University celebrates Hispanic Heritage

University celebrates Hispanic Heritage

A&M-San Antonio pays tribute to local artist in kick-off of monthlong celebrations.

As a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution, the University kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month by commemorating the opening of “Nuestra Gente: A Tribute to Hispanic Innovators and Dreamers.” The photographic exhibit by local artist and creator Bernadette Peña is now a permanent part of the A&M-San Antonio campus. It features photos of Hispanic children from the local community dressed as historical leaders in San Antonio’s Hispanic community and other icons of Hispanic heritage, telling their incredible stories through stunning pictures.  

“As a campus with more than 75 percent Hispanic students, Hispanic Heritage Month is always a special time for us,” said President Cynthia Teniente-Matson. “Our institution is young, but our traditions connect us to the past and the present, and we invite everyone in our community to not only visit this exhibit but to tour the campus to see how all our art and architecture celebrates San Antonio’s proud and vibrant Hispanic community.” 

Among the events that will round out the month-long celebrations on campus is a book release and reading open to the public on Wednesday, October 13, starting at 7 p.m. in the University Auditorium. A&M-San Antonio Associate Professor of English and the University’s Writer-in-Residence Laurie Ann Guerrero will read from her recently published book of poems, I Have Eaten the Rattlesnake. Guerrero is the 2014-2016 Poet Laureate of San Antonio and 2016-2017 Poet Laureate of Texas.  

Go here for the complete list of campus events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.