Join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Rice!

This summer, the movie "In The Heights" made an impact across the country by affirming the pride and cultural force displayed by the community members in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood. This year we chose to amplify that theme by celebrating the strength and hope within the Hispanic community here at Rice University... In The Hedges. We invite you to join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by attending as many events as your schedule allows.

With COVID-19 still being a concern, our team has been working hard to ensure the events hosted will keep the safety of our campus community a top priority. With this in mind, you will notice the event details below our flyer state whether the event is virtual, in-person, or hosted through a hybrid format.

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month planning committee members
Javier Carmona- Office of Multicultural Affairs
Ceola Curley- MultiCultural Center
Dr. José Aranda Jr- Department of English
Mezthly Pena- HACER
Ana Saucedo- HACER
Yesenia Ramos Silva- HACER
Leslie Barrera- SOLAR
Fernanda Pierre- SOLAR
Astrid Campos- LAGSA
Rodrigo Ibarra Garcia Padilla- LAGSA


Rice Hispanic Heritage Month events
Contact: Javier Carmona at or 713.348.2681

Click on the event titles below for detailed information.

Sept. 11th- Nuestras Raíces: The Latinx New Student Experience | In-Person | Registration Closed

10-5 PM in the Anderson Clarke Center

Nuestras Raices is an interactive retreat experience that seeks to create a unifying event for recently admitted Latinx students. This free retreat introduces entering first-year students to the unifying aspects of the Latinx community at Rice. The program identifies essential resources and networks to help students reach their maximum potential. By the end, participants should feel more connected as a class. We hope they leave feeling empowered to seek institutional support, peers, and professionals on campus for mentorship and guidance.

Sponsors: HACER and OMA

Contact: Mezthly Pena |

Sept. 13th- Research Colloquium in Latin American and Latinx Studies | In-Person

4-6 PM in Rayzor Hall 204

Monthly interdisciplinary research colloquium in Latin American and Latinx Studies for Rice undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff to present their in-progress work.

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Contact: Sophie Esch, Ph.D. |

Sept. 14th- More United Than Divided: A discussion on Latinx Identities | Virtual | RSVP Required

6 pm via Zoom

Join The Center for the Healing of Racism, in partnership with Univision Communications, Inc., for an interactive bilingual discussion on identity and privilege within the Hispanic and Latino communities. This program will be moderated by the Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Javier Carmona. Registration for this event is required. Please visit or to save your space today!

Host: The Center for the Healing of Racism

Contact: Javier Carmona |

Sept 16th- Movie Screening of "In The Heights" | In-Person

Beginning at 7 pm in Farnsworth Pavillion in the Rice Memorial Center (RMC)

What is your Suenito? (little dream) Enter the world of Washington Heights and the lives of Usnavi, the bodega owner who dreams of a life beyond his neighborhood, and his friends in the community who are more familia than neighbors. Each of them is trying to find their way, but maybe together they’ll find that the sense of belonging and home that they’re searching for may actually be a lot closer than they think.

Sponsors: CLIC, HACER, and OMA

Contact: Mezthly Pena |

Latinx at Rice Panel- postponed

This event has been postponed.

Students and faculty will talk about their experiences as Latinx people in the Rice community, sharing their unique experiences and struggles and the search for community.

Sponsors: HACER

Contact: Mezthly Pena |

October 7th- Fiesta Latina: Salsa Lessons, Dance & Food | In-Person | RSVP Required

6-10 pm in the RMC Grand Hall

Fiesta Latina is an event that aims to share Latin American culture with the entire Rice community (students, faculty, and staff) through music, dance, culture, fun facts, food, and desserts. The dance will take place at RMC Grand Hall and attendees will be able to enjoy food and desserts from Latin American countries at Ray Courtyard. Registration is coming soon!

Sponsors: CLIC, GSA, LGSA, OMA, and Rice Salseros

Contact: Rodrigo Ibarra |

Oct. 14th- SOLAR Latinx Trivia Night | Hybrid | RSVP Required

6:30 - 8:00 PM in the MultiCultural Center and via Zoom.

Join the Society of Latino Alumni at Rice for a trivia competition including fun submissions by alumni spanning decades and facts retrieved from the archives at the Woodson Center. Please join the in-person event at The Multicultural Center (there will be an attendance cap) or via Zoom. CLICK HERE TO RSVP

Sponsor: SOLAR

Contact: Angie El-Dimassi |

Oct. 15th- Hispanic Heritage Month Closing Ceremony | In-Person **details updated**

6 PM in the RMC Grand Hall

A fiesta hosted by SHPE and HACER.

Sponsors: HACER & SHPE

Contact: Karla Chapa |

Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Department of English, Department of Spanish Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, Hispanic Association for the Cultural Enrichment at Rice, MultiCultural Center, Office of Alumni Relations, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Rice Salseros, and the Society of Latino Alumni of Rice.

Off-campus Events

Sept. 11th- TEATRX Presents: Sonia Flew by Melinda Lopez | Holocaust Museum Houston | In-Person

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and determined to continue highlighting the diversity of the Latinx and its stories, TEATRX presents a touring production of "Sonia Flew," a play by Melinda Lopez.

When war intrudes on her family following 9/11, Sonia, a Cuban immigrant raising two children with her Jewish husband in Minneapolis, must reconcile with her childhood stories of Operation Pedro Pan, a political maneuver that separated her and thousands of other Cuban children from their parents.

This project is funded in part by Midtown Cultural Arts and Entertainment District and in partnership with Holocaust Museum Houston and MECA.

This event will be hosted in person. Admission is free and open to the public.

Doors Open 5:30 p.m.
Play 6:00 - 8:15 p.m.
Panel 8:20 - 8:45 p.m.

Please note: Face masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up. Complimentary masks are available at the Security desk.

Oct. 12th- “Holistic Healing and the Curandera’s Perennial Return,” with Amanda Ellis | Location TBD

The Department of Modern & Classical Literatures & Cultures at Rice University presents: Lecture Series - New Directions in LatinX and Latin American Studies

“Holistic Healing and the Curandera’s Perennial Return,” with Amanda Ellis (University of Houston)

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Bio: Amanda Ellis is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston where she teaches courses on Mexican American literature and Multi-Ethnic American literature. Her published works have been featured in Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies, Chicana/Latina Studies Journal, and Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures, etc. Her book Letras y Limpias: Decolonial Medicine and Holistic Healing in Mexican American Literature published by the University of Arizona Press will be available in Fall 2021.

Abstract: The curandera (folk healer) figure is a culturally significant and recognizable trope. In this presentation, Amanda Ellis grapples with the shifting significance of this trope across genres. By researching the curandera’s perennial literary representation in Mexican American literature in tandem with concepts such as illness, healing, and personhood, Ellis details why fictionally imagined curandera figures repeatedly pose calls to unseat standard definitions of personhood and details how Mexican American written works can help elaborate ideas about holistic health care practice and reorient our cultural understandings of the human condition.

Ongoing- Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict | Holocaust Museum Houston | In-Person

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Holocaust Museum Houston will open its first juried exhibition in its expanded building on April 30, 2021. Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict will explore themes of social justice and human rights through 100 artworks by Houston Latinx artists. The multi-media exhibition will be a platform that examines issues that impact the community, fosters dialogue on difficult questions, and ultimately empowers social change through art.

The art featured in the exhibition includes several themes of focus including border relations, gender roles, domestic violence, the immigrant experience, and social and political turmoil. Withstand is curated by Gabriela Magana and Rosa Ana Orlando. Born and raised in Mexico, Magana is an artist and curator based in Houston. She holds a BA in Painting from the University of St. Thomas Houston and is currently working on a MA in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston. From Venezuela, Orlando is a museum specialist with extensive knowledge of art history. She has more than 15 years of experience in art collection management, as well as a strong background in exhibition planning and design.

Guest juror Susana Monteverde, a Houston transplant from Mexico City and art activator specializing in contemporary art, will choose the three pieces to win cash rewards. Third place will be presented with $1,000, second place with $1,500 and the grand prize artist will receive $2,500.

Due to the 100-piece size of the multi-media exhibition, Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict will be on view from April 30 through October 17, 2021 in the Museum’s Mincberg Gallery and Spira Central Gallery, with sculptures located in the adjacent Lester and Sue Smith Human Rights Gallery.

Ongoing- Events at Miller Outdoor Theatre | In-Person

Events hosted by the Miller Outdoor Theatre during Hispanic Heritage Month include a Grito on September 16th in honor of Mexico's Independence Day and the 42nd Annual Festival Chicano.

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