Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

HSI Institution - Seal of Excelencia

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Phoenix College

Phoenix College has earned the Seal of Excelencia, a prestigious honor bestowed upon a small cohort of institutions.   Designated schools deliver impactful services to students of Latino heritage. 

The start of 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month coincided with National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Week.  Long recognized as an HSI, Phoenix College hosts campus activities and discussions throughout September and October.  We invite you join us in applauding the accomplishments of our students, as they prepare to make a difference as professional and community leaders.

                 Read more about PC & the Seal of Excelencia       


Stories of Hispanic Pride


  Stories of Hispanic Pride

Luis Herrera found the support to succeed at Phoenix College.


Luis Herrera

At age 10, Luis Herrera became estranged from his father—and the life he knew in Phoenix.  After living in Mexico as a U.S. citizen, he returned to Arizona, completed high school, and soon discovered a passion for business at PC.

The cultural connectivity and academic support Luis experienced at Phoenix College contributed to his success as a first-generation college student.  Currently at ASU, he aspires to opening a business of his own, and serving as a community role model.

Luis' Story
 "Esa Nena Rie, Esa Nena Llora, Esa Nena No Hace Nada" at Phoenix College


From Behind the Scenes:
Esa Nena Rie, Esa Nena Llora, Esa Nena No Hace Nada

See PC's production of Esa Nena from Oct. 5 - 8.

While the play is known worldwide, this particular script—presented in Spanish, with English supertitles—is unique.  It's the first Spanish-language production retranslated specifically for U.S. audiences; the work of a dedicated team from Phoenix College.  Hear from the players, who are excited to share their art with broader audiences.

Go Backstage
Ivonne Estrella Dominguez


Ivonne Estrella Dominguez

Learn about a recent graduate who found her voice at Phoenix College.  Active in student government, as well as clubs related to social justice and LGBTQ+ support, Ivonne Estrella Dominguez also connected with her cultural heritage through academic courses.

Now a student at ASU, she acknowledges that her professional aspirations—to advocate for the disabled—were rooted in her experiences here.

Ivonne's Story
Frank Barrios, Phoenix College Alumnus


Frank Barrios 

Phoenicians are mourning the loss of PC alumnus Frank Barrios (1942 - 2023).  His contributions, whether they were made during his time as an engineer, historian, community activist, author, or nonprofit executive, will be long recognized throughout the Valley.

Explore how Frank's Sonoran lineage influenced his academic and charitable work, including his recent publication Mexicans in Phoenix.  The book traces the local cultural and economic influences of Mexican Americans from the nineteenth century to today.

Frank's Story





From Fannin Library at Phoenix College

Suggested Reading for Hispanic Heritage Month, from Fannin Library At Phoenix College

Suggested Reading from Fannin Library

Fri, Sept. 15 - Sat, Oct. 14
During Library Hours

Don't miss a special collection curated by PC librarians in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  Explore the digital display page.  





Hispanic Heritage Month Stories

Past Events
Library Lotería from the Phoenix College Library

At Phoenix College

Library Lotería

Mon, Oct. 9 - Fri, Oct. 13, 2023  |  Library Front Desk

PC students, play Library Lotería for the chance to win a small prize. You're also invited to enter a drawing for one of two $25 Starbucks Gift Cards.

Pick up your tabla, which is similar to a BINGO card, at the Library's Front Desk.  The tabla will present questions that can be answered either on the library website, or around the library building.  

The PC Library offers resources about the origin of loterías, as well as the collaborations it's inspired in Latinx artists and authors.

See the next production at Phoenix College

At Phoenix College

The Department of Visual & Performing Arts welcomes you 
to the U.S. Spanish-language Premiere Production of...

Esa Nena Rie, 
Esa Nena Llora,
Esa Nena No Hace Nada

 — Finegan Kruckemeyer

Oct. 5     11 am           Fri, Oct. 6    11 am  &  7:30 pm
Oct. 7      7:30 pm     Sun, Oct. 8    2 pm


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Triplets are abandoned in a forest by their woodcutter father, forcing them to find their own paths in the world.  

From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made—one sister departs to find purpose, another to find adventure, and the third stays put, creating a home.  Years later, after circling the globe, fighting vikings, toppling lighthouses, taming wilds, and achieving greatness, the three meet again, as women.  

This play is appropriate for all ages. There's no charge for children under 13; however, their seats must be reserved through PurplePass.


Trillizas son abandonadas en un bosque por su padre, un leñador, y obligadas a encontrar sus propios caminos por el mundo.  

A partir de este comienzo de cuento de hadas, se toman tres resoluciones: una hermana camina hacia un lado para encontrar su propósito, la otra camina hacia el otro lado para encontrar aventuras, y la tercera se queda donde está para crear un hogar.  Después de veinte años, habiendo dado la vuelta al mundo, luchando contra vikingos, derribando faros, domesticando tierras salvajes y alcanzando la grandeza, las tres se reencuentran como mujeres.  

Esta obra es apropiada para todas las edades. No hay cargo para los niños menores de 13 años de edad; sin embargo, estos asientos deben reservarse a través de PurplePass.

Noche de Celebración

At Phoenix College

Noche de Celebración


Thurs, Oct. 5, 2023  |  5 - 7 pm  |  Bulpitt Auditorium

Join us for an evening of festive music and community, featuring Mariachi Osos del Valle, as well as PC’s Steel Pan Ensembles. Enjoy food, as well as activities like face painting, flower making and coloring stations.  A live muralist will be present.

Students, employees, alumni, and the general public are encouraged to attend.


Join the Hispanic Men's Panel

At Phoenix College

Hispanic Men's Panel:
The Plight of Higher Education

Thurs, Sept. 28, 2023  |  12 - 1:30 pm  |  Campus Vista Room

Hear from a panel of distinguished guests who'll share their journeys as Hispanic men.  The conversation will address the pursuit of a college degree, as well as overcoming barriers.

Erick Tanchez            Mesa CC
Francisco Amparo    Paradise Valley CC
Zachary Romo           Gateway CC
Mathew Sotelo          Valle Del So
Ray Ostos                   MCCCD
Cesar A. Flores         Estrella Mountain CC

Phoenix College students, faculty and staff—as well as the entire community—are encouraged to join.   Pre-registration is not required.


Downtown Phoenix

Mariachi Osos del Valle
at the Capitol

Fri, Sept. 15, 2023  |  8 - 10:30 pm  |  State Capitol

Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with the sounds of Phoenix College's Mariachi Osos del Valle. The group—known for performing traditional, and contemporary, mariachi music throughout the area—will wow you with a concert under the stars.

This public event, hosted by the Mexican Consulate is free to enter.  Join the celebration!

Dr. Christina Marín of Phoenix College

At Phoenix College

All the World's a Stage, with Dr. Christina Marín

Wed, Sept. 13, 2023  |  12 - 1 pm  |  Campus Vista Room

Hear from Dr. Christina Marín, Theatre & Film Program Director at Phoenix College.  Dr. Marín will share the story of her passion, career and purpose. 

Refreshments will be provided.  Phoenix College students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join; please be sure to pre-register below.


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Ballet Folklorico at Phoenix CollegeBallet Folklorico Performance

At Phoenix College

Ballet Folklorico Performance

Tues, Sept. 12, 2023  |  12 - 12:30 pm  |  Sophomore Square

Enjoy the brilliant dance and captivating music of two local institutions committed to preserving Mexico's historic past, traditions and customs.   They'll inspire you through an exhilarating performance that highlights authentic choreographies.  Presented by Student Life & Leadership.

Phoenix College students, faculty and staff—as well as the entire community—are encouraged to join.   Pre-registration is not required.