What is Latinx Heritage Month?
In 1968, President Lyndon Johnson's Proclamation 3869 launched a week-long celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of citizens of Hispanic origin to America's national heritage. Since then, the one-week event has grown into what is known by many as Hispanic Heritage Month. This celebration, which is intrinsically linked to several Latin American nations' independence anniversaries, uplifts the cultural legacy of a group deeply-rooted in rich traditions. This celebration is a vital opportunity to dispel ignorance, prejudice, and fear through education about multiculturalism and the history of Latinx communities' contributions. The Human Rights Campaign has adopted the term "Latinx" rather than Hispanic or Latino to represent non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender-expansive people. "Latinx" also centers the lives of indigenous, Brazilian, and other non-Spanish speaking people in this celebration.

Here is how the VCCCD is celebrating Latinx Heritage Month: 

Moorpark College

The Multicultural Day Committee presents

LatinX Heritage MonthSeptember 15-October 15 Events!


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"Hispanic/Latino/LatinX Identity Labels: An Examination of Cultural Values and Personal Experiences"


September 22, 2020  4:00-5:00pm

Zoom Link:



Join us for an open discussion led by Marnie Melendez, Josepha Baca, Maria Thayer and Nicole Bicakci  (ASMC) with faculty, staff and students in our Moorpark College Community about the labels used to define us.  Are these terms inclusive? Derogatory? Politically motivated? Do they help to unite or divide the Latinx community?  What is the history of the labels we use to define us?



Dr.Martin Alberto Gonzalez- Local Author

 October 6, 2020. 5:30-7:00pm 

Zoom link:  https://cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93747924131



 Dr. Martín Alberto Gonzalez is regularly invited to K-12 schools and universities/colleges as a motivational speaker, and even has a TEDx talk titled, “Boxnard,” which is available on YouTube. He is an awardee of various prestigious awards, including the Ford Foundation Fellowship and the Most Outstanding Graduating Senior at California State University, Northridge. In addition to sharing his message about the importance of telling stories, specifically counter-stories, Dr. Gonzalez will read stories from his social justice-based book, “21 Miles of Scenic Beauty...and Oxnard.” His presentations have been described by teachers and students as “inspirational,” “thought-provoking and very engaging,” and “life changing.”  


We are also looking for students to be featured in our virtual space with art and media for Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). We are interested in creative digital submissions that reflect the beauty and diversity of Latinx people and culture and social justice.


• Submit a written essays and poetry Written word: 

            Word Doc, Email

• A video or audio recording as a part of celebrating our student voice! 

             Videos: 1920 X 1080 horizontal format as MOV or MP4 file

             Audio: Loud clear audio recording as MP3 file PDF/Audio file or Via Email


All submissions that are appropriate in content will be added to our website. Live performance will be recorded and added to the website. This is a great opportunity for expressionism and sharing with MC teachers and peers, friends, family and your community. Be a part of the change! Submit to Dina Pieleat: gpielaet@vcccd.edu

Oxnard College
Details to follow ... 
Ventura College

Join us in celebrating and advocating for Latinx Culture by attending our weekly webinars every Wednesday at Noon during Latinx Heritage Month, Sept. 15, 2020 through Oct. 15, 2020.
In partnership with Classified Staff, Faculty, and Administrators, the Associated Students of Ventura College invite you to celebrate and advocate for Latinx Culture, Traditions, Education, History, and Arts.

The first weekly Zoom webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, at Noon will highlight VC Latinx Leadership. Speakers from VC Leadership will share their personal and professional backgrounds, their challenges, and how they overcame them, their pathway to leadership roles, and their advice for students. Other webinar topics will be based on History of Latinx Culture, Movements in Hispanic and Afro-Latinx Communities, This History of the East Campus and Santa Clara Valley, and Celebration & Art: Poetry, Music, Dance.

Link to Join Latinx Heritage Month Weekly Wednesday Webinars at 12:00 PM Noon: https://zoom.us/j/93788653118?pwd=VU1MM2tXNGNna2NsOHVZeHNDajNNdz09

For more information, please contact Libby Fatta at lfatta@vcccd.edu or Lisa Marie Ruiz at ASVCequity@vcccd.edu.

Week 1 - 9.16.20 - Latinx Leadership at VC

Week 2 - 9.23.20 - History of Latinx Culture

Week 3 - 9.30.20 - Movements in Hispanic and Afro-Latinx Communities

Week 4 - 10.7.20 - The History of the East Campus and Santa Clara Valley 

Week 5 - 10.14.20 - Celebration and Art: Poetry, Music, Dance

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