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CLC celebrates Latinx Heritage Month

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 10, 2021

College of Lake County (CLC) is excited to be partially back in person this year for a celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. Running from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, the month celebrates and recognizes the many contributions the Latinx community has given to American society and culture.

Latinx Heritage“The Latinx Heritage Month is a great opportunity for CLC to recognize the contributions of Latinx in our community and to discuss how we can eliminate the systematic disparities in all communities, especially Latinx communities,” said Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco, Latinx student outreach and programs coordinator. “By celebrating Latinx Heritage Month we are sending a clear message to our Latinx students: ‘You are welcome here.’”

During the month, the Independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, México and Chile are all celebrated.

As a Hispanic Serving Institution, 39 percent of CLC’s student body identifies as Latinx.

Numerous events open to the public are slated for the month-long celebration, in-person and virtual. These include:

  • An evening with Erika Sánchez, author of “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter”
  • Learning about the diverse Latinx communities living in the United States today
  • Latinx psychologists Arellys Aguinaga and Glorivette Albino talking about what impacts Latinx college students’ mental health
  • The documentary “Singing our way to Freedom” about Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez
  • Cooking lessons with Don Luis
  • A virtual event about Afro/Black Latinx people with Rosa Clemente

For a complete calendar of events, visit the Latinx Heritage Month page.

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.