, Professor of Education, will introduce the panel, framing the presentations from a linguistic, cultural, and political context, and facilitate the question-and-answer session.
Romeo Garcia is co-founder and Executive Director of ARISE High School in Oakland, a charter school with 95 percent college admission rates for graduates. Romeo received his BA in Theater Arts and Rhetoric from Occidental College and his multiple subjects teaching credential and MA in Education from Mills College, where he is a Doctoral Candidate in the Educational Leadership Program. Romeo taught in OUSD and later became the Assistant Director of Upward Bound, the Assistant to the President at Mills College, and Director of the Mills College TRIO programs.
Mara Chavez-Diaz’s research focuses on educational equity and social justice, particularly working with urban youth for leadership and change in schools. She is the daughter of Mexican immigrants, grew up in West Oakland, and graduated from OUSD as valedictorian while simultaneously becoming a mother, half way through her senior year. She received a degree in Ethnic Studies from Mills College in 2004 and graduated with honors and as the Outstanding Senior of her class. Prior to graduate school, Mara directed the Youth Law Academy at Centro Legal de la Raza, where she provided leadership development, college preparation, career exploration, mentoring, and worked closely with students and families. As a parent at Think College Now elementary school, Mara coordinated the school’s Family Resource Center, fostering leadership among families. She currently works as a part-time consultant for OUSD, supporting pre-K and elementary school parents.
Finally, Magi Brizuela will provide us with invaluable experiences and insights learned while struggling and eventually succeeding academically in district schools. Magi is a former OUSD student and an incoming Mills freshwoman who understands the challenges and affordances particular to Latino students. Similarly, a representative from the Oakland Unified School District will join the panel and will speak to the District's efforts to serve all Latino students and engage families and communities in their children's education to address the needs and build upon the linguistic, cultural, and social assets of Latino families in Oakland.
The Center for Urban Schools and Partnerships of the School of Education, in collaboration with Mujeres Unidas, and the Ethnic Studies Department hope you will participate in what we are sure will be an informative, inspirational, and engaging discussion of linguistic, cultural, and political issues surrounding the experiences of Latinos in Oakland schools. We look forward to seeing you there.
Latina Heritage Month Dance
9:00 pm-1:00 am, Friday, September 21, 2012, Student Union
Dance the night away at our customary and wildly popular dance, featuring DJ Young E! Admission: $3.00 donation for Mills students; $5.00 for non-Mills.
Dinner Honoring Latina Staff and Faculty
6:00 pm, Monday, September 24, 2012
Reinhardt Alumni House
Latina Heritage Month celebrates the staff and faculty at Mills with an honoring dinner. By invitation only.
Latina Heritage Month Cultural Event
12:00-1:00 pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Suzanne Adams Plaza
In August hundreds of Oakland residents and local activists came to Fruitvale Plaza for the unveiling of the Migrant Womyn’s Health Mural. The mural is a project of 67 Sueños, a high school youth group working for migrant rights. The purpose of the mural is to highlight the health impact of the punitive US immigration system on migrant women. Youth interviewed women in the community and worked with local artists to put their images on the 8ftx40ft mural. The mural consists of ten beautifully painted panels, is completely portable, and will be here! Members of the collective will be present to answer questions, and educational material will be available.
Read more about this powerful project: http://oaklandlocal.com/article/fruitvale-mural-supporting-migrant-womens-access-healthcare-draws-large-crowd
Bomba! Afro-PuertoRican Music and Dance Workshop
7:00, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, Student Union
Join Master teachers Hector Lugo and Shefali Shah for a “hands-on” workshop where we will learn bomba percussion, dance, and songs. Bring your drums, maracas, and “faldas” (skirts) or lightweight shawls for dancing!!
Bomba is a music and dance genre with roots in West Africa that originated in the sugar cane plantations of Puerto Rico over 300 years ago. The central feature of Bomba is its improvisational “call and response” character. The dancer calls, with her or his moves, for specific accents and figures - “piquetes” - that the lead drummer has to execute on the drum. This occurs in the form of a dynamic conversation where dancers and drummers showcase their skills.
Salsa! Salsa! Salsa! Sponsored by the Office of Alumnae Relations and the Alumnae of Color Committee
4:00-5:30 pm, Friday, September 28, 2012, Student Union
Celebrate Latina Heritage Month with a salsa dance lesson and sample a selection of salsa dips. This event is open to alumnae, students, and Family Weekend participants.
While the Ethnic Studies Department and the student organizations Mujeres Unidas and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) are the primary organizers of Latina Heritage Month, many Mills programs and groups have collaborated and contributed. This year, overall support also comes from the the Associated Students of Mills College, Spanish and Spanish-American Studies in the Language and Literatures Department, Music Department, School of Education, and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Thanks also to co-sponsors and collaborators for individual events, F. W. Olin Library and Office of Alumnae Relations, Alumnae of Color Committee, Mills Leadership Action of Tomorrow (MLAT), and the Black Women's Collective.
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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