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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Chicano/Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month started in the 1960’s to commemorate Mexico’s independence, U.S. citizenship and Puerto Rican Independence Day. Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions of the Hispanic community in the U.S., past and present.

Upcoming Events-2014

Maria Mabbutt to Speak at UI

Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt- "Latinos: A Legacy of History, a Present of Action and a Future of Success”

Date: Monday, October 13, 2014   Time: 6:00 pm     Location: SUB Ballroom
Maria Gonzalez Mabbutt has lived in Idaho since 1970 when her family migrated from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Maria’s work has focused on farm worker issues (worker’s compensation, minimum wage, farm labor contractor licensing & bonding, and pesticide education) and Latino political empowerment (voter registration, education, and mobilization). María is a prominent Latina Leader in the State of Idaho. In 2003, Maria was a finalist for the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award and was a 2005 Alston/Bannerman Fellow. During January 2008, 500 Years of Chicana (Women) History was released and María (and some of her work in Idaho) was featured. Her community involvement includes: Board Member for Mujeres Unidas de Idaho and the Idaho Hispanic Caucus. Maria's passion and commitment in recent years has been in the area of civic engagement and political empowerment of Latinos, specifically farmworkers, women and youth. Past community involvement includes: Board Member for Western States Center (Portland, Oregon), Fund for Idaho, and Idaho Law Foundation.  

Maria Hinojosa –“America by the Numbers”

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014     Time: 7:00 pm     Location: Courtroom, Law School
School of Journalism and Mass Media and the Office of Human Rights, Access and Inclusion present a screening of "Our Private Idaho," part of the PBS series, "America by the Numbers." Introduced by Maria Hinojosa; panel discussion and Q&A to follow.  The episode, “Our Private Idaho,” focuses on Coeur d’Alene, which census data show to be one of the whitest places in America. At a time when the overall percentage of whites in the U.S. is 63 percent, Coeur d’Alene and surrounding Kootenai County is holding steady at 91 percent.  “Our Private Idaho” explores the complexity of living in an overwhelmingly white community. The half-hour film will be followed by a panel consisting of Ken Faunce, chair of the Northwest Coalition for Human Rights; Kristin Haltinner, assistant professor of sociology at UI; Norm Gissell, Coeur d’Alene attorney and human rights activist, and Joshua “Hoss” Hoston, Coeur d’Alene’s first African-American firefighter.

Angel Flores Angel Flores: Inspiring and Supporting our First Generation Students

Date: Monday, October 27     Time: 7:00 pm     Location: SUB Vandal Ballroom
Angel Flores is an inspirational speaker, an author and a college instructor.  He is the son of migrant farm workers, and is a first generation college graduate, who earned his B.A. from Trinity Bible College in Sacramento, CA and his M.A. from The University of Northern Colorado. Flores has inspired thousands of people all over the country by sharing his unique life journey.