Hispanic Heritage Month

graphic reads: National Latinx Heritage Month

Hispanic American Heritage Month

Saddleback College is proud to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month, a nationally-recognized event to recognize and celebrate LatinX champions and their impact on society and culture. We are proud to be a federally-recognized Hispanic Serving Institution. Approximately 30 percent of our students and employees are Latinx. Our Latinx students and colleagues add to the diversity that makes our community and our campus richer, stronger, and more welcoming for all. Inclusivity is one of our eight values because creating a welcoming environment where all feel capable, nurtured, and respected is a priority on our campus. This month's celebration of our treasured LatinX students and employees is just one way we demonstrate that value.

The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month — from the middle of September and concluding on October 15 — is intentional, commemorating the anniversaries of independence for a number of Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua recognize September 15 as the date of their independence. The date of Mexico's independence is September 16, and Chile's is celebrated on September 18.

A highlight of Saddleback's month-long celebration is tonight's presentation at 7pm, via Zoom, of "Los Valientes," a chamber music theater production that explores the artistic and political passions of Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvardoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the pursuit of social justice by Mexican American desperado Joaquin Murrieta, aka Zorro. Click here to view tonight's performance. A Q&A will follow the performance. This event is free and all are welcome. Thank you to ASG, the Student Equity and Diversity Committee, and the International Languages department for sponsoring this event.

The celebration will also feature spoken word artist and filmmaker Gabriela Garcia Median, Tuesday TED Talks, a film series, and more. Events are listed on the student development website, and will be included throughout the month in the weekly announcements distributed on Mondays.

Thank you for joining our Latinx community in our celebration of Hispanic American Heritage Month, and for your continued efforts to celebrate Saddleback's commitment to diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Elliot Stern
president, Saddleback College

Latinx Film Festival

We would like to invite you to the Latinx Film Festival. All films will be shown in Zoom from 7:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on their respective days via this Zoom link for all four Zoom meetings. For more information, contact Carmenmara Hernández-Bravo.

Monday, Sept. 27th: Oscar Winning Latinx Films - "Frida"
Description: This is the true story of Frida Kahlo (Salma Hayek) and her husband Diego Rivera (Alfred Molina), the larger-than-life painters who became the most acclaimed artists in Mexican history, and whose tempestuous love affair, landmark journeys to America, and outrageous personalities made them legendary. Q&A after viewing the film.

Monday, Oct. 4th: Oscar Winning Latinx Films - "Shape of Water"
Description: The Shape of Water is a 2017 American romantic fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro and written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. It stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. Set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, the story follows a mute cleaner at a high-security government laboratory who falls in love with a captured humanoid amphibian creature. Q&A after viewing the film.

Monday, Oct. 11th: Oscar Winning Latinx Films - "Roma"
Description: Roma is a 2018 black-and-white drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón, who also produced, shot, and co-edited it. Set in 1970 and 1971, Roma follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family, as a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City. Q&A after viewing the film.

Thursday, Oct. 14th: Oscar Winning Latinx Films - "El Che"
Description: El Che is a two-part 2008 biographical film about Argentine Marxist revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Part Two is titled Guerrilla and focuses on Guevara's attempt to bring revolution to Bolivia and his demise. Q&A after viewing the film.