Hispanic Heritage Month

Join the Celebration!

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) is highlighting some of the influential people in the Hispanic community that have made a difference in our very own Maricopa Community.


of our student population is Hispanic.

Why does Hispanic Heritage Month start on September 15th?

Typically when a month is dedicated to a cause or to celebrate a specific culture, it would start on the first of the month. Not Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM)! Do you know why this is? It begins on September 15th because it is the anniversary of the Independence of Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Mexico also celebrates it's Independence day on September 16th and Chile celebrates on the 18th. In August of 1988 the Hispanic Heritage celebration was expanded from 1 week to the duration of 30 days.

EMCC Library resources for HHM:

Watch a Film
Our Films on Demand Database Offers informative and educational films on the history and lived experiences of American communities across the United States. Here are some suggestions:

The Latino American
A landmark three-part, six-hour documentary series from PBS

Latin Beat: Latino Culture in the United States
Drawing on interviews with more than fifty major personalities from a broad cross-section of disciplines, this film analyzes and celebrates the influence of Latino culture in the U.S. at the end of the 1990s.

Symbols of Resistance: A Tribute to the Martyrs of the Chican@ Movement
Illuminating the untold stories of the Chican@ Movement with a focus on events in Colorado and New Mexico, the film engages student activism, police repression, and issues of identity, land, and community that still resonate in Chican@ struggles today.

15: A Quinceañera Story
From HBO, four short films of five Latina girls from different backgrounds prepare for their Quinceañera--a celebration of their 15th birthday.

Borrow a Book
Our Estrella Mountain Library has many books to borrow. Come to the Library Desk and ask a librarian for a suggestion.

Terri Cruz
Terri Cruz | 1927 - 2017

Terri Cruz was a prominent Mexican-American community leader and a founding member of Chicas por la Causa (CPLC)- the largest Hispanic Nonprofit in the country. She helped found CPLC in 1969 and worked for the agency for more than four decades as a social services counselor.

Paul Luna
Paul Luna

Paul Luna is the President and CEO of the Helios Education Foundation. He is the former president of the Valley of the Sun United Way and has held positions with Pepsi and IBM.

Anna Tover
Anna Tover

Anna Tover is a current member of the Arizona Corporation Commission. She previously served as the first female mayor of Tolleson and has served as a state representative and Senator.

Ed Pastor
Ed Pastor | 1943-2018

Ed Pastor was Arizona's first Hispanic Congressman. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2015.