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Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Sep 01, 2022

College of Lake County (CLC) is excited for Latinx Heritage Month and has several events planned in honor of the celebration. Latinx Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and recognizes the many contributions the Latinx community has given to American society and culture. 

Latinx Month graphicDuring the month, the Independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile are all celebrated. 

“We are very proud to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month and honor CLC's status as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI),” said Latinx Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco. “For the first time, the Latinx student population is the largest student population at CLC. We are recognizing the contributions of our Latinx community and also celebrating the new generations of Latinx leaders in our community.” 

According to the U.S. Department of Education, HSIs are colleges or universities in which Hispanic students comprise at least 25% of the full-time equivalent student body. This fall, 34.5% of CLC students identify as Latinx. 

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

  • A session with actress April Hernandez, who starred in the movie “Freedom Writers” 

  • A panel about the different Latinx immigrant generations in Lake County 

  • Men’s and women’s soccer games

  • Latinx history trivia 

For a complete calendar of events, and to register for virtual ones, 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 in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.