Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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By Office of the President
Thursday, 09 16 2021

Dear Jaguar Community,

Yesterday was a wonderful day of celebration as we kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month with the debut of the Nuestra Gente exhibit in Classroom Hall, a beam signing for our College of Business and Library Building now under construction, and the public launch of our strategic plan. It was wonderful to see so many students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university gathered together at long last—and I appreciated that our campus community continued to voluntarily wear the masks that are helping to keep us all safe.

If you weren’t able to visit the Nuestra Gente: A Tribute to Hispanic Innovators and Dreamers photo exhibit yesterday, I encourage you to take a stroll over to the Classroom Hall and see it. I guarantee you will walk away inspired, as I am, by these remarkable photos that both honor some of our most treasured Hispanic trailblazers and look toward the future by featuring the Hispanic leaders of tomorrow. The exhibit opening was the perfect way to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on campus.

A&M-San Antonio is a proud Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and privileged to serve a student population that is more than three-quarters Hispanic. We join 569 other HSIs in observance of National Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week, which recognizes our unique role in improving access to education and advancing equity for traditionally underserved students. As I like to say, we were born an HSI, and though we honor that heritage year-round, it is especially meaningful to have a week dedicated to celebrating the transformative power that Hispanic-serving colleges and universities have on our students and communities.

Hispanic Heritage Month continues through October 15th, and I encourage you to take part in the many great Hispanic Heritage Month events we have scheduled. I hope to see many of you at the events in the coming weeks, and until then… ¡Viva A&M-San Antonio!

Warm regards,

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson