SAN MARCOS: Hispanics Include Indigenous Heritage – Oct 9

Dear Friends and Relations: Below is a reminder of an upcoming event where our Dr. Garza will be speaking at 10:30 AM, Cuicani In Xochitl will perform at 11:30 AM, and our Institute’s booth will display information. We hope to see you this Saturday!

WHAT: 1st Annual Community Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration — FREE to the Public

WHEN: Saturday, October 9, 2010 —- 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM

WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center, 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX

WHO: Uniendo Nuestras Organizaciones, Texas State University Hispanic Policy Network (HPN) and Indigenous Cultures Institute

CONTACT: Fidencio Leija, UNO President, (512) 757-4907, E-mail: SomosUNO, www.UNOtexas.com

Uniendo Nuestras Organizaciones (UNO), a newly founded and recognized student organization at Texas State University, Hispanic Policy Network (HPN) and Indigenous Cultures Institute, among other sponsors, will host the 1st Annual Community Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on Saturday, October 9 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center in San Marcos from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at no charge.

UNO’s mission is to unite all Latino student organizations and bridge the gap between the San Marcos community and university. HPN is a staff and faculty organization committed to the improvement of higher education opportunities for Hispanics. Indigenous Cultures Institute provides education and information about the Hispanics’ indigenous heritage.

“We are expecting a huge turnout,” UNO President and Founder Fidencio Leija said, “The local Hispanic community, Texas State students, and visitors, all coming together to celebrate our heritage.” The event’s theme is Latinos: Past, Present & Future.

The Past will be featured in the morning session, with Aztec dancers, an indigenous identity presentation by Dr. Mario Garza, and Latino speakers in education.

The first half of the afternoon will open with the Present Latinos segment, which consists of remarks by UNO, and performances by Texas State University’s Mariachi Nueva Generación and Grupo Folclórico Ocotochtli. Highlighting this segment will be San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro presenting “Latinos in Politics.”

The third part of the event, Future Latinos, will feature Mariachi Infantil, followed by the presentation “Latino Issues Today” by LULAC State Director Joe Cárdenas II.

Other guest speakers and presentations include Dr. Andrés Guerrero, author of “Chicano Theology” and Dr. Leticia Garza Falcón, author of “Gente Decente: A Borderlands Response to the Rhetoric of Dominance”.

SOAR will present their 3rd Annual San Marcos Education Fair in conjunction with the festivities. Texas State University student organizations and local political candidates will have information booths at the event.

Intermissions will include live DJ performances. Free food will be provided throughout the entire event catered by Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa & Conference Center.

Sponsors of the event include Indigenous Cultures Institute, SOAR (Seeking Opportunities, Achieving Results), the City of San Marcos, Hispanic Policy Network (HPN), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, McCoy’s Building Supply, UNO and other valued sponsors.

“We are honored to have such generous sponsors supporting our event,” Amanda Pena, UNO Vice President of Administration, said, “They are making our dream a reality.”

All entertainment and food is free and open to the public.

Donations can still be made online at www.IndigenousCultures.org by clicking on DONATE NOW located at the top right corner of the home page or mail checks payable to Indigenous Cultures Institute, P.O. BOX 1414, San Marcos, Texas 78667.

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