Hispanic Heritage

 Diversity Programs: Hispanic Heritage Committee

Hispanic Heritage Month is the celebration of people of diverse Spanish-speaking backgrounds in the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15. 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.

 2014, 13th Annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration


Restoration: Bridging Clture, Life, and Future announcement and logo

A Discussion of Borderland Hispanic Heritage

Culture: Chicano/a Literature; Monday, September 15, 6:30 - 9:0 PM. Click here to see program (PDF)

Life: Borderland Immigration Issues; Monday, September 22, 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Click here to see program (PDF)

Future: Education Excellence; Monday, September 29, 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Click here to see program (PDF)

Future: Borderland Economic Development; Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 - 9:00 PM. Click here to see program (PDF)

The Mass Communication Video Field Production and Cinematic Production students filmed, photographed, and edited the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration events. This was a great opportunity for the Mass Communication students to learn and practice videography, editing, news writing, and reporting skills. In addition, they learned about social, political, and cultural topics in relation to the Borderland and how their work can help give service to the community.

Members of SoL VOICES student group also performed monologues for all the panel events.

The student videos may be seen at the EPCC Diversity Programs YouTube channel.

Photos taken at the Mentor Dinner may be seen on the EPCC Diversity Programs Facebook page.


Click here to see the Discussion Panels flyer (PDF).


Lucy Acosta was the first woman EPCC Board Member, Co-founder and developer of Project Amistad. Elected to The Women’s Hall of Fame in 1987. The Lucy G. Acosta Humanitarian Awards were named in her honor, and have been presented every year since 1993.

Honorable Paul C. Moreno, State Representative 1967 – 2008, Co-founder of El Paso Legal Assistance, and Founder of Tejano Democrats, a passionate and outspoken advocate for the poor, and education.

Dr. Lucy Scarbrough has received numerous awards including the Burlington Foundation Teaching Award, the National Teaching Excellence Award of U.T. Austin and the coveted Minnie Stevens Piper Higher Education Award of Texas.

Denise Chávez, author, playwright, stage director, actor and teacher, presents workshops for multi-cultural and multi-generational groups. Ms. Chávez is the director of The Border Book Festival, a major festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico.


Click here to see the Mentor's Dinner program (PDF).



 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