Hispanic Heritage Month at EvCC – The Clipper
Students from different cultures celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
At EvCC, there is so much diversity on campus, especially the way students celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. This month is an annual celebration for many to recognize and discover their rich ethnic heritage, and for others, it is an opportunity to connect with different traditions and new experiences.
Hispanic Heritage Month is filled with different Hispanic cultures. Although the hardships of the past few years have made gatherings more difficult, EvCC students have dedicated themselves to embracing these cultures through community events, dancing, traditional food, and looking back. Observed from September 15 to October 15, this month celebrates citizens and ancestors from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
EvCC student Yuliana Marquez spent time listening to her mother recall life in Mexico. She learned the differences of growing up in the United States and discovered more about her family history.
âHearing all the stories about my family makes me feel closer to them,â Marquez says.
Learning about different cultures can bring understanding to other communities and break down cultural barriers. For many, it can be difficult to connect with those who don’t share the same language. Since so many Hispanic countries speak Spanish, some might think it’s necessary to join, but it’s not. In Spain, Latinos can speak Spanish, but those in Brazil cannot. Latin America is teeming with Latinos who speak Portuguese rather than the language many might consider standard.
âBeing Hispanic for me means [recognizing] all of our different cultures, foods and traditions from Mexico to South America, âsays Ahilin Rivera, EvCC student from Honduras. “Our accents are changing.”
To mark the day, the President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador delivered a speech honoring the history of âSeptember 15â and his Mexican pride. In Mexico, one of the biggest celebrations is Hispanic Heritage Month commemorating their independence. The Mexico City fireworks display gathered many students excited to watch the monumental event on television.
According to the US Census Bureau, in 2019, the Hispanic population of the United States was 18.5%, making it the largest ethnic minority in the country. Living in the United States is culturally very different from Hispanic countries, but the connection to their heritage is kept alive through family and tradition. As the nation’s melting pot continues to diversify, it is beautiful to see Hispanic cultures supporting each other despite their remoteness from their homelands.
For many, bonding and respecting the traditions of their heritage comes from spending time with loved ones. For the evenings, it’s always “I’m going to take out the tacos” or “I’m going to make the pupusas!” EvCC student Amalia Ocampo spent time with her family at home to celebrate with cousins ââand relatives from out of town earlier this month.
âIt’s a wonderful part of the Hispanic community and culture to know that your family will always support you,â Ocampo says.
For those interested in learning more, you can watch the Hispanic Heritage Month presentation sponsored by Everett Community College with keynote speaker and Emmy-winning reporter Maria Hinojos on YouTube. Want to join a student community and expand your Hispanic culture? Check out the EvCC club’s offerings or take the time to find out by visiting the National Hispanic Heritage Month website.