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TAMIU Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month Observance with Virtual 'El Grito' Tuesday, Sept. 15 Posted: 9/10/20

TAMIU Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month Observance with Virtual 'El Grito' Tuesday, Sept. 15


Hispanic Heritage Month

Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), one of the Top 10 Colleges with the Most Hispanic Students in the nation, proudly kicks off its observance of Hispanic Heritage Month Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 6-8 p.m. with a Facebook LIVE stream of El Grito.

Open to all, the event will feature TAMIU Ballet Folklórico and fun papel picado and mazapán contests by students. Additional online student events also include TAMIU Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement’s Social Justice Leadership Series titled, “Latino Masculinities” and “Colorism in the Latinx Community,” and a series of Hispanic heritage exhibits, history and lectures organized by the TAMIU Office for International Engagement.

Upcoming virtual events open to the public include a reading and discussion of Mexican folktales featuring “500 Years of La Llorona” and a PBS documentary livestream and discussion of Día de los Muertos.  Event dates and times will be listed in the TAMIU Dustdevil Diversity website, launched last week.

TAMIU Hispanic Heritage Month events are the result of a collaboration between the TAMIU Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, student organization Campus Activities Board, the TAMIU Office for International Engagement and the TAMIU Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Committee (TIDE), said Mika Akikuni, TAMIU associate director of marketing and TIDE Committee co-chair.

“The year 2020 has been a year of unforeseen challenges that prevented us from offering in-person heritage month events, but we are excited to present many of the Hispanic Heritage Month activities in a virtual format so that anyone can participate from the comfort of wherever they are,” she said.

Charged by the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, TIDE is committed to The Texas A&M University System’s normative principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. It is further committed to advancing the cause of these principles by pursuing cross-cultural exploration, inter-cultural relationship- building, and mutual learning and growth through events and activities that celebrate the unity of cultures in a democratic environment.

For more information, please contact Mika Akikuni, at 956.326.2184 or email

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