Latinx Heritage Month 2021

Mills College Latinx Heritage Month (LXHM) is celebrated mid-September through the end of October and is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the Associated Students of Mills College. LXHM events are organized by students in our Latinx student organization(s), with support from faculty and staff. We are looking forward to fall 2021 in-person events, following COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. We hope to also offer some of our events via Zoom, so check back for registration information.

Traditional Medicine For Everyday Traumas, with Batul True Heart
Friday, September 17 | 12:00–2:30 pm | Free with Mills Email ID
In-person Mills College Location TBA 

These days, trauma, or susto as it’s known in MesoAmerican Indigenous thought, happens every day. Everything from the startling sound of fireworks exploding in the city, to seeing our fellow human relatives houseless and hungry in the streets, to living through a global pandemic…much like our ancestors, we are exposed to shocking and traumatic events every single day. From an Indigenous perspective, whenever we are exposed to traumas like these, a piece of our soul leaves. This "soul loss" can cloud our natural essence and leave us feeling like a shell of ourselves. So what did our ancestors do to maintain balance when chaos and violence was happening all around them? What traditional methods and medicines can we utilize everyday to help us meet and move difficult emotions so we can be liberated and free? In this two-and-a-half-hour workshop with Batul True Heart (they/them/aapo) you will learn about:

  • Emotions from an Indigena perspective (los trece aires)
  • How to heal by working with the elements (herbs, flowers, water, earth, smoke, wind, and fire)
  • The imperativeness of relationship and reciprocity with all living things
  • How to make and maintain altars (as an extension of ourselves)
  • Everyday home-ceremonial practices using plants and prayer

Our workshop offering is a part of a broader curriculum at Casa Tia Luna, a healing medicine house in the Bay Area. Batul True Heart (they/them) is a Yo'eme (Yaqui), Mexican and Panamanian-American (of Indigenous, African, and Spanish descent) Queer and Two-Spirit Curanderismo practitioner, community herbalist, caregiver, and death doula. 

For more information, please contact our Ethnic Studies staff at

Past Events

Thank you to all who helped make our 2020 LatinX Heritage Month a great success, with wonderful programming, including:

Misfit Medicina: Queer Economies and Cannabis Politica
Thursday, October 1, 2020 

Queer LatinX Danza Bachata: Healing and the Joteria
Friday, October 16, 2020

Living Dias de Muertos workshops with Casa Tia Luna and Maestra Estela Roman
Saturday October 24, 2020: Ancestral Foods
Sunday, October 25, 2020: Altars for our Ancestors

Monday, October 23–November 3, 2020: Mills Altar Building in Celebration of Dias de Muertos

November 2, 2020: Hot Xocolatl and Pan Dulce/Altar Viewing at the Tea Shop