SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cuesta College, a Hispanic-Serving Institution, is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events to recognize the contributions of diverse groups on campus and in the community.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

“Now more than ever, it is important for us to come together and celebrate the beauty and diversity of our cultura,” said Alicia Paniagua, President of the Cuesta College chapter of the Latina Leadership Network. “Our events are a great opportunity to learn from and empower one another. There is unity in community.”

Sponsored by the Cuesta College Latina Leadership Network, Library, Student Health Center, and the Cultural Center, the following events are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and community.


Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. — Undocumented and Unafraid Panel

Join Cuesta College’s Monarch Dream Center for its second annual Undocumented and Unafraid Panel recognizing National Undocumented Student Week of Action. The panel includes three Cuesta College and two Cal Poly Dreamers/DACA/Mixed Status students sharing their educational journeys, struggles, and successes as undocumented students.

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Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. — Rumba Class

Move your body and join us in a Rumba Fit class, a Latin-inspired cardio-dance exercise that uses music, movement, and culture to create a multicultural party atmosphere. You don’t need to know the perfect steps. Just be open-minded and ready to have fun while burning a few calories to achieve a healthy lifestyle.

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Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. — Día de Muertos Virtual Celebration 

The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos) is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back their deceased relatives’ souls for a brief reunion that includes food, drink, and celebration. This virtual event consists of a cultural appropriation discussion facilitated by MEChA Advisor Janet Flores. Other activities include the game Lotería, making tissue flowers, and painting sugar skulls. Participants may pick up Día de Muertos kits before the event at distributions on both the San Luis Obispo and North County campuses. 

To attend and claim your Día de Muertos kit, sign up using the following link: 

For more details on the Cultural Center and Hispanic Heritage Month events at Cuesta College, visit the Cultural Center website, email, or call 805-546-3100 x2194.