Hispanic Heritage Month Events Planned at EFSC

August 31, 2017 - Eastern Florida State College will host several events in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15.

Hispanic Heritage MonthHispanic Heritage Month honors the history and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans, while recognizing their contributions to the United States. First observed in 1968, the celebration initially lasted seven days. In 1988, the Reagan Administration enacted a law extending the festivities to thirty days. 

September 15 is a significant date in Latin American history, resulting in the observance's unusal mid-month time frame. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on that day, with this year marking the 196th anniversary. Belize, Chile and Mexico also celebrate their independence within the subsequent week, on September 21, September 18 and September 16 respectively.

Eastern Florida State College is observing Hispanic Heritage Month through a variety of activities on each campus, plus an online social media contest and a Hispanic countries poster contest. Click the sections in the accordion below for details on each event.

For additional information, contact Maggie Stubbe at stubbem@easternflorida.edu or 321-433-7251.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Photo Contest

Contest submissions will be accepted beginning Friday, September 15, 2017 at 8 AM and ending Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 11:59 PM.

Participants can submit and vote for photos on Facebook, with prizes awarded for the top three submissions. Visit the EFSC Contests page for more information, including how to enter.

Hispanic Countries Poster Contest

Contest submissions will be accepted beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8 AM and ending Friday, October 6, 2017 at 1 PM.

How to Enter

To participate, submit an original tri-fold poster to the Circulation Desk in the EFSC/UCF Joint Use Library (Cocoa Campus, Bldg. 12) within the contest period. Each poster must include information about a Hispanic country's people, geography, location, economy, music and food; posters should also include color photos of famous places, and facts about the featured country.

A panel of three judges will rank the entries based on content, creativity and design, with the three highest-scoring posters taking home a prize (1st Place: $150 gift card, 2nd Place: $100 gift card, 3rd Place: $50 gift card). Winners will be announced during Cocoa's Kickoff Celebration on October 11.


Participants must be currently enrolled EFSC students who are legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia and at least 18 years old at the time of entry. Employees of Eastern Florida State College and their respective immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members are not eligible. Participants agree to abide by all policies set forth in the Official Contest Rules.

Cocoa Campus

Hispanic Culture Jeopardy
Monday, October 2
11 AM - 12 PM, Bldg. 11, Community Dining Room
Join in the fun as we create cultural awareness during this fun, Jeopardy-style competition between students. Topics will include aspects of Hispanic Heritage, such as music, art and culture. Play to win -- there will be prizes for the best of the best!

Kickoff Celebration 
Wednesday, October 11
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Bldg. 11 Student Café 
Explore the richness of Hispanic Culture through displays, art, music, food, dance performances, games and prizes. Javier Molinares, President of the Brevard Hispanic Center and Publisher/Editor of "Al Dia Today" newspaper, will serve as guest speaker.

Latin Dance Challenge
Tuesday, October 24 
6 - 7 PM, Bldg. 18 YMCA
Combine culture and exercise with a Zumba fitness event at the Cocoa YMCA. This aerobic dance craze with origins in Latin America is a fun way to work up a sweat! Prizes will be announced during the hour.

Hispanic Poetry/Writers’ Collaboration with the Writers’ Haven 
Wednesday, October 25
3:30 - 4:30 PM, Bldg. 11, Community Dining Room 
Poets both new and old have immortalized parts of Hispanic history and inspired generations to come. Share your original fiction, poetry or creative non-fiction that addresses Hispanic Culture (600 words max., 3 mins. or fewer). Prizes will be awarded.

Melbourne Campus

Cultural Book Display
Monday, October 2 - Thursday, October 5
Outside the Bldg. 10 SGA Office
Books featuring some aspect of Hispanic and/or Latino culture will be on display this week -- stop by to check them out!

Movie Night: "Precious Knowledge"
Tuesday, October 10
2 - 4 PM, Bldg. 1, Rm. 159
Join us for a screening of this documentary that explores attempts to ban an Arizona school district's Mexican-American Studies program in 2008-09. A discussion will follow.

HHM Cultural Celebration
Wednesday, October 18 
1 - 2:30 PM, Pavilion
Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an on-campus party featuring free music, food and more.

Palm Bay Campus

Movie Night: “Precious Knowledge” 
Tuesday, September 19
6 - 9 PM, Bldg. 1, Rm. 139 (CDR)
Join us for a screening of this documentary that explores attempts to ban an Arizona school district's Mexican-American Studies program in 2008-09. A discussion lead by Professor Karyn Ott will follow.

Hispanic Heritage Cultural Artwork Event
Wednesday, September 27
2 - 5 PM, Bldg. 1, Rm. 139 (CDR)
During this interactive event, students will have the opportunity to stretch their creative legs and paint while listening to a discussion about Salvador Dali and Surrealist art.

HHM Student Club Celebration
Wednesday, October 4 
11 AM - 2 PM, Bldg. 2 Patio
Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an on-campus party featuring club tables, poster projects, a DJ and free finger foods.

Student Program
Thursday, October 12
11 AM - 2 PM, Bldg. 1, Rm. 107G (Auditorium)
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with free, traditional Hispanic food, a performance by Orlando-based dance company Flamenco del Sol and a special address by Palm Bay Mayor William Capote.

Titusville Campus

HHM Kickoff Celebration
Tuesday, September 26
12 - 3 PM, Bldg. 3, Rm. 133 (CDR)
Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at our annual kickoff event featuring a salsa and guacamole competition by culinary program students, empanadas and virgin mojitos by Titans Table, cultural and literary displays and latin music.

Movie Night: “Precious Knowledge” 
Tuesday, October 3
3:30 - 5:30 PM, Bldg. 1, Rm. 102 (Lecture Hall)
Join us for a screening of this documentary that explores attempts to ban an Arizona school district's Mexican-American Studies program in 2008-09. 

Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, October 11
1:30 - 3 PM, Bldg. 1, Rm. 102 (Lecture Hall)
Celebrate Hispanic Culture with trivia, refreshments and a speech by Javier Molinares, President of the Brevard Hispanic Center and Publisher/Editor of "Al Dia Today" newspaper.