Colorado State University Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month Beginning Sept. 15

Colorado State University is commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of on-campus and communitywide events. Activities throughout the month include the kick-off with Colorado salsa band Fleur de Cana, keynote speakers, panel discussions, movies, plays, puppet shows and the 10th annual Evening of Music and Dance on Oct. 6.

All events are free for students, faculty, staff and community members. Many events are geared for families and children as well. Activities for the month-long celebration are scheduled as followed:

Sept. 15
Noon-1:30 p.m.
The Oval
National Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off featuring Fleur de Cana.

Sept. 16
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Front Range Community College
Longs Peak Student Center
“In spite of Innocence! An Extraordinary Story of Injustice, Survival, and Hope.” Juan Melendez speaks about spending 17 years and 8 months on death row for a crime he did not commit.

Sept. 17
5-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza
“El Grito: Celebrando el Orgullo Mexicano (Cry for Independence: Celebrating Mexican Pride).” Celebrate Mexico Independence Day with speakers, dancers, a band, immigrant tribute and more.

Sept. 18
Noon-5 p.m.
425 10th Street/Romero, Fort Collins
Museo de las Tres Colonias Chili Festival and Neighborhood Block Party features music, dance and food in celebration of harvest.

Sept. 18, Sept. 20, Sept. 21, Sept. 23, Sept. 25
Poudre River Library
"Martina La Cucarachita Linda," a bilingual puppet show based on a Cuban folktale, will be held at various times and locations. Contact Irene Romsa,, (970) 221-6680.

Sept. 23
12:15-12:45 p.m.
Lory Student Center, El Centro
"Seeking Your Roots through Study Abroad."

Sept. 23
4-6 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 214-216
Panel discussion on the impact of Arizona’s SB 1070 with CSU professors Ernesto Sagás, Joon Kim, Philip Cafaro and Steven Shulman.

Sept. 28
6-7 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 210
"Alcohol & Latinos: Latino Culture is more than Corona and Lime!" Exploring misconceptions of Latinos and alcohol usage.

Sept. 29
Noon-1 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Grey Rock Room
"Struggles and Education in Latina Women Living in the United States" features doctoral student Nereida Perdigon.

Sept. 30
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, El Centro Office
At this Shades of CSU official meeting, there will be a discussion of the intersection of ethnic and racial identities in Hispanic culture.

Oct. 1
7 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre
“Yo Soy Latina,” a play about Latina women empowerment through the exploration of their identities and experiences.

Oct. 2
3-4 p.m.
International House
1400 West Elizabeth Street
"Guactoberfest: CSU just got a little bit Greener," a guacamole-making contest, tasting and presentation all wrapped in one.

Oct. 4
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 224-226
"The Politics of Immigration: What is a ‘Progressive’ Stance on International Labor?" featuring presenter Norberto Valdez.

Oct. 5
2-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center, El Centro Office
Shades of CSU Milkshake Mixer. Interact with multiracial/diverse student and taste ice cream milkshakes.

Oct. 6
Noon-1 p.m.
Poudre School District
Johannsen Support Services Center Boardroom
2407 LaPorte Avenue
"Lorenzo de Zavala: Poudre School Latina Students Highlights" showcases achievements of Poudre School District students.

Oct. 6
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Northside Aztlan Center
112 E. Willow Street
"Beyond Diversity: Creating Possibilities." Learn how to create a welcoming environment for all cultures.

Oct. 6
7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre
Tenth Annual Evening of Music & Dance, featuring the Manuel Molina Band. This annual event celebrates the diverse aspects of Hispanic culture through music and dance.

Oct. 13
6-7:30 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 224-226
"Secure Communities or Not?” panel discussion on secure communities, a new immigration plan and its impact on people and communities.

Oct. 13
7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center Theatre
El Centro Su Teatro presents: “El Louie and other Post-Pachuco Dreams,” a musical play that depicts the glory and tragedy of Chicano street life based on poems by Jose Montoy, a Chicano Royal Air Force poet.

Oct. 14
7:30-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center
"La Revuelta de la Poesía del Pueblo: Poetry Revolt," poets breaking the chains of oppression through expression. An open mic and special-guest, slam-poet performers runs from 7-7:30 p.m..

Oct. 15
7-9 p.m.
Northside Aztlan Center
112 E. Willow Street
"Noche de Comida Latina," a cultural night to celebrate Latino tradition through food and dress.

Oct. 16
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
114 Bristlecone Drive
"Celebrando los Regalos de Nuestra Cultura" (Celebrating the Gifts of Our Culture). This event, sponsored by the Community Organizing to Reach Empowerment Center, features homemade food, music, and entertainment.

Oct. 19
7-9 p.m.
Lory Student Center North Ballroom
ICONS: Vol. 1 featuring Jade Esteban Estrada. A musical comedy show chronicling the history of LGBT communities through voices of Michelangelo, Oscar Wilde, Ellen DeGeneres and more. Q & A follows.

Oct. 20
1:30-3 p.m.
Lory Student Center, Room 203-205
"Assimilation & the 21st Century Latino" features Jade Esteban Estrada in a lecture about different kinds of Latinos in the United States and responsibilities for the next generation.

Oct. 29
11 a.m.-4 p.m. (exhibit)
6:30-8 p.m. (reception)
Main Library
201 Peterson Street
Day of the Dead Altar exhibit and reception. View altars inspired by Oaxaca, Mexico, and meet the makers during the reception.

Oct. 30
11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Main Library
201 Peterson Street
Day of the Dead Altar Exhibit and Celebration. A day to visit altars, enjoy sugar skulls, tamales, music and more.

Nov. 1 – 2
Various times
Harmony Library Community Room
4616 S. Shields
Day of the Dead Student Altar Exhibit. View altars made by Front Range Community College students.

For more information about National Hispanic Heritage Month, contact Rich Salas at (970) 491-0590 or

Event sponsors include Multicultural Greek Council; Campus Activities; Poudre School District; School of Education Research Methodology Colloquium; La Raza; Parents Fund; Diversity Grant; Museo de las Tres Colonias; Residence Hall Association; Northside Aztlan Community Center; Rincon de Cuentos; International Programs, Poudre; Department of Ethnic Studies; Shades of CSU; CSU Apartment Life; Housing and Dining Services; CSU Bookstore; Intercultural Community Builders; Forces Empowering All Rights; Community Organizing to Read Empowerment Center; School of Social Work; Pi Lambda Chi Latina Sorority; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Poudre River Friends of the Library; Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.; United Men of Color; Office of Women’s Programs; CSU Events, and City of Fort Collins.