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A Week of Latino History, Culture and Significance

The Student Success Scorecard hints at the richness of diversity that uniquely defines Sierra College. As a college campus of higher learning, our obligation is to enhance knowledge by providing innovative and real-life programs of study for students and surrounding communities.

One distinct example is La Semana Latina: A Week of Latino History, Culture and Significance.

During the month of March, Sierra College schedules an annual series of student programs and activities to help in our understanding of the beauty, complexity and diversity of the Latino community. Cited by the U.S. Census Bureau as the largest ethnic minority group in the nation, it is easy to see how the value of our understanding becomes essential and meaningful.

Please accept our invitation to visit and learn about the American experience of being Latino.


Calendar of Programs and Activities for previous event, March 24-27, 2014


movie posterLa Mission (2009)

Growing up in the Mission District of San Francisco, Che Rivera has always had to be tough to survive. He is a powerful man respected throughout the Mission barrio for his masculinity and his strength, as well as for his hobby building beautiful Lowrider cars. Che kicks his beloved son, Jesse, out of the house after discovering that he has been living a secret life. There's no one in the world that Che loves more than his son, but both father and son are about to discover that love isn't exactly unconditional.

Director: Peter Bratt
Drama: (1 hour 57 minutes)

movie posterWalkout  (2006)

Based on a true story, high school student, Paula Crisostomo, is tired of being treated unequally. She meets a group of student activists from around East Los Angeles and they decide to try to change the way students are treated. They are punished for speaking Spanish in school, bathrooms are locked during lunch, they are forced to do janitorial work as a punishment and many high school administrators actively discourage the less promising students from attending college. Inspired by her Chicano teacher Sal Castro, and despite opposition from her father, Paula joins in and helps hand out surveys to students to suggest improvements to the schools.

Director: Edward James Olmos
Story by: Victor Villaseñor
Drama: (120 minutes)

This (Illegal) American Life (2011)

There are 12 million people living unlawfully in the United States. In this film Mariana van Zeller explores the lives of two of them: a senior at UCLA named Ilse who crossed the border from Mexico in the trunk of a car at age 3 and a strawberry picker named Filemon who lives in an Oxnard flophouse with 19 other people so that he can send money back to his family in Oaxaca. In their stories, van Zeller finds testament to both the power of the American Dream and the absolute failure of American border policies.

Director: Mariana van Zeller
Documentary (44 minutes).

movie posterSeñorita Extraviada: The Missing Young Woman (2002)

Someone is killing the young women of Juárez, Mexico. Since 1993, over 270 young women have been raped and murdered in a chillingly consistent and brazen manner. Authorities ignore pleas for justice from the victims’ families and the crimes go unpunished. Most disturbingly, evidence of government complicity remains uninvestigated as the killings continue to this day. Crafting a film that is both a poetic meditation and a mystery, Lourdes Portillo’s Señorita Extraviada is a haunting investigation into an unspeakable crime wave amid the disorders and corruption of one of the biggest border towns in the world.

Señorita Extraviada gives voice to the families who want the world to know that their daughters did not deserve this fate, and that the murderers are still at large. The film also poses questions about corruption, the disposability of young women, and the cheapening of life in a town where poverty and globalized capital create a chaotic environment of lawlessness and brutality.

Director: Lourdes Portillo
Documentary (54 minutes)

Sponsored by:

Wells Fargo Bank, Associated Students at Sierra College, Equal Employment Opportunity Committee, Puente Club. Supported by: Cesar Chavez Foundation, New Legacy Committee, Sierra College Foundation, Academic Senate, Puente Program, Dream Club, Latino Leadership Council, Art Department, Drama Department, Marketing and Public Relations Department, English Department, Journalism Department, Learning Resource Center, Spectrum Committee, Gender Equity Committee

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