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National theme is "Hispanics: Serving and leading our nation with pride and honor"

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (Sept. 4, 2013) — Celebrating the rich and diverse cultural traditions of Hampton Roads’ Hispanic-American community, Tidewater Community College commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month on all four of its campuses with a diverse schedule of speakers and cultural activities, free of charge and open to the public.

The theme of the 2013 National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, is Hispanics: Serving and leading our nation with pride and honor.

TCC’s events and activities, beginning Sept. 18 and running through Oct. 15, will pay homage to this theme by recognizing the spirit and contributions of Hispanic Americans, not only in this community, but nationwide.

For questions, contact TCC’s Information Center, 757-822-1122. For campus locations, maps and driving directions, visit

HHM 2013 Keynote Juan GonzalesKeynote: Author Juan Gonzalez
Thursday, Sept. 19
Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk Campus

During a career spanning more than 30 years, Juan Gonzalez has emerged as one of the country’s most respected Latino journalists. Gonzalez has been a staff columnist for The New York Daily News since 1987 and co-host for the past 14 years of “Democracy Now!”, a daily news show that airs on more than 700 community, public radio and television stations, including Norfolk State University’s WNSB (91.1 FM) and WHRV’s digital SpeakEasy Radio.

A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Gonzalez's remarks begin at 6 p.m., with a book signing to follow.


Monday, Sept. 16, Noon
Test your knowledge of Hispanic heritage facts with the Thinkfast game show.
Whitehurst Student Lounge, Chesapeake Campus

Wednesday, Sept. 18, Noon
Enjoy food and music from different Hispanic countries.
Bayside Building, First Floor, Virginia Beach Campus

Thursday, Sept. 19, 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Learn to salsa dance and enjoy food from different Hispanic countries. At 5 p.m., transportation will be provided to the Roper Performing Arts Center for the keynote address by Juan Gonzalez.
The Forum, Portsmouth Campus

Tuesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
Luis Lassen shares his story and speaks about his book “Laguna Negra.”
Pass Theatre, Chesapeake Campus

Thursday, Sept. 26, 11:30 a.m.
Enjoy Hispanic food, music and dance during the campus fiesta.
The Quad, Chesapeake Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 12:30 p.m.
Let your voice be heard during a campus roundtable discussion led by faculty.
Blackwater Building, Room CE-108, Virginia Beach Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 12:15 p.m.
Incorporate Hispanic countries and themes into your talent show routine.
Pungo Auditorium, Room F-133, Virginia Beach Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m.
Join Elizabeth Veliz, president of Adelante HR Consulting, as she tells her story of growing up in project housing in New Jersey and overcoming a life that could have resulted in incarceration. Raised in a traditional Latino family, Veliz was encouraged to marry young and start a family. Today, Veliz speaks about her business success and her happy marriage.
Norfolk Student Center, 5th Floor, Norfolk Campus

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 5 p.m.
Students will learn the history behind dance and the influence of Latin music, to include salsa, bachata and merengue as well as learn basic dance moves.
Norfolk Student Center, Lobby, Norfolk Campus