Celebrando Nuestras Raíces/ Celebrating Our Roots:
Honoring Our Culture, Embracing the Future Celebration is the month-long series of campus events taking place during Hispanic Heritage Month that recognizes the struggles and celebrates the victories of our diverse Latinx, Chicanx, and Hispanic community. It is centered in our continuous resilience in the face of oppression of all forms. It emphasizes the strength and the beauty of our families and communities. We will highlight the ways in which our communities have, do, and continue to overcome systemic injustice and inequality. We will acknowledge the struggles to preserve and use our languages. We will elevate the members of the community who have led these efforts, especially those who are no longer with us in body.
The Celebrando Nuestras Raices Planning Committee, which leads the SDSU Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Celebration, invites you to watch the inaugural Kick off ceremony and keynote.
SDSU President Adela de La Torre, Ph.D.
SDSU Provost Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
SDSU Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
We are honored to welcome Dra. Norma Elias Cantú, as the celebration's inaugural keynote speaker. Dra. Cantú is a nationally renowned and famed author, Chicana scholar, poet and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio.
Her keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion with student, faculty and community members.
Norma Elia Cantú currently serves as the President of the American Folklore Society and is the Murchison Professor of the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where she teaches Latinx and Chicanx Studies. Her award-winning Canícula: Snapshots of a Girlhood en la Frontera, is taught in numerous universities in the US and in Europe. She translated Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/la Frontera into Spanish. She recently published the co-edited anthologies meXicana Fashions: Politics, Self-Adornment, and Identity Construction and Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa: Pedagogies and Practices for our Classrooms and Communities, Cabañuelas, a novel, and Meditacion Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor.
Mexicayotl Indio Cultural Center, Chicano Park Steering Committee, Community Advisory Council of the Centro Cultural de la Raza
Beatrice Zamora is a native San Diegan involved in advocacy, social justice, and education. Beatrice was born in Historic Logan Heights in San Diego and raised in Los Angeles. Her family roots are from Arizona, New Mexico, and Guanajuato, Mexico. Beatrice promotes cultural arts and social justice for several under-served communities in San Diego. In 2015, Beatrice retired from a distinguished career in the California Community Colleges where she held positions as faculty and college dean.
She keeps active teaching and preserving indigenous dance and traditions of Mexico as a practitioner and leader in the Danza Azteca-Chichimeca tradition for over 40 years, serves on several community boards including, The Mexicayotl Indio Cultural Center, The SD and Imperial Valley ACLU, The Chicano Park Steering Committee, The Community Advisory Council of the Centro Cultural de la Raza, The Kanap Kuahan Coalition, The Kumeyaay & Original Peoples Alliance and the Community Advisory Committee for the SD Union Tribune. Beatrice is co-owner of Tolteca Press, established in 2020 with her husband, Dr. Mario Aguilar. She authored an award-winning bilingual children’s book, The Spirit of Chicano Park/El espíritu del Parque Chicano in April, 2020. In 2021, Beatrice authored her second children’s book, Am I Blue or Am I Green? Verde o Azul. Cúal soy yo? Beatrice’s work in education and in the community focus upon equity and social justice.
Efren Lopez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley
Dr. Efren Lopez is an Assistant Professor of English at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley. His research interests include Chicanx Literature, Critical Ethnic Studies, and the Public Humanities. Raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Efren earned a Ph.D. in English from UCLA in 2021.
Fabrizio Lacarra Ramirez
English Major, Theatre and Film Minor, Creative Writing, San Diego State University
Fabrizio Lacarra Ramirez is a full-time student at San Diego State University (2021) currently working towards his Bachelor’s Degree in English with a Minor in Theater, Film, and New Media and a Certificate in Creative Writing. He is an emerging creative writer whose work has been published in literary journals Applause (Issue 31) and pacificREVIEW (2020). He also works under Pam Lach as a student assistant for the Digital Humanities Center at SDSU and with Dr. William A. Nericcio as an intern for the SDSU Press. Fabrizio is interested in how different types of media coexist and communicate with one another, and how texts develop new contexts when examined together.