GCC celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

Food Truck services tacos for Heritage month celebration at the GCC.


Hispanic Heritage month celebrations started in September at Glendale Community College.  The events began Sept. 15 and continued for about one month. The local Hispanic community and its culture was represented and invited to share its cultural background with other students, teachers and employees. 

The art department presented workshop events Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Workshop events focused on how to make a simple clay skull and how to decorate Mexican-style sugar skulls. Students and visitors learned an easy method to build a skull by using clay. According to art department teachers, artists prefer to use clay because clay is easier and faster; also it makes the skull smooth and nice shape.      

nt Union building Oct. 10. The event ran 11 a.m. to noon. Bachata is the third dance lesson event during the heritage month celebration besides merengue and salsa dances.

Bachata’s fans are all over Latin America and Spain. Bachata-state dancing is associated with Latin American music. Bachata is a social dance in Latin culture with Latin dress, like Caribbean dance dresses.

Oct. 11 is the last day for presentation events on the presentation schedule and the last presentation is given by Alberto Olivas. Olivas speech topic is “Aztecs in Arizona, then and … now?! Reflections of a Modern-day Aztec Warrior” presentation location is in SU 104 Suite from noon to 2 p.m.

“[GCC] has a lot of events this month which unusually happen in other school,” student, Deniss Eacosta said.

“I am here to buy some Hispanic food,” Eacosta said. Food truck services include the vendor Waldos and many others selling everything from tacos to taco salad. Many students in different cultures stop by and try the food. In addition to tacos, other vendors sold Mexican food, Venezuelan food and Salvadorian food.

Food trucks will be on campus every Wednesday through the month of celebrations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“These events help a lot of other cultures to learn about Hispanic culture,” GCC student Briana Begay said. Because GCC has the one of the largest international student populations in Arizona, therefore it’s an opportunity for international students and other resident students to attend the events and discover the Hispanic culture.

“There are many students who study Hispanic language and history, they can learn more about Hispanic culture [at this event],” Begay said. Heritage is also an opportunity for Hispanic classes’ students to participate and practice what the students learned about Spanish language and discover the Hispanic culture closely.        

Dia de los Muertos Calavera skull shows will be on display in the Student Union from October through November. For more information, visit the GCC homepage, gccaz.edu.

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