Hispanic Heritage Month came to a close on October 18th at San Bernardino Valley College. The SBVC Arts, Lectures, and Diversity Committee hosted several events and activities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. A lecture series ranging from discussions of educational equity, policy and activism, and the arts kicked of with Rafael Agustin, a writer on the celebrated series “Jane the Virgin”. Augustin shared how his family navigated secret lives as undocumented Americans.

Another highlight of the series was the SBCCD Artists Panel, featuring Crafton Hills College English Instructor Isidro Zepeda and SBVC Social Media Specialist Thomas Robles. Both artists shared how their experiences as Latinx individuals shaped their artistic efforts. Hispanic Heritage Month ended with a final lecture by Rosa Clemente, the first Afro/Black-Latina to run for U.S. Vice-President in 2008.

The lectures proved to be an invigorating experience for the entire campus community, inspiring many to reflect on their roots.