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Hispanic Heritage Month 2020

Check out the variety of activities and programs planned from September 15 through October 15 to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and showcase RCC's Latino students, faculty and staff.

Join us for these Virtual Events


Virtual Bulletin Board

All Month Long
Virtual Bulletin Board

Virtual bulletin board - with a variety of activities under the various tabs.


Title V-Conexion: Hispanic Serving Institutions Week


A series of videos showcasing RCC as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Daily themes include: Hispanic heritage, poetry, recipes, Spanish language, career journey, Latin pop culture (music & movies), and influential Latinos.

View the Title V-Conexion Playlist


Hispanic Student Veterans Oral History

Hispanic student veterans discuss being Latinx in today's Armed Forces.

Oral History 1: Christian Alvarado, USMC, RCC ‘12

Oral History 2: John Austin Salcedo, USAF, RCC ‘ 14

Oral History 3: Cristian Diaz, USA, RCC ‘ 22


LPP Trivia Event About Spanish Entertainment and Music

September 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15 2020  •  12:30 pm

We will post Trivia questions about famous Spanish Entertainers and Music each Thursday at 12:30 PM, Winners will be placed in a lottery drawn on October 15th to receive an LPP Sweatshirt. Check your RCC email.


Famous Hispanic Sports Figures

September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 2020  •  11 am
Twitter: @RCCHawks / Instagram: @rcchawks

Selected student-athletes and/ or coaches will highlight a famous and /or trailblazing Hispanic athlete in their sport. Each posting will be a video comprising of video and audio recorded by the participant along with pictures and background music. Each listed date will highlight a new video.

RCC's Angel Reyes Speaks About Juan Toscano, Mexican-American NBA Player

RCC's Nicole Polanco Speaks About Brenda Castillo, Volleyball Player from the Dominican Republic


Hispanic Positive Impact Writing Competition

Competition now open
Submit by October 15 at noon
Winner announced no later than October 26

For those interested, please write a 1-2 page, typewritten paper (Double-spaced, 12 Font), illustrating how Hispanic culture has positively impacted your life (Note: It can be shared by an experience, event, connection with others, celebration of food, etc.).

Please send your type-written 1-2 page paper to me via e-mail to bmerritt@sunyrockland.edu by no later than Thursday, October 15th (12 noon). The 1st place winner will receive an AMAZON Gift Card!

The winner will be announced by no later than Monday, October 26th. Good luck! I look forward to reading and learning how Hispanic culture has positively impacted your life!


Cooking Dominican Style

September 24, 2020  •  12 - 1 pm
Join via Zoom

Yonaira Sanchez will demonstrate cooking traditional Dominican food.


Famous Latinx Quotes

September 28, October 5, 12, 2020 
Student Success Email Newsletter

Famous quotes from Latinx individuals will be shared in the Student Success weekly Newsletter.


Get to Know Our Latinx Plant Facilities Team

September 28, October 5, 12, 2020
Student Success Email Newsletter

Each Monday we will express gratitude toward and highlight the personal stories of various Latinx members of Plant Facilities. Each spotlight will be reposted throughout the week via Student Success' social media.


Hispanic Women Appreciation: “Tu Eres Mi Inspiracion”

September 28, October 5, 12, 2020
Student Success Email Newsletter

Various Latinx RCC employees will spotlight Latina women who inspire them. Spotlights will be shared in the weekly Student Success Newsletter and via Student Success social media accounts


Employee Panel: Nuestras Voces (Our Voices)

September 29, 2020  •  3 - 4:30 pm
Join via Zoom

An employee panel discussion covering Hispanic perspectives on the pursuit for racial justice

Moderator: Dr. Helen Brewer, Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Sponsored by: Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Visual Art with Carmen Paulino: Community Artist

October 2, 2020  •  1 - 2 pm
Join via Zoom

Meet Carmen Paulino, a Visual Artist who works on providing Community Art programming in Hospitals, Community Centers, and Senior Centers around New York City. Carmen was raised in the El Barrio neighborhood of New York City where she developed her love for the arts with inspirational murals from around her diverse neighborhood.


Title V Conexión Presents: Turning Struggles Into Success

October 2, 2020  •  1:30 pm
Register for the Webinar

Join the Title V Conexión Webinar as Maggie Cohen and Susanna Santiago engage in conversation with four outstanding Hispanic professionals who turned their struggles into success in pursuit of education.

The panelists will discuss different challenges students face, share ideas and strategies for supporting Hispanic students, and how to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion.

For more information, contact Maggie Cohen at mcohen46@sunyrockland.edu or Susanna Santiago at svargas@sunyrockland.edu.


The Virtual Latino Brunch "Latin Flare: Tu Comiendo?" or What’s your favorite meal?"

October 3, 2020  •  10 am - 12
Join via Zoom

Please bring your own food (byof), eat together, and share a story or 2 of your favorite meal or what you're eating and what makes it special.


Navigating SSB - En tu' idioma

This virtual bilingual video showcases the information available on Banner's Student Self Service portal. Records, Financial Aid and Student Accounts staff navigate all the pertinent areas and present and answer questions in a bilingual format.

View the Navigating SSB - En tu' idioma Video


Information on Spanish CLEP Exam

October 7, 2020  •  4 pm
Join via Zoom

Provide information on the benefits of CLEP, what to expect on the Spanish Language exam, preparing for the exam.


Presentation in Dali

October 8, 2020  •  9:30 am
Join via Zoom

In this PowerPoint presentation, learn about one of Spain's greatest artists. Explore how Dali influenced current artists and his lasting impact on the art world.


Student Panel: Nuestras Voces (Our Voices)

October 8, 2020  •  Noon - 1:30 pm
Join via Zoom

A student panel discussion covering Hispanic perspectives on the pursuit for racial justice

Moderator: Dr. Helen Brewer, Vice President of Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Sponsored by: Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


TRiO Highlights Hispanic Contributors to American Culture

October 13, 2020  •  3:00 pm
Join via Zoom

Interactive workshop for Trio students that will identify and highlight unsung contributors to America's history and Culture. Participants will be introduced to specific Hispanic people that have contributed to our country in ways we may not be familiar with. they will be able to ask questions or add to the information given about some of Histories unsung Latinx heroes and heroines.


Venezuela in the Years after Independence

October 15, 2020  •  12 - 1 pm
Join via Zoom

Professor Kostadinos will be discussing the years after Bolivar’s revolution against Spain and the reasons for the failure in keeping South America united. He will then discuss the social, economic and political struggles that Venezuela experienced in the first half of the 19th century.