An exhibit by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist José Galvez will be the signature event as The University of Toledo celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.
“We are excited to work with Carlson Library on this display of César Chávez and the farmworker movement,” Aleiah Jones, program coordinator with the Office of Multicultural Student Success, said.
Camera in hand, Galvez began taking photos for The Arizona Daily Star before moving to California to work for The Los Angeles Times, where he was the first Mexican-American on staff. He was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 for a series on Latino life in southern California.
His lenses also focused on Chávez as he negotiated contracts with farm owners and inspired workers to create the United Farm Workers.
“El Movimiento” will be on display from Tuesday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Oct. 11 on the first floor of Carlson Library. The free exhibit can be seen during library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
“This year we are exposing our UToledo community to local nonprofits that are doing work in the Toledo area,” Jones said. “Adelante, the Latino resource center, will host a kickoff with Bachata Heightz as the headliner Saturday, Sept. 14. We also will be attending the Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center Fall Fest Friday, Oct. 4. Both events require tickets and can be reserved through InvoNet.
“It is more important than ever that the University celebrate the impact and influence of Hispanics and Latinx people during Hispanic Heritage Month,” Jones said.
Listed by date, events facilitated through the Office of Multicultural Student Success and the Latino Student Union include:
• Wednesday, Sept. 11 — Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thompson Student Union table near South Dining Hall. Stop by to learn the history of the month and to hear more about the events that are planned.
• Saturday, Sept. 14 — Adelante’s Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff, 1 to 11 p.m., Promenade Park in downtown Toledo. Bachata Heightz will headline this event. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; free for children 5 and younger. Get tickets on UToledo’s InvoNet.
• Sunday, Sept. 15, through Tuesday, Oct. 15 — Nuestra Historia Display, first floor of Carlson Library. Works by and about Latinos will be on display. The free exhibit spotlights the social and political impact of Latinos on the United States. It can be seen Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
• Thursday, Sept. 19 — Film Screening, “Roma,” 6 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. See the Academy Award-winning Netflix original film in Spanish with English subtitles. Snacks from Latin Cravings will be provided.
• Wednesday, Sept. 25 — Ted Talk: Latinx Initiatives, 5 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2500. Learn about the office and meet the staff; dinner will be provided.
• Thursday, Sept. 26 — Diamante Awards, 6 p.m., Franciscan Center at Lourdes University. Awards for Latino leadership and achievements in northwest Ohio will be presented at this event, which is co-sponsored by UToledo, Bowling Green State University, Owens Community College and Lourdes University. Tickets are $75 for the public and $25 for students in advance on Eventbrite.
• Friday, Sept. 27 — Fabulous Feminist Friday with ABLE, 2 p.m., Tucker Hall Room 0152. The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Inc. will lead a discussion on an individual’s rights when interacting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and police.
• Tuesday through Friday, Oct. 1-11 — “El Movimiento,” first floor of Carlson Library. See shots by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist José Galvez, who documented César Chávez and the farmworker Mmvement. The free exhibit can be seen during library hours: Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight.
• Friday, Oct. 4 — Fall Fest, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Sofia Quintero Art and Cultural Center, 1222 Broadway St. in Toledo. Tour the center and the Jose Martinez Memorial Galeria, and celebrate the fall harvest with a meal prepared with ingredients from the center’s garden. For more information, go to UToledo’s InvoNet.
• Monday, Oct. 7 — Delano Grape Strike Event, 6 p.m., Carlson Library Room 1005. Learn about the 1965-1970 Delano Grape Strike and Boycott when Filipino-American workers asked César Chávez to help protest poor pay and working conditions. Cultural foods will be served at this event presented by the Filipino American Association and Lambda Theta Alpha.
• Friday, Oct. 11 — Latino Mental Health Forum, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thompson Student Union Ingman Room. The National Association of Mental Illness will host its fifth annual forum; this year’s theme is “Conexion Generacional: Culture and Behavioral Health.” Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite.
• Monday, Oct. 14 — (Un)Documented Study Ally Training, 4 p.m., Thompson Student Union Room 2591. Faculty and staff can learn the unique challenges this student population faces.
— Salsa With the Spanish American and Hispanic Students’ Association, 7 p.m., Health Education Center Dance Studio.
For more information, visit the Office of Multicultural Student Success website.