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Latinx Heritage Month

Presented by the Latinx Heritage Month Committee, Office of Student Life, Performing Arts Center, Theatre Department, Spanish Department, Columbia College of Missouri-Elgin, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), Student Government, and Students Who Are Not Silent (SWANS).

For more information about Latinx Heritage Month 2017, contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7392.

Embracing the Next Generation of Leaders

Latino Heritage Month recognizes the contributions made by Latinos, and creates awareness about important issues in the Latino community. Sponsored by Columbia College-Elgin, Gail Borden Library, Latino Heritage Month Committee, OLAS, and the Office of Student Life. All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information, call 847-214-7392.

Independencia de México

When: Thursday, September 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Building B, Jobe Lounge

Join the Organization of Latin American Students to celebrate and learn about the history of the Mexican Independence!

LHM Kick-off Breakfast

When: Friday, September 15, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Where: Building E, Dining Room

Join students and community members for the start of ECC’s Latinx Heritage Month at our annual kick-off breakfast. Guest keynote speaker Denice Frohman is an award-winning poet, writer, educator, performer, and speaker, whose work explores the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and the “in-betweeness” that exists in us all. General admission tickets are $20 for community members and $12 for ECC students. Purchase your ticket and reserve your seat at Pre-purchased tickets are highly recommended by Friday, September 8. Walk-ins not guaranteed.

Latinx Leadership Summit: Rise Up!

When: Friday, September 15, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Building E, Seigle Auditorium

Build upon your leadership toolbox and develop specific skills that will set you apart! These interactive workshops will give you the tools to develop effective leadership skills and stand out from the rest.


When: Wednesday, September 20, 12 to 1 p.m.
Where: Building B, Jobe Lounge

This lively, interactive performance featuring authentic instruments and dance is a vibrant blend of many different cultures that will explore the indigenous, African, and Spanish influences on the rhythms, movement, and melodies of Mexico.

Just Like Us: “What Makes Us American?”

When: Wednesday, September 27, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Where: Building G, Spartan Auditorium

Join us as we share stories of immigration told by our students, faculty and staff members, and families. Hear stories about what it means to be an American and the cost of that dream. There will be a discussion afterwards.

Villalobos Brothers

When: Thursday, October 5, 12 to 1 p.m.
Where: Building B, Jobe Lounge

One of today’s leading contemporary Mexican music ensembles, Villalobos Brothers’ original compositions and arrangements celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music while masterfully blending it with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

Indigenous Peoples Day

When: Monday, October 9, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Building B, Jobe Lounge

The purpose of this event is to offer an opportunity for the community to learn more about the history of indigenous peoples of this country and celebrate indigenous identities, culture, and contributions to our communities. 

My Truth. My Story. My Talent.

When: Wednesday, October 11, 12 to 2 p.m.
Where: Building G, Spartan Auditorium

Come and learn about our future generation of leaders. Hear their stories and experience their talent as they express their truth, pride, and their personal struggles. Your truth, your story, and your talent can be expressed through any medium. If you would like to participate and share your story or talent, contact

DREAMers Advocacy in Action

When: Friday, October 13, 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Building G, Spartan Auditorium

What does it mean to be a DREAMer? Be a part of the solution and expand your knowledge of state legislation and learn how to advocate for the community and/or yourself!

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