Campus Celebrates Xicano Latino Heritage Month in May

Campus Celebrates Xicano Latino Heritage Month in May
Xicano Latino Heritage Month celebrates and raises awareness for the Latino culture.

The Cesar Chavez Center presents a diverse lineup of events celebrating and raising awareness for Latino culture for Xicano Latino Heritage Month in May. Events include an art exhibit, comedy night, discussions and a student scholarship reception.

For more information about the events, contact the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education at (909) 869-5035 or visit

Sunday, April 26, 9 a.m.

De Colores: Painting the CPP Letters

Join members from the 17 active Latino organizations (La Union) to paint the CPP letters. We will paint the letters green, brown and gold! Meet at the Cesar E. Chavez Center for Higher Education

Tuesday, May 5, noon to 1 p.m.

More than Cinco de Drinko

Cultural Center Patio

Throughout the years the media has taken Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday, and turned it into a drinking fest by promoting excessive drinking. Come learn about the true significance of the holiday and about specific drinking facts that pertain only to that day. Amigos don't let amigos drive drunk.

Tuesday, May 5, 6 to 8 p.m.

Breaking into the Piata

Encinitas Residence Hall

Most people think of piatas as a fun activity for parties. The history of the piata reveals many interesting facts that go beyond the playing of a game, although piatas certainly have been intended for fun. Come learn how to make a piata and learn about its significance and history from a professional piata artist.

Thursday, May 7, noon to 1 p.m.

Tu Educacion Ayer y Ahora — Chicano Education Past and Present

Orion AB, Bronco Student Center

Less than 10 percent of Chicano students who enter the U.S. educational pipeline in kindergarten earn a college degree. By challenging deficit frames and ideas that blame Chicano students, their families and communities, this presentation attempts to provide a socio-historical understanding to why and how U.S. schooling  fails to educate Chicano students.

Thursday, May 14, noon to 1 p.m.

Strengthening the Nature of our Roots Keynote by Simon Silva

Centaurus, Bronco Student Center

Simon Silva is a renowned artist whose images are simplistic, powerful and beautiful and about Chicano culture. Silva's paintings depict stylized portraits of farm workers bending to harvest crops, suns radiating heat, and picturesque fields and valleys. Silva says his paintings aren't exactly an idealized portrait of farm working; there's nothing romantic about field work. The portraits portray farm workers as those who are worthy of respect, those who do their jobs with dignity and pride. He learned this firsthand since he began working as a farm worker with his family at the age of 8. Silva will discuss the importance of keeping our heritage strong and remembering our roots.

Tuesday, May 19, noon to 2 p.m.

Latino Faculty, Staff and Student Association Scholarship Reception

CLA Building 98, Heritage Room (8th Floor)

The Latino Faculty, Staff and Student Association will award four to six scholarships to students who have made positive contributions to the Latino community at Cal Poly Pomona. RSVP to Gabriela Contreras at or (909) 869-3308.

Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where Black is Brown Art Exhibit and Discussion

Ursa Minor, Bronco Student Center

The art exhibit opening and talk with artists begins at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Toni Humber, professor of Ethnic & Women's Studies, will lead a discussion on African roots in Mexico. She will share her experiences in Veracruz and talk about the significance of the 400th anniversary of the liberation of Yanga, a leader of a slave rebellion in Mexico during the early period of Spanish colonial rule. Veracruz artists Oscar Malagon and Maria De Jesus Morales will also attend. On display throughout the month of May in the Ursa Major Vestibule, their artwork reveals how African and indigenous roots in Veracruz have merged to become one.

Thursday, May 21, 7 to 9 p.m.

Raza Grad Comedy Night Fundraiser

University Plaza

Join us for a good laugh and help the Raza Graduation Celebration Planning Committee meet its fundraising goal. Admission is $3 and refreshments will be available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the graduation celebration since the comedians are donating their time and energy to this great cause.

Tuesday, May 26, noon to 1 p.m.

Latinos in the Media: A conversation with Wendy Carillo — Latina, Progressive, Multi-Media Journalist and Advocate

Orion AB, Bronco Student Center

Wendy Carillo is the host and executive producer of “Knowledge is Power” on Los Angeles radio station Power 106 FM. Reaching an audience of 1.3 million people every Sunday morning, Carillo invites her listeners to discuss politics, socially conscious movements, communities of color, education and the economy. Hispanic Business Magazine recently named Carillo's as one of the most influential blogs in Los Angeles. She is also a contributing writer for and The Huffington Post. During her talk, Carillo will discuss the influence of her culture and gender on her media platform.

Thursday, May 28, 6 to 9 p.m.


University Plaza

A Quermes is a fiesta with entertainment, food, and carnival-type games. Many villages in Latin America organize Quermeses to come together as a community and raise money for a particular cause. La Union organizations will raise money for student scholarships by selling traditional Latin American food.