Hispanic Heritage Month 2021: Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.


St. Philip’s College celebrates the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) from September 15 – October 15, 2021. This month we will kick off the celebration with a presentation that features President & CEO San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC), Marina J. Gonzales, JD, SPC President, Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Committee Chair, Dr. Sharon Crockett-Ray. The presentation is one of the many unique events the college will host to recognize and celebrate Hispanic and Latino American Culture, Heritage and Contributions.

About Hispanic Heritage Month

HHM dates back to 1968 when Congress authorized President Lyndon. B Johnson issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15. September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua whom all declared independence in 1821.

HHM Presentations

Guest Speaker

Marina J. Gonzales, JD – Sept. 15

091521-HHM-Marina-350x425.jpgMarina J. Gonzales, JD
President & CEO
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Marina Gonzales serves as President & CEO of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC), overseeing and executing its mission to serve as the leading resource, advocate and access point for Hispanic Businesses and Hispanics in business. Prior to her role at the SAHCC, Marina served as President & CEO of Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA). Marina joined CASA from CentroMed, where she served as an executive overseeing government and legal affairs.

Marina holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois-Chicago John Marshall Law School, and a B.A. from St. Mary’s University. She is honored to be a part of this task force and looks forward to helping further its mission.

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