National Hispanic Heritage Month – September 20

September 20, 2022 

Dear Berkeley City College community – 

Beginning September 15 through October 15, we observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the contributions of Hispanic/Latinx communities to the United States and the importance of Americans whose ancestry originates from Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. As a Chicana and first-generation college graduate and professional, I’m proud to be in community with each of you at Berkeley City College, a college that has a vibrant Latinx representation in our student body and employees 

As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Berkeley City College is dedicated to expanding educational opportunities and improving academic access to Latinx and Chicanx students. You can see this firsthand in our thriving Society of Scholars Puente Learning community, the Undocumented Resource center that provides critical resources for our undocumented communities, and the continued work of the Conocimiento Los Caminos program supporting Latinx and other students of color in retention and graduation.  

I am extremely proud of the collective work from our administration, faculty, and classified professionals towards building a community college committed to equity, racial justice, and student success for these historically minoritized communities. Our institutional growth in serving the needs of Latinx students and their families has put us in a strong position to be considered a thought leader and institutional model for community colleges.  Next week, I will have the opportunity to join HSI college leaders at the Excelencia in Education convening in Washington, DC, which will include the recognition of four-evidence based programs for accelerating Latino student success in higher education.  I believe that Berkeley City College can be a top contender and finalist for the 202Celebración de Excelencia award, given our increased numbers of Latinx students who complete and transfer to a four-year institution 

Berkeley City College colleagues have organized an exciting schedule of events celebrating BCC’s Latinx Heritage Month, encompassing all students that identify as Latina, Latino, Latinx, and Chicanx. Everyone is welcome to connect, build community, and celebrate excellence among the Latinx community.  


  • Thursday, September 22nd 12:20pm  1:20pm at the BCC Atrium: Opening Celebration & Community Blessing with Dr. Naomi Quiñonez 

  • Friday, September 23rd 5:30pm – 9:30pm at the BCC Amphitheater: Film Screening of Simulacros de Liberación (Drills of Liberation). Dinner will be served followed by the screening and Q&A with film maker Juan C. Dávila. 

  • Tuesday, September 27th 12:30pm – 3:00pm at the BCC Auditorium: Film screening of “War of the Flea: Fight for Xicano Studies” with a Q&A with film maker Dr. Ernesto Todd Mireles. 

  • Thursday, September 29th 11:00am – 12:15pm: Writing Workshop with poet and author Dr. Naomi Quiñonez, hosted by Puente. 

  • Thursday, October 6th 11:30am – 2:00pm: “Unidos En Nuestra Visión” Pachanga at La Placita” (Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, 2151 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way) Join us for tacos, live music, and BCC resources 

I look forward to seeing many of you at these events and encourage you to share broadly with students, your family and friends, and our local community partners.  

En Comunidad, 

Dr. Angélica Garcia, President

Berkeley City College