By Andrea Mau
Web Content Contributor
September is Hispanic Heritage Month and Texas State will be hosting a series of events and workshops that are great opportunities to learn more about Hispanic mental health, artistry, migration, and complex identity mislabels.
The previous topics will be presented by reputable and diverse guest speakers such as activist and artist Maximo Anguiano and from our own College of Education, Dr. Laura Rendon. The workshops will be held via Zoom and are reservation-only.
Along with these speakers, Texas State is promoting events like the Inclusive Excellence Showcase in which projects and initiatives from the university are celebrated for supporting diversity and inclusivity. This event will also be taking place online.
The following are some of the highlight speakers, events, and resources that will be available from September into early October.
The panels I’m personally most excited about are the three webinars presented by Dr. Mario Garza from the Indigenous Culture Institute. Dr. Garza points out the complexity of Hispanic and Latino identity today as many young people who actually have indigenous roots in America are mislabeled and identify as Hispanic or Latino.
In these panels, Dr. Mario Garza will present lectures on the indigenous identity to Hispanic mislabel, the history of the Texas area in relation to indigenous tribes, and also opportunities the Indigenous Culture Institute provides to serve local communities, take on leadership roles, and become more acquainted with indigenous history and way of life.
Another must-see panel would be Dr. Arlette Vila’s lecture on international migration and the mental health of immigrant women. The topic is imperative to today’s issues and controversies and will provide a clarifying perspective on the presence of violence and economic oppression within migrated families.
The Inclusive Excellence Showcase is just one of the resources the university provides to get more involved. The Inclusion and Diversity website lists year-round organizations at Texas State where interested students can find community and learn more about the diverse cultures on campus.
Their website also supplies a calendar with all the Inclusion and Diversity events and speakers covering but not limited to Hispanic heritage.
The Hispanic student body makes up 39% of Texas State students. As a campus, we need to find more ways to both celebrate and support those communities so their heritage is not something oppressed but flourishing within our school environment.
Hispanic Heritage Month is the first step to becoming better educated and inclusive of the multitude of identities and cultures present on our campus. This diversity is something to be proud of and held up as a standard for our university.
These events are reservation-only so make sure to grab your spot quickly. With six separate lectures on numerous topics, one is bound to pique your interest. These events have something for everyone and will be an enriching experience for every participant.
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