Hispanic Heritage Month Observance
September 15 – October 15

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2021 — The National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM), announced the 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” The theme invites us to celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It encourages us to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, and will continue to make in the future. It is also a reminder that we are stronger together.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
“Hispanic Presence and Engagement in Medical School Leadership”

Join us for a special Hispanic Heritage Month presentation with guest speaker Dr. José Manuel de la Rosa, Vice President for Outreach and Community Engagement, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. Dr. Manuel de la Rosa will speak on the importance and impact Hispanic presence plays within medical school leadership.

Presentation details to follow.

Featured Faculty
Explore LSOM faculty who participated in The Latina/o/x Identity, Development, Empowerment, and Resources Seminar and read about the impact the program made in their professional and personal lives.

Jose E. Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Director, South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program

Ashley L. Garcia-Everett, M.D.
Assistant Professor/Clinical

Department of Medicine

Medical Director University Dialysis Southeast

Luz M. Garcini, Ph.D., MPH
Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Center for Research to Advance Community Health

Daniel C. Hughes, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Research

Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio

Yajaira J. Johnson-Esparza, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor/Clinical

Department of Family & Community Medicine

Cynthia Lopez, M.D., FAAP
Assistant Professor/Clinical

Department of Pediatrics

Ruth Carolina Serrano Pinilla, M.D.
Assistant Professor/Clinical

Department of Medicine

Luisa Rodriguez, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor/Clinical

Department of Pediatrics

Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Events

AARP TX El Grito: Miller Outdoor featuring the Pasatono Orchestra Houston, TX
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Central Time
Register here
*Link will be provided after registration.

Celebrate Mexican Independence day with the stirring Grito ceremony followed by a rousing performance that encompasses the colorful heritage and culture of Mexico. Pasatono has focused its interest and dedication to research, perform, compose and promote of the musical Mixtec culture. After a long journey of many years of exploration throughout the states of Guerrero, Puebla, Oaxaca and the transnational community, Pasatono has been nourished by the guardians of the cloud people’s music “living treasures”: luthiers, bass players, banjo players, violinists, composers, among others who possess a great knowledge of their musical culture.

Celebrando con AARP
Saturday, October 2, 2021
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Celebrate the Latino community and groove to Tejano and conjunto music, featuring artists such as David Farias, Street Talk Band, Chente Barrera, and Los Texmaniacs. Also learn about age-friendly initiatives in San Antonio including housing, transportation, health care, work force development, and social engagement. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/Celebrando2021

Facebook Live: Conversation with Dr. Tony Zavaleta, author of Curandero Hispanic Ethno-psychotherapy & Curanderismo: Treating Hispanic Mental Health in the 21st Century
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Dr. Tony Zavaleta, a Brownsville resident, is an author, anthropologist, and internationally renowned authority on the U.S.-Mexico border. His new book, Curandero: Treating Hispanic Mental Health in the 21st Century, introduces lay and professional readers to curanderismo and psychotherapy. He introduces the importance of culture in treating Hispanic/LatinX populations. And in doing so, Dr. Zavaleta demonstrates that the beliefs, practices, procedures, and intentions of curanderos and psychotherapists are more alike than dissimilar. Register here https://aarp.cvent.com/d/7mqdrh/

Conversation with writer, poet, performer, and artist Sandra Cisneros
Thursday, October 7, 2021
7:00 PM

Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her classic, coming-of-age novel, The House on Mango Street, has sold over six million copies, has been translated into 25 languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Register at: https://aarp.cvent.com/events/virtual-aarp-tx-conversation-with-writer-poet-performer-and-artist-sandra-cisneros-san-antonio-tx-10/event-summary-c4ffab66d92b435291645ee86e88eac6.aspx

Day of the Dead Exhibition Virtual Tour with the National Museum of Mexican Art
Saturday, October 10, 2021
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Register by Thursday, October 8 at mysapl.org/events

Join a virtual docent-led tour of the National Museum of Mexican Art’s Día de Muertos exhibit. This year’s exhibition, ‘Solo un poco aquí’ pays tribute to and remembers the numerous individuals from our community, Mexico, the U.S. and the entire world that have died from COVID-19. Register at mysapl.org/events

AARP Texas presents Live the East End Street Fest
Saturday, October 16, 2021
5:00 PM – 8:30 PM Central Time

Get into the rhythm with AARP in Houston as we bring you the East End Street Fest on Saturday, October 16. Join us for this 3-hour virtual event complete with music and art. This year’s list of Latino artists includes headliner Zenteno Spirit and their mix of jazz, Latin, funked-up fusion, and rock and roll. Honored this year is East End legend, Norma Zenteno. Other artists on the bill include four-time Grammy award-winner David de la Garza. So, sit back and enjoy this musical event all from the comfort of your home. For more info visit: https://www.eastendstreetfest.com/

Community Collaborative Zine: “Altar-ing: A Latinx Memoir Workshop Series”
Available for free online download!
Link to zine: guides.mysapl.org/HHM

This community collaborative digital zine is the culmination of three writing workshops titled Altar-ing: A Latinx Memoir Workshop Series with Bonnie Cisneros.  Participants excavated family histories, dreams, recipes, biographies and more to compose their own autohistoria-teoria, or autoethnography, in the form of multi-media altars. This zine is available for free, digital download courtesy of San Antonio Public Library’s Latino Collection and Resource Center.