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Latinx Heritage Month September 15 to October 15

Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx History: It is our US History, too.

September 15 to October 15

Sponsored by the Division of Student Life, Latinx Outreach and Success Committee, Diversity Council, Latino Alliance, Fearless Dreamers Alliance and the University Center of Lake County.

For more information, please contact:
Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco
(847) 543-2752

Latinx Zoom Backgrounds

Use these Latinx virtual backgrounds for your Zoom meetings:

  1. Click on the images to view these in full size. Then right click on the image you choose to save it to your computer.
  2. Follow Zoom’s directions about how to implement virtual backgrounds in your video calls.
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Big thanks to the Latinx Heritage Month Taskforce

Faculty and Staff: Gema Mariscal, Felix Castillo, Araceli Mena, Theresa Ruiz-Velasco, Dr. Myra Gaytan-Morales, Salvador Rodriguez, Dr Olivia Yanez, Sonia Oliva, Gabe Nye, Carolina Rodriguez, Rodolfo Ruiz-Velasco

Students: Ruben Ramirez, Latino Alliance President and Genesis Erazo-Murillo, Fearless Dreamers Alliance (FDA) President.

All events are free and open to the public!

CLC celebrates Latinx Heritage Month and recognizes the contributions of Latinx community members to American society and culture. In addition, we celebrate the Independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, México and Chile during the months of September and October.

Latinx Heritage Month Kick-off

An evening with Erika Sánchez author of “I am not your perfect Mexican Daughter.”
6 p.m.

In partnership with Round Lake Area Schools and Round Lake Area Library

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Erika L. Sánchez is a novelist, poet, feminist, and cheerleader for young women everywhere. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Young Adult novel, I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter (Knopf, 2017), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and the acclaimed debut poetry collection, Lessons in Expulsion (Graywolf Press, 2017), which the Washington Post called “a fierce, assertive debut.”

Latinx Faces of Inclusion, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In Person: Room TBA

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Faculty and staff from different Latinx Cultural backgrounds will be speaking for 30 minutes each. Complete the registration form for all presentations or pick and choose the presentation of your choice.

During this session, the attendees will learn about diverse Latinx cultures and communities living in the US today. Latinx communities are not a homogenous group. Nearly 60 million Americans (about 18 % of the total population) are of Latinx origin and have roots in more that 20 countries each with a unique heritage and cultural background.

Balancing Wellness: Mental Health Support for Latinx Students, 2 p.m.

In Person session: Room TBA

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Come join Arellys Aguinaga and Glorivette Albino, two Latina psychologists from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), to talk about what impacts Latinx college students’ mental health while also learning how to balance and cope with life’s challenges. You will walk away with increased awareness and concrete coping skills to integrate into your daily routine.

Latinx in Higher Education, 6 p.m.

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Introduction to the Higher Education options and pathways. Understand the different options students have in higher education. Also, a panel of experts in different areas related to Higher Education will be speaking at the event.

Dr. Myra Gaytan- Morales from the University Center of Lake County and Carolina Rodriguez, CLC College and Career Navigator.

Social Justice through photography - Nancy Valladolid, Professional Photographer and CLC alumni, 4 p.m.

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Nancy Gaby Valladolid is a Chicago photographer who is drawn to people of all ages, races, and classes in the moments of their lives that are emblematic of their experiences as human beings. She captures the essence of humanity and reveals the individuality of each subject.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in the Social Justice Photography Contest. For more information contact Salvador Rodriguez at or call at (847) 543-2564.

Documentary “Singing our way to Freedom.”, 12 p.m.

Register for Hybrid Event (In-Person and Virtual Event, Room TBA)

SINGING OUR WAY TO FREEDOM chronicles the life and music of Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez from his humble beginnings as a farmworker in Blythe, California to the dramatic moment when he received one of his nation’s highest musical honors at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.

Transition from CLC to the University Center, 4 p.m.

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Student panel experience: Students who transferred from CLC to the University Center will share their experiences. Also, Staff will be talking about the transition from CLC to University Center and the degrees available and Universities offering classes at the University center.

Documentary “EXILED” and discussion, 2 and 3 p.m.

Register for the 2 p.m. virtual Event in Spanish

Register for the 3 p.m. virtual Event in English

EXILED tells the emotional and complicated stories of two deported U.S. military veterans living in Tijuana, Mexico. Although these soldiers had “lawful permanent resident” status in the U.S. and performed honorable military service, they have been sent back to their birth countries because of criminal convictions.

For questions, please contact Kara Cunny at phone (847) 543-2293.

Alicia Hernandez Legacy, 12 p.m.

Register for Hybrid Event (In-Person and Virtual, Room TBA)

Presenters will be talking about Alicia Hernandez history and Legacy at the College of Lake County, sharing pictures and informing the community how they can contribute to the Alicia Hernandez Scholarship funds.

Cooking Lesson with Don Luis – Latino Food Similitudes / Don Luis Catering Cooking Class, 2 p.m.

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Learn to cook some favorite Latin American dishes with Don Luis! Don Luis immigrated from a small village of Jalisco, México (El Salitre) at age 15. He worked for several top restaurants in Cook and Lake County for many years. His dream was always to own his own business and that dream came true in 2013 when he became proud co-owner, along with his wife Doña Arcelia, of Don Luis Catering located in Round Lake, IL.

LHM: Can't Stop Our Blackness: Black Latinx Narratives And Resisting Erasure by Rosa Clemente, 2 p.m.

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This impactful virtual event is about the Afro/Black Latinx people featuring Rosa Clemente, community organizer, producer, independent journalist and scholar-activist, as she talked about her experience affirming her racial and political Blackness as an Afro/Black Puerto Rican woman and her works that uplift movements that are inclusive of Black Diasporic people.

This event was made possible through a collaborative effort between Elgin Community College, Black Hawk College, College of DuPage, College of Lake County, Harper College, Joliet Junior College, McHenry County College, Moraine Valley Community College, Richland Community College, and Waubonsee Community College.

Book Discussion – “I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter.”, 4 p.m.

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Book club will discuss the book “I am not your Perfect Mexican Daughter”, the participants will talk about how they felt about the book.

Sanchez's “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” is the story of Julia Reyes, a smart, brash, and rebellious teen who lives in a gritty Chicago neighborhood with her parents and her stay-at-home sister, Olga, who never gives her parents any trouble.