ACC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Editor’s note: This is updated to correct the event time.

The Austin Community College District’s (ACC) Center for Public Policy and Political Studies will host a cultural celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on Mexico’s Independence Day, Tuesday, September 16 at noon, ACC Riverside Campus (1020 Grove Blvd., Exterior of Bldg. G).

Special guest, former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, along with historians will present cultural, historical, and political contributions of Tejanos, Mexican-Americans, and other Hispanics.

Community members and students can enjoy the rhythmic steps of Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico, and entertainment from the musical bands Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto and Boca Abajo.

“The Diez y Seis celebration further validates the cultural heritage reflected by our students,” said Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda, ACC Professor of History.

The Diez y Seis de Septiembre ceremony will highlight contributions made by the Hispanic community to improve higher education in the state.

ACC is certified as a Hispanic Serving Institution, a federal designation indicating the college maintains 25 percent or greater full-time equivalent Hispanic enrollment. The Hispanic student population at ACC currently represents more than 29% of the total student body.

For more information about the event, visit or call 512.223.7050.

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