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Fall 2015 Event Calendar

 Hispanic Welcome Reception


September 9, 2015       6:00 pm – 8:00 pm      JCK 11th Floor Reed Parr Room

Hispanic freshman and transfer students are invited at attend this welcome reception. We are encouraging our HPN membership to come help welcome the student. Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion



                                    Latino Stars in the Constellation of the Rising Star of Texas


September 21, 2015                 6:00PM - 8:00PM        LBJSC Ballroom

The purpose of this event is to acknowledge HPN scholarship recipients and to honor several Latino values at Texas State University. Each of the honorees shines as a star on their own merits and sparkles their own light through their personal work and dedication to the Hispanic Community of Texas State University, the Rising Star of Texas. During this event, each honoree will received the HPN award, consisting of a plaque acknowledging their professional achievements toward the growth and success of the Texas State community.



                                                Naturalization Ceremony and Celebration of Citizenship


October 08, 2015                     10:00AM - 12:00PM                Archway Mall Area

This is an official United State Citizenship event whereby immigrants from different cultures take the Oath of Allegiance as a completion of the process to become a citizen of the United States. The event will be administered by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. This is the first time a Naturalization program has taken place on the campus of Texas State University.



                                    Latino Ethnic Identity: Chicano or Mexican-American?


October 13, 2015                     5:30pm – 7:30pm                    LBJSC Ballroom

The purpose of this event is to address the fact that regardless the term used to refer a person of Mexican ancestry, Chicano or Mexican-American, the important element is the pride each person feels of his/her Mexican heritage as they are united by a common American experience.  This event will include a movie screening relevant to the struggle for education equality of the Chicanos/Mexican-Americans in Texas.  We will also have literature reading related to the topic.  Four literary writers will share their experiences growing up during this time and how their experiences are reflected in their lives and book literary work.



                                                Latino Music Influences on American Culture


October 14, 2015                     5:00pm – 8:00pm                    LBJSC Teaching Theater

How did Mexican Americans or Chicano music influence American music?  How did Tejano music emerge as a result of cultural diffusion?  This event will begin with a performance by Mariachi Corbetas de Austin followed by a showing of the PBS film "Latin Music USA" with invited Peabody Award-winning independent filmmaker and director John Valadez. 



                                                Latino Immigration and the American Dream


November 4, 2015                   5:30PM - 8:30PM                    Centennial Hall  

This event will be a film screening of El Norte by Gregory Nava. Invited guest speaker: Dr. Arturo Arias, Tomas Rivera Regents Professor in Spanish Language and Literature, Department of Spanish & Portuguese at University of Texas, Austin. The growth of Latino immigration from Latin America to the United States is an important development in American history.  Many immigrants emigrate from their counties to the United States seeking freedom.  Many flee violence and political persecution in their native homeland which entails a dangerous journey where they risk their life and their families lives during their migration to the United States.  The film El Norte features the story of two indigenous youths who flee Guatemala in the early 1980s due to the ethnic and political persecution of the Guatemalan Civil War.  They head north to and travel through Mexico to the United States arriving in Los Angeles, California. 



HPN Fall 2015 Symposium

Latinos, Immigration and the Criminal Justice System


November 5, 2015        2:00pm – 5:00pm                   LBJSC 3-14.1

This event will showcase the PBS Frontline film Lost in Detention and Dr. Martin Urbina, Professor of Criminal Justice in the Department of Natural & Behavioral Sciences at Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College and author "Latina/o Access to Higher Education: Ethnic Realities and New Directions for the Twenty First Century" (forthcoming) and "Latino Police Officers in the United States: An Examination of Emerging Trends and Issues" (2015). Dr. Urbina will present a lecture discussing how incarceration trends reflect institutional practices and evaluations by both the educational and criminal justice systems. His lecture will also focus on the way immigration policy has treated undocumented immigrants in detention facilities in the U.S. and the collateral impact on Latino children and their families. Dialogue and discussion will center on alternative programs to prevent youth from incarceration and to develop positive solutions.