Brazosport College recently celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month by hosting a number of different events at the college.
Sponsored by the Office of Student Life, the events were spread out from September 16 to October 14.
Hispanic Heritage Month began with a kickoff program on September 14, featuring a salsa competition and a Mariachi band. The salsa competition had nine entries, with Paula Gentner winning the event.
A week later, BC art instructors Molly Brauhn and Jackson Zorn collaborated with Student Life for a Hispanic Crafting event, in which students created and painted Caretas, Ojos de Dios and San Blas Molas.
Two different discussion sessions were also held during the month. On October 1, Student Life aired the documentary, “A Class Apart,” which brought to life the post-World War II struggles of Mexican Americans against the Jim Crow-style discrimination targeted against them. The film was centered around the landmark 1951 legal case, Hernandez vs. Texas. A discussion followed the documentary, with Sasha Tarrant, Antonio Zamorano, Paul Pedisich, Gail Steele and Cassandra Gonzalez participating on the panel.
Then, on October 9, the college’s Gay Straight Transgender Alliance (GSTA) club brought in American Civil Liberties Union speaker Maida Asofsky to talk about First Amendment rights, voting rights, immigration reform and other important initiatives.
Other highlights of Hispanic Heritage Month at Brazosport College included salsa dance lessons led by Cassandra Gonzalez and Beatriz Darst and a closing program serving beef quesadillas and chicken flautas, along with a performance by BC guitar instructor Evan Oxenhandler. The college also displayed biographies of influential Latinos on the campus-wide televisions throughout the month.
To learn more about Brazosport College or the school’s on-campus events, call 979.230.3000.
PHOTO: Brazosport College student Alyssa Pan, left, and art instructor Jackson Zorn paint a Careta mask during a Hispanic Crafting event in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month.