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Calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month Events

The events planned for this month will inspire you to face adversity with bravery and to embrace your cultural and racial identities. We will be accepting event submissions tied to our theme of "Embracing Our Gente, Raices, and Identities to Define the Future" from CSUSB student organizations, departments, and committees throughout the month. Submit a request for your event to be added!

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HHM Kick Off Event

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

When: September 15, 2022
Time: 12:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Where: SMSU North Court

The Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee is excited to host our Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff program and welcome CSUSB students, faculty, staff, and administrators to campus. This annual event is an opportunity for interested members to participate and learn more about our current initiatives that promote higher education within our community. 

Hosted By: Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee





Past Events

2019 - 2020 Events
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Coyote Commons – Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month One Menu at a time. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Coyote Dining will incorporate a variety of flavors in the dining hall menu from colorful Mexican fajitas to savory Cuban pork and plantain dishes. There will be an opportunity to be the lucky winner of a giveaway! It will start on Sept. 15 and the winner will be announced on Oct. 15.
  • Sept. 20-Oct. 31 – The John M. Pfau Library will have on display “The Life and Times of Dolores Huerta: An Exhibit.” The display will be on the first floor of the library.
  • Sept. 24-Oct. 9 – Student Financial Services will be displaying within the lobby of University Hall at UH-034 a tribute to Hispanic/ Latino artists and painters including images, bios and samples of their work.
  • Sept. 26, 6 p.m. – The John M. Pfau Library will host a concert by the Sinfonia Mexicana, Mariachi Youth Academy (Mariachi Juvenil) at the south deck entrance of the Pfau Library.
  • Sept. 30, noon-2 p.m. – The university’s LatinX Center will host “El Poder de Saber/The Power of Knowledge,” a workshop highlighting the importance of recognizing Hispanic Serving Initiations and why it is important that the Hispanic and LatinX community are achieving higher education. Discussions will include common challenges that LatinX students face while attending a university and tips on how to overcome them. The workshop will be held at the LatinX Center in the Santos Manuel Student Union.
  • Oct. 2, 11 a.m.-noon – Academic Affairs will host “Now to Career – See Success,” an event geared to giving all students the opportunity to work on their career plan, network with peers in similar majors and learn about resources to help them succeed. The event will be held at Jack Brown Hall, Room 280.
  • Oct. 3, noon – 2 p.m. – The Pfau Library will host “The History and Current Struggles of Los Braceros Mexicanos,” a presentation by Rosa Martha Zarate. The event will be held at PL 5005.
  • Oct. 7, 9-11 a.m. – The Palm Desert Campus will host “Significance with Taste,” a workshop highlighting the significance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and how the LatinX community really feels about it. Paletas/popsicles will be served. The event will held at the PDC’s Rancho Mirage Student Center.
  • Oct. 8-11 – CSUSB’s Information Technology Services will hold a Faculty Cultural Showcase and the Hispanic Technology Consortium Workshop about its services to students and professional development resources for university staff at the Pfau Library Wedge.
  • Oct. 10, all day – Associated Students, Inc. will screen “Dolores,” a film documentary of the life of farm labor activist Dolores Huerta. The event will be held at the Santos Manuel Student Union Theater.
  • Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – The Hispanic Technology Consortium will hold a workshop on HETS Services to students and professional development resources for staff at the Pfau Library, Room 5005.
  • Oct. 10, noon-4 p.m. – The Palm Desert Campus and Academic Affairs will hold “Festival Hispano” highlighting the work and accomplishments of local Hispanic artists for their important contributions to the community through showcasing their work. There will be presentations by local artists, and interactions with students, artists and university faculty and staff while sharing local food, festivities, and fun! Art displays in various forms, including film and live music will also be exhibited/displayed. The event will be held at the Palm Desert Campus.
  • Oct. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales and the Dr. Carreon Foundation Board of Directors will hold a reception to welcome Jake Zhu, dean of the Palm Desert Campus at the PDC Indian Wells Theater.
  • Oct. 15, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. – “Guelaguetza.” The Guelaguetza is a multi-cultural festival and resource fair for students, staff and faculty. Activities include cultural performances, cultural food truck and opportunity drawings. The event will be held at the Meeting Center Patio.
  • Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m. – The Division of University Advancement will hold a screening of “Singing our Way to Freedom,” an award-winning documentary based on the life of musician and social justice activist Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Producer and director Paul Espinoza, will hold a post-screening discussion. The event will be held at the Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.
  • Oct. 16, noon-2 p.m. – The Pfau Library will hold a film screening and discussion of “Stolen Education,” which documents the untold story of Mexican-American school children who challenged discrimination in Texas schools in the 1950s and changed the face of education in the Southwest. The screening will be at the Pfau Library, Room 5005.
  • Oct. 16, 3 p.m. – “The Project of a People: José Vasconcelos on Race and Nationalism,” presented by Manuel Vargas, professor of philosophy at UC San Diego, and hosted by the CSUSB Department of Philosophy. One of the central challenges for modern nation states is how to enable large scale social cooperation in a way that avoids the dangers of nationalism but that is more broadly motivating than cosmopolitan neutrality about cultural differences. In the early 20th century, the Mexican philosopher José Vasconcelos offered an intriguing answer to this dilemma. His approach was rooted in ideals of race mixing and a kind of aesthetic utopianism. This talk outlines some underappreciated features of Vasconcelos’ account, and some of the ways in which his project has resources for addressing recently resurgent forms of nationalism. The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in the College of Education building, room CE-114.
2020 - 2021 Events
  • Sept. 15-16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. RAFFMA Festival de Calaveras. Pick up calaveras in Lot M. Celebrate the art of calaveras! Participants are invited to express themselves through art and design by signing up to decorate a Calavera. Participants will have approximately two weeks to decorate and then return the completed calavera to RAFFMA on Sept. 28 and 29. The decorated calaveras will be showcased in the virtual Festival de Calaveras Oct. 5-15. The virtual exhibition will take place on the RAFFMA website and @RAFFMAcsusb social media. Registration and more information about this event can be found on RAFFMA’s Festival de Calaveras webpage.
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15. The Coyote Series Celebrates: Hispanic Heritage Month. Associated Students Inc., and the CSUSB LatinX Center will conduct a social media campaign featuring student stories and student art. @asi_csusb @csusb.smsu
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15, all day. The Palm Desert Dance Club will hold a Latin Dance tutorial, where they will teach their followers different dances each week. Visit their Instagram @pdcdanceteam2020
  • Sept. 15-Oct. 15, all day. Heritage Heroes: Celebrating Hispanics of the College of Natural Sciences. Facebook @CSUSBNaturalSciences; Twitter @csusbcns; Instagram @csusbnaturalsciences
  • Sept. 16, 1-2 p.m.  “La Llorona and Rhetorical Haunting,” by Miriam L. Fernandez, an assistant professor of English. A discussion on the representations of La Llorona (“The Wailing Woman” or “the Cryer”), a legend about a woman who drowned her children and mourns their deaths for eternity, roaming Latin American areas as a ghost or apparition. Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Excellence. Visit the “La Llorona and Rhetorical Haunting” event page.
  • Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.-noon. 50/50 Movement. Commemorating 100 Years of the 19th Amendment – Women’s Right to Vote! In celebration of the 100th year since women have had the right to vote, CSUSB is hosting its 50/50 Movement event with state Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes as the keynote speaker. The event is sponsored by CSUSB Human Resources. Visit the 50/50 Movement event webpage to register for the event.
  • Sept. 17, noon-1:30 p.m. El Sazón LatinX. Test your knowledge on LatinX cuisine by participating in an interactive Kahoot game. The event is sponsored by the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students (ALFSS). Visit the El Sazón LatinX event site.
  • Sept. 22, noon-1:30 p.m. Conversations on Diversity, “Advancing Criminal Justice Reform: Through the Lens of Diverse, Lived Experiences,” with Dolores Canales. The director of Community Outreach with The Bail Project, Canales will talk about the national organizations work to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system – one person at a time. The talk is sponsored by the University Diversity Committee. Visit the committee’s webpage for more information.
  • Sept. 23, 6-7:30 p.m. Expresión con Danyeli. An evening of expression and culture. Featuring Danyeli Rodriguez, a spoken word artist and keynote speaker. The event is sponsored by ASI and the LatinX Center. The event will be held on Zoom. Visit the Expresión con Danyeli event page.
  • Sept. 24, noon-1 p.m. “Worry Less Workshop.” A stress management workshop followed by a “worry doll” do-it-yourself project.  The event is sponsored by the Student Health Center and the Palm Desert Campus. Visit the “Worry Less Workshop” event page.
  • Sept. 24, 5-6 p.m. ¡Bailamos! Join ALFSS as they tour Latin American dances and their history featuring demonstrations of salsa, bachata, and tango. Register online for the ¡Bailamos! event.
  • Sept. 28-29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Festival de Calaveras – Drop Off. Participants of the RAFFMA Festival de Calaveras can drop off their decorated calaveras in Lot M. The decorated calaveras will be showcased in the virtual Festival de Calaveras Oct. 5-15. The virtual exhibition will take place on the RAFFMA website and @RAFFMAcsusb social media. Registration and more information about this event can be found on RAFFMA’s Festival de Calaveras webpage.
  • Oct. 1, 2-3:30 p.m. “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.” Alfredo Corchado, an award-winning author, journalist, and immigration expert, will discuss his latest book, “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration,” and then participate in a question-and-answer session. Sponsored by the John M. Pfau Library. Visit the “Homelands” event page.
  • Oct. 1, noon-1 p.m. Afro-LatinX Open-Verse. Come and open up your voices, ideas, poetry, and lyrics. Sponsored by ALFSS. Register for Afro-LatinX Open-Verse.
  • Oct. 5, 5-6 p.m. Virtual Lotería. Students are invited to play Lotería, a game of chance referred to by many as Mexican bingo. But rather than using balls with numbers on them, Lotería uses a deck of cards containing images of game characters. The game will be played on Zoom. For more information, visit the Virtual Lotería event page. The game is sponsored by the Rancho Mirage Student Center and ASI.
  • Oct. 5-15. RAFFMA Festival de Calaveras – Celebrate the Art of Calaveras. The decorated calaveras will be showcased in the virtual Festival de Calaveras. The virtual exhibition will take place on the RAFFMA website and @RAFFMAcsusb social media. Registration and more information about this event can be found on RAFFMA’s Festival de Calaveras webpage. The calaveras will be auctioned during Dia de los Muertos week (Oct. 27-Nov. 2) to raise money for ALFSS student scholarships.
  • Oct. 6, noon- 1 p.m.: ¡Science, Si! Hispanic Pioneers of Science! A virtual celebration on the Hispanic/Latinx scientists who expanded the boundaries of research and innovation, and the current scientists who continue to push scientific discovery forward to inspire a new generation of STEM students and advocates. Presentation led by Brianne C. Martin, speaker, engineer, and senior manager for membership relations at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, with a Q&A. Meeting ID: 619 425 5529. Click on the event’s Zoom link to attend.
  • Oct. 6, 1-2:30 p.m. LatinX Cuentos. Join the LatinX center along with the Rancho Mirage Student Center and the Undocumented Student Success Center in a discussion about our voice, our beliefs, leyendas, and our cuentos. Visit the LatinX Cuentos event page.
  • Oct. 6, 2-3:30 p.m. “The Case of Joe Campos Torres and the Moody Park Riots.” Carlos Calbillo, a Houston-based filmmaker, will discuss the 1977 police murder of Joe Campos Torres, a 23-year-old Vietnam-era veteran. The killing sparked the Moody Park “riots” and served as a catalyst for reform in the Houston Police Department. The talk is sponsored by the John M. Pfau Library. Visit the Case of Joe Campos Torres event page.
  • Oct. 7, 2-3:30 p.m. Dish it out with LatinX, API, and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority. Join a virtual program discussing dishes from various Latinx cultures and influence from other cultures. Sponsored by the LatinX Center, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority and the Asian Pacific Islander Center. Visit the Dish it out with LatinX, API, and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority event page.
  • Oct. 8, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Virtual Bingo with the Ombuds. Learn more about the CSUSB Ombuds office as part of National Ombuds Day. Visit the Virtual Bingo with the Ombuds event page for more information.
  • Oct. 8, noon-1 p.m. LatinX LGBTQ+ in Media. Join a virtual discussion on LatinX LGBTQ representation in today's media. Sponsored by ALFSS. Register for LatinX LGBTQ+ in Media.
  • Oct. 8, noon-1 p.m. “The Curious Case of LatinX Immigration.” A talk will be held on the the social trust argument, a nationalist argument in favor of stricter immigration policies as a way of obtaining community cohesion and social welfare. José Jorge Mendoza, an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Washington and co-editor of Radical Philosophy Review, will be speaking using the case of LatinX immigrants to showcase a problem with the social trust argument and highlighting how this argument has been self-defeating in the U.S. and argues instead that a defense of immigrant rights would be a more consistent way of obtaining the stated aims of social trust. The talk is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy. Visit “The Curious Case of LatinX Immigration” event page.
  • Oct. 8, 7-8 p.m. “Cuerpos, sueños y palabras: Más allá de las Fronteras” – “Bodies, Dreams and Words: Beyond Borders.” Join a talk by Sandra Lorenzano, narrator, poet and non-fiction writer. She is the director of Culture and Social Communication for the Gender Equality University Organization at UNAM, as well as coordinator of Culture and Immigration, an international project between UNAM, UNESCO, and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Lorenzano collaborates regularly with media outlets throughout Latin America with the press, radio, and on television. The talk is sponsored by the Department of World Languages & Literatures and Acto Latino. Visit the “Cuerpos, sueños y palabras: Más allá de las Fronteras” event page.
  • Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Southern California Consortium of Hispanic Serving Institutions – Fall Meeting and Special Topics Town Hall, via Zoom. This event is sponsored by Latino Education and Advocacy Days (LEAD), Mt. San Jacinto Community College, Excelencia in Education, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Campaign for College Opportunity. Registration is required to receive the Zoom login instructions. Visit the Mt. San Jacinto College Latinx/Indigenous Alliance in collaboration with CSUSB event page.
  • Oct. 13, 2:30-3:30 p.m. “Guadalupe Gutierrez’s Espinas y rosas and its Spanish Double,” by assistant professor of English, Vanessa Ovalle Perez. Ovalle will talk about Latina writer Guadalupe Gutierrez from San Francisco and how she could publish a novel, “Espinas y rosas” (1877), which was incredibly rare in the Spanish-language press of 19th-century California. Sponsored by the Faculty Center for Excellence. Visit the “Guadalupe Gutierrez’s Espinas y rosas and its Spanish Double” event page.
  • Oct. 14, 2-3:30 p.m. Ethnic Studies & Affinity Centers. Learn about ethnic studies and why it is important in our lives now more than ever. Join this program to learn about minoritized communities in the United States and how you can engage academically with this career path. The event is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Program & Cross Cultural Center. Visit the Ethnic Studies & Affinity Centers event page.
  • Oct. 15, noon-1 p.m. – “Mi Voto, Mi Voz, Mi Vida” – “My Vote, My Voice, My Life” is a youth-centered voter-registration drive; educational and inspiring, including topics such as: why our voices matter, registration, how/where/when to cast your ballot, the different types of elections and when they occur, etc. Our main objective is to encourage voting in the November election. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is the featured speaker. The event is sponsored by ALFSS, LEAD, ASI, the Office of Community Engagement, Mi Familia Vota, Rock the Vote, and the Chicano Latino Caucus of San Bernardino. Register at the Mi, Voto, Mi Voz, Mi Vida registration page.  
2021 - 2022 Events
  • Sept. 15, 5-8 p.m., Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art: Festival de Calaveras. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art invites the campus and the community to sign up to decorate a calavera. Pick up of the calaveras to be decorated will held on Sept. 15 and 16. All completed calaveras will be showcased in a virtual Festival de Calaveras exhibition, Oct. 11-15. Calaveras will then be auctioned during ALFSS’ Dia de los Muertos event on Nov. 6 to raise money for ALFSS student scholarships. For more information, email and visit the Festival de Calaveras webpage.
  • Sept. 15, 7-8 p.m., Via Zoom, El Grito de Independencia. The Consulate of Mexico in San Bernardino will host a virtual celebration of the CCXI (211) anniversary of the beginning of the independence movement in Mexico. For more information email Visit the Consulado de Mexico en San Bernardino Facebook page for more information.
  • Sept. 16, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Via Zoom, “What does it mean to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution.” A panel discussion featuring the perspectives of faculty, staff and students will be held on the topic of CSUSB’s designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information, email 
  • Sept. 20, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students (ALFSS) takes over the Coyote Commons. Come join the CSUSB ALFSS for lunch at the Coyote Commons to enjoy Latinx food, music, and learn about the association and how to become a member. For more information, email and visit the Calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month Events page.
  • Sept. 20, 10-11 a.m. via Zoom, “The Importance of Graduate Education.” Join a panel of CSUSB students and alumni to learn about the importance of graduate school and the opportunities. The panel session is hosted by the Office of Graduate Studies. For more information, email Register at the Hispanic Heritage Month Presents: The Importance of Graduate Education page.
  • Sept. 23, 7-8:30 p.m. via Zoom, “The College of Arts & Letters and Acto Latino presents Dr. Gloria Montiel.” One of the first DACA beneficiaries to earn a Ph.D. in the United States, Montiel describes how she loves her gente, raices and identity. Montiel’s lectures are designed to help students identify and implement concrete methods to support undocumented students and mixed status families in the PK-20 pipeline. Email for more information. Register at the  HHM Gloria Itzel Montiel meeting page.
  • Sept. 28, noon-2 p.m., “LatinX Cuentos” at the Cross Cultural Center. A workshop highlighting the importance of recognizing the experiences of LatinX students in higher education will be hosted by the SMSU LatinX Center, the Undocumented Student Success Center and LatinX Residential Scholars Living Learning Community. Cuentanos tu cuento. For more information, email and visit the Calendar of Hispanic Heritage Month Events page.
  • Sept. 30, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom, “Acto Latino and Pfau Library Film Screening.” The film screening is hosted by the Pfau Library and Acto Latino. For more information email and To register, visit HHM “Your vote is your voice” site.
  • Oct. 5, noon-1 p.m. via Zoom, “Financial Aid Fiesta.” The CSUSB Palm Desert Campus will host a virtual FAFSA (and DREAM) application assistance session with the university’s financial aid office. For more information, email
  • Oct. 8, CSUSB Premier Field, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Yotes as they host San Francisco State. Women’s soccer match, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Men’s match, 3-4:30 p.m. CSUSB students get in FREE. Anyone wearing a Hispanic Heritage Month T-shirt gets in for free. will hold the live video stream. For more information, email
  • Oct. 12, noon-1:30 p.m. via Zoom, “Border Bandits – A True Tale of South Texas, Retold.” The film “Border Bandits” examines the double murder of Tejano community leaders Jesús Bázan and Antonio Longoria, who, unarmed, were shot in the back by Texas Rangers on September 27, 1915. The story is told through the eyes of Roland Warnock, who witnessed the killings and later buried the slain men. The screening is hosted by the Pfau Library. For more information, email and see the film at the screening Zoom link.
  • Oct. 14, noon-2 p.m., “Dish it Out,” at the Cross Cultural Center. Join the SMSU LatinX Center, API Center, Lubos Paso and Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. for an event celebrating and connecting people, families and communities to share the wealth of our skills, diversity of our cultures, and great foods! The event is hosted by the Cross Cultural Center. For more information, email
  • Oct. 15, 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Award-winning author and master storyteller Luis Alberto Urrea will talk about his experiences. The event is hosted by the Hispanic Heritage Committee and the President’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Board. To attend the talk, visit the Zoom link.
  • Oct. 16, 5-6:30 p.m., “Fiesta de Pintura,” at Santos Manuel Student Union South 217/218. Enjoy an evening of painting and refreshments. The event is open to the first 24 registrants and is hosted by the CSUSB Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students. For more information, email