Miami Dade College Celebrates 2016 Hispanic Heritage Month

Miami, Sept. 29, 2016 – For centuries, immigrants have left an indelible mark on this land of opportunity, including Hispanics from all over Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Miami Dade College (MDC) will host a myriad of events at various MDC campuses throughout the month of October, including art exhibitions, film screenings, live performances, lectures, food tastings, and more! Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and open the public.

This year’s highlights include:

Hialeah Campus
1776 W. 49 Ave.
Miami, Fl.  33012
Tel. 305-237-8700

Vamos a lo que vinimos
Wednesday, Oct. 12, Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Room 5101
Journalist and award-winner writer Maria Elena Lavaud will present Venezuelan actress Sindy Lazo, who will discuss her family and personal stories.

Festival de Musica Hispanoamericana  
Thursday, Oct. 20, 6 – 8 p.m.
Plaza 1
Latin American music performed by students and local musicians.

Homestead Campus
500 College Terrace
Miami, Fl.  33030
Tel. 305-237-5555
From Poverty to Prosperity: Promoting Financial Literacy   
Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 10 – 11 a.m.
Room F222

This workshop aims to help students learn about financial planning, how to avoid debt and empower them to make the best financial decisions for their futures.

Silent Spaces 
Through Friday, Oct. 21
Building D Breezeway 

In this exhibition, Nicaraguan-born photographer German Ruiz depicts South Florida sites in a visual language that meanders between heightened reality and a somber, dreamlike state.

InterAmerican Campus
627 S.W. 27 Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33133
Tel. 305-237-6000

Hispanic Heritage Photo Contest  
Through Friday, Oct. 21

Submit a photo that best describes your Hispanic heritage and what it means to you for a chance to win a prize. All submissions should be sent via direct message to the @MDCIAC Instagram account, where they will be reviewed and posted. The photo with the most likes will be announced on Oct. 27 during La Copa Culinaria (see below).

La Copa Culinaria: Desserts de las Americas Competition
Thursday, Oct. 27, Noon – 1 p.m.
Room 401

Teams (groups of 2-4 people) can compete for the title of Best Dessert on campus. Bring enough to serve 20. Students and staff will vote to decide the winner. To register, contact Dr. Kelly Hernandez at

Kendall Campus
11011 S.W. 104 St.
Miami, Fl.  33176
Tel. 305-237-2000

Opportunities and Challenges for Hispanics in the Legal System  
Thursday, Oct. 6, 11:15 a.m.
Room: 402/403

Panel discussion will cover different careers Hispanics have within the community, from attorneys and judges to lobbyists. Panelists will share their career paths and opportunities for others.

Wednesday, Oct. 19, Noon – 1 p.m.

This fun, high-energy Latin dance will get your heart pumping and help raise money for the United Way. Donations of any amount are welcome. Registration begins at 11 a.m.

Medical Campus
950 N.W. 20 St.
Miami, Fl. 33127

“World Cup Day” and Food Truck Wednesday
Wednesday, Oct. 12, Noon – 1 p.m.
Checkered Patio

Watch or be part of a soccer match and enjoy food for purchase from local Latin American food trucks.

Paella Party!
Monday, Oct. 31, Noon – 2 p.m.
Room 1175 and Atrium
Wrap up Hispanic Heritage Month with a delicious paella.

North Campus
11380 N.W. 27 Ave.
Miami, Fl.  33167
Tel. 305-237-1000

An Evening of Flamenco 
Monday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m.
Lehman Theater

Fiery dance performance by local flamenco company.

Miami Culinary Institute’s A Taste of Spain: A Tapas Competition
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.
Building A Breezeway

Miami Culinary Institute students will present a cooking demo and competition featuring tapas, Spanish appetizers. Free samples will be served.

West Campus
3800 N.W. 115 Ave.
Miami, Fl.  33178
Tel. 305-237-8000

Pink Prov
Friday, Oct. 7, from 7 – 9 p.m.
Room 1102

South Florida improve group Society Circus Players performs a night of live improvised comedy theater. Proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. $10 advance purchase/$15 day of event. For more information, visit

Open Mic: Hispanic Spoken Word
Friday, Oct. 28, Noon
Room 1102

Share and listen to personal stories of the Hispanic experience through poetry

Wolfson Campus
300 N.E. Second Ave.
Miami, Fl.  33132
Tel. 305-237-8000

Celebrate National Coming Out Day
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Room 1261

The Orgullo Hispanic LGBT Pride Festival will showcase local and national talent, including musician En Vee, Reading Queer Founder Neil De La Flor, trans Latina poet Y’señia Almaguer, and author Caridad Moro-Gronlier. This event is sponsored by MDC Pride, Unity Coation and The Betsy South Beach.

A Changemaker in You
Thursday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Room 1261

A panel representing various sectors of the community will discuss social innovation and entrepreneurship culture to educate, support and nurture changmakers to address critical social issues. A Q & A session will follow the presentation. Sponsored by Learning Resources.

For complete list of MDC Hispanic Heritage Month events, please visit