Miami Dade College Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with Virtual and In Person Events

Miami, Sept. 21, 2021 From film presentations, poetry, musical performances and dance to thought-provoking discussions about issues shaping the future of the nation, Miami Dade College (MDC) celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of online and in person events. Most events are free and open to the public throughout September and October.

With the theme “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope,” this year’s celebration encourages reflection on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, and will continue making in the future, and serves as a reminder that Hispanics are stronger together.

This year’s activities include:

Sept. 20- Oct. 31

Spanish Film Festival

Online and in person

A special collection of films curated by Miami Film Festival and Pragda Films to be presented at each campus either virtually or as a hybrid program. The festival will showcase the best in contemporary Latin American cinema. For more information on the films presented by each campus, virtual access, trailers, and to RSVP for in-person screenings please visit



Saturday, Oct. 2, 8-10 p.m.

Koubek Center’S Little Havana Social Club (LHSC) featuring Leslie Cartaya and The Celia Cruz All Stars hosted by DJ Mr. Pauer

This edition of LHSC concert series will feature Caribbean, Afro-American, Afro-Latin, and Latin American musical rhythms from “La Princesa del Son” Leslie Cartaya and The Celia Cruz All Stars Band, hosted by the one-and-only Latin Grammy-nominated DJ and Producer Mr. Pauer and his signature “Electrópico” sound. To purchase tickets and for more information visit:

$15 in advance

$20 at the door


Thursday, Oct. 7, 12-1 p.m.

Decoding Despacito: The Book

West Campus

3800 NW 115th Ave, Room 1102

Leila Cobo, author of Decoding “Despacito,”An Oral History Of Latin Music tracks the stories behind the biggest Latin hits of the past fifty years. The book offers a rich history of treasure trove never-before heard anecdotes and insight from Latin music artists, executives, observers, and players.



Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Hablemos de Negocios (Let’s talk Business)

West Campus

3800 NW 115th Ave, Room 1109

A panel of Hispanic business professional business and entrepreneurs will share their experiences and educate our students on required skills and mindset to be successful, and addressing advertising to become beacons in the business community.


Monday, Oct. 18, 12-3 p.m.

“Hailing Cesar:” A film and conversation with filmmaker, Eduardo Chavez, about the legacy of his grandfather, the legendary civil rights activist Cesar Chavez


Hosted by Barbara Dalberry and Eduardo Chavez, this event recounts the film maker’s journey

to understand the legacy and struggle of his grandfather. He was only three years old when Cesar Chavez passed away. Growing up comfortably in the Bay Area, where his father Fernando was a lawyer, he had difficulty connecting with his grandfather’s life. After a turning point in his life, he began to explore the places, learn about the people, and carry out the activities that were so important to Cesar. His journey included working in the fields, picking grapes, as both his grandfather and father once did.

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Tuesday, October 19, 12-1 p.m.

Yo no soy racista! Hispanics and race in America: A conversation


This is the continuation to a conversation started last year about race among Hispanics in the U.S. in reaction to the 2020 protest over the murder of George Floyd and the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement.  A year later, where do we stand? Has anything changed? This timely conversation will feature several MDC faculty and invited guests, including Univision’s Ilia Calderón, who will discuss the issue of race within the Hispanic community.

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Tuesday, October 26th, 1 – 2:15pm

An Inaugural Poet’s Journey


Poems and anecdotes with local celebrity poet Richard Blanco. As the first Latino immigrant and openly gay presidential inaugural poet, Professor Blanco will bring his unique Miami-themed poetry to this event to share with students, faculty, and staff.  

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For a full list of Hispanic Heritage Month events, visit