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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized starting on September 8. Join TCC to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the Hispanic community to our country’s history, culture, and heritage.

TCC will celebrate the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Hampton Roads’ Hispanic-American community during Hispanic Heritage Month with activities on all four campuses. And we want you there whether you are or aren’t a part of the Hispanic community.

The college will host two virtual events for students and the community. The first is the keynote address by Rosa Alicia Clemente, a journalist, political commentator, producer and scholar-activist.

Clemente‘s remarks are entitled “When A Puerto Rican Ran For Vice President And No One Knew Her Name.” She will share her presentation on Sept. 15 , the hour-long program will include a question-and-answer session moderated by TCC Spanish professor Dr. Jessica Lynam.

In 2008, Clemente became the first Black-Latina to run for Vice-President of the United States on the Green Party ticket. She is also creator of Know Thy Self Productions. Clemente is associate producer on the 2021 Oscar-winning biographical film “Judas and the Black Messiah.” She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The college will also host Juan Raúl Ferreira to speak about “Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Challenges for Latinx Across the Borders” on Sept. 30, The presentation is produced by TCC Spanish professor Gabriella Toletti in partnership with the Global and Intercultural Learning Committee and the “My Thoughts. My Voice. My Art.” initiative. Toletti will lead a Question and Answer session with Ferreira after the presentation.

Ferreira is a lecturer, journalist, writer, human rights activist and international consultant. He has been Uruguayan Representative, Uruguayan Senator, Ambassador in Argentina, and President of the National Institution of Human Rights.

Ferreira will analyze the unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for Latinx across the borders. Some Latin American governments have used the health crisis to impose unpopular policies knowing that there would be no mobilization against them. Ferreira will address underlying inequities and threats that the pandemic has unveiled, and he will present strategies to advance human rights.

For more information about these events, email Alicia Phillips at or Gabriella Toletti at

Come and show your support for the community by checking out fun activities and informative presentations that will give you a better understanding of the struggles and accomplishments of the Hispanic community.

All events are free and open to the public.

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