Hispanic Heritage


Hispanic Heritage Month is the celebration of people of diverse Spanish-speaking backgrounds in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 16 to October 14. El Paso Community College hosts special programs, events, and cultural exhibits to celebrate the heritage, culture, and contributions of Hispanic Americans.

Celebration of Hispanic Heritage began in 1968 with PUBLIC LAW 90-498, Approved September 17, 1968, 90th Congress, which designated the week including September 15 and 16 as "National Hispanic Heritage Week." Hispanic Heritage Week was selected to coincide with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua's Independence Day celebrations on September 15, and Mexico's on September 16.

Hispanic Americans play an important role in shaping America and our community. El Paso Community College celebrates the influence of the Hispanic culture in American life.

 2015, 14th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration


El Paso Community College Diversity Programs Presents




Hispanic Heritage Kick-Off

Rio Grande Campus Cafeteria

9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.




Fall Fiesta

Valle Verde Campus Cafeteria Annex

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Valle Verde Campus Building A - 2nd Floor Lobby Area (In Front of Room A2419)

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Speaker: Sam C. Martinez, Author - Systemic Evil: Mat Perez v. The FBI

Mat Perez, Lead Plaintiff and Gil Mireles

Administrative Service Center, Bldg. A. - Auditorium

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.




Untold Stories of Hispanic American Veterans: "Hispanic Congressional Medal of Honor" Recipients & POW/MIA Exhibits

Trans Mountain Campus Forum

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.




Mentors' Dinner

Alfredo Corchado, EPCC Alumni, Journalist & Author

Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey Through a Country's Descent Into Darkness

Administrative Service Center Bldg. A - Auditorium

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

  • Mentor Jose Rodriguez, as Texas State Senator and in his prior position as the El Paso County Attorney, has been a staunch supporter of those in need. He has unparalleled record of achievement and has passed numerous pieces of legislation with statewide impact.
  • Mentor Mary E. Gonzalez was elected State Representative for House District 75 and has been named "Freshman of the Year" by the Mexican American Legislative Caucus for her authorship of bills in support of school improvement, economic development and providing water for colonias.

All events are free except the Mentor's Dinner which is $25.


To purchase tickets to the Mentor's Dinner, click here.



 Contact Us

For more information about the El Paso Community College Hispanic Heritage Celebration, please contact:

Olga C. Chavez, M.A.; L.P.C.,

Director; Diversity Programs,

Hispanic Heritage Committee Chair

Office: 915.831.3322

Fax: 915.831.3326

Email: ochave30@epcc.edu


Aida Black

Administrative Associate

Office: 915.831.3324

Fax: 915.831.3326

Email: ablack2@epcc.edu