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September 15 - October 15 is officially Chican@ Latin@ Heritage Month.  Check out CSUMB's programs and events this year in honor of this special time!  

  • Click here to download a full version of the Chican@ Latin@ Heritage Month 2013 Calendar!
  • The CSUMB Library also provides many materials related to the events, topics, and themes of this month.  Click here to find out more!

September 5

Luis Valdez "Valley of the Heart" | 5PM departure | Student Center

Join 50 of your fellow students for a dramatic performance of the newest play by legendary writer and director, Luis Valdez.  Valley of the Heart is a love story, the dramatic interaction of two share cropping families during WWII.  Limited Seating Available. Contact Tim Bills ( for more information or visit

September 11

Mariachi Night | 9:45-11:00PM | Bldg. 53 Quad

A celebration of Mexican Independence. Enjoy live Mariachi and a recitation of "El Grito de Dolores" - A Cry for Independence. Contact Luis Aguirre ( for more information. 

September 13

El Grito | 9:00PM-1:00AM | University Center Ballroom

A dance in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Enjoy a DJ, Banda Sinaloense and Grupo Norteno.  Contact Luis Aguirre ( for more information.

October 8

Luis Valdez: Chicano Activist & Founder of El Teatro Campesino 
7:00PM (Doors open at 6:30) | World Theater 

Founder and artistic director of El Teatro Campesino will present a talk on his experiences in the United Farmworkers Union, reflections on the Chican@ movement, and utilizing theater as a tool towards activism and social change. Free for CSUMB staff, faculty, and students with Otter ID.  Contact rita zhang ( for more information. 

October 18

Sugar Skull Workshop | 10:00AM-3:00PM | Building 72

Learn how to make your own sugar skulls! Please bring your own white sugar. For more information contact Gail Salgado (

October 30

Carlos Andres Gomez | 8:00PM (Doors open at 7:45) | BBC

Carlos Andrés Gómez is an award-winning poet, actor, and writer from New York City. The author of the coming-of-age memoir Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood; nominated for the Pushcart Prize and named Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards, he costarred in Spike Lee's #1 movie Inside Man with Denzel Washington; appeared in the sixth season of HBO's Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry. He has headlined festivals all over the world, including South Africa, Ireland, Spain, Canada, the U.K., and, most recently, as Guest of Honor at the Berlin International Literature Festival in Germany.

A former social worker and inner-city public school teacher, he grew up the child of a United Nations, diplomat and indigenous rights advocate, moving twelve times before graduating high school while living in four countries. He has lectured and performed at more than 200 colleges and universities, given a dozen keynote addresses, and facilitated countless workshops. He continues to tour the globe.  Contact Shanna Kinzel ( for more information. 

October 31

Dia de los Muertos Celebration | 5:00PM starting at Student Center then moving to VPA building for celebration starting at 6:00PM

A celebration of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), an annual celebration of our loved ones who have passed on. For more information contact Gail Salgado (