Chair of the Illinois Dream Fund to speak at Sept 13. ECC Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff Brunch

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Published 09/09/2019
Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month

Elgin Community College’s celebration of Latinx Heritage Month begins with a keynote address by Tanya Cabrera, assistant vice provost for student inclusion at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Office of Diversity and the chair of the Illinois Dream Fund Commission, at the kick-off brunch on Friday, Sept. 13. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon in the Building E Dining Room, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

In 2011, Cabrera was appointed to serve as Chair for the Illinois DREAM Fund Commission. In this role, Cabrera hopes to set the platform for educational access and degree obtainment for undocumented students in Illinois and across the U.S. She credits her early exposure to community activism and family values with establishing her commitment of civic responsibility to her family and community.

The brunch will be led by the Latinx Heritage Month Committee. The theme for this year’s events is "¡Si Contamos y Si Podemos! (Yes We Count and Yes We Can)."

“We chose our theme to shine a light on the values our Latinx community brings to ECC and to the community as a whole,” said Vincent Casico, co-chair of the committee. “Within our current political climate, our Latinx community has been put on the forefront of important issues such as immigration reform and the upcoming Census 2020. We wanted to create events that will serve to inform and provide awareness about the importance of being counted as well as showcase the resilience and strength of our community.”  

Seating is limited and tickets for the brunch can be purchased at or by calling the ECC Arts Center Box Office at 847-622-0300. Cost is $12 for students and $20 for community members. Sponsor tables are also available for $200 and accommodate eight people.

Other events during Latinx Heritage Month include the following:


Latinx Conexión – HIS
Wednesday, Sept. 18
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Building B, Jobe Lounge
Get connected with campus departments, student organizations and resources at ECC. Prominent Latinx leaders from ECC, four-year Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and the community at large will be there to welcome you to the ECC community. This event provides a great opportunity to network and set a path to success.


Teatro Que Importa
Caught Between Two Worlds
Thursday, Sept. 24
2 to 4 p.m.

Building G, Room G100, Spartan Auditorium
Join us for a staged reading of Caught Between Two Worlds by Carlos Perez, followed by a discussion with the cast. Produced by the ECC Theatre Department. Coffee and conchas will be provided.


¡Juntos Contamos: Entendiendo el Censo 2020!
Wednesday, Oct. 2
9:30 to 11 a.m., Building B, Jobe Lounge
6:30 to 8 p.m., Seigle Auditorium (en Español)
Join us and learn what is at stake if we don’t get out the count for the 2020 Census. Local community organizations and leaders will speak on the impact the Latinx community can make with our representation in the 2020 Census. Get the most up-to-date information regarding the myths and controversy surrounding the census, and participate in our community fair for a chance to win raffle prizes.


DANZAPATEADO by BFH…Dance, Express, Inspire!
Saturday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 6 at 3 p.m.
Building H, Blizzard Theatre
Enjoy a vibrant, colorful performance by Ballet Folklórico Huehuecoyotl (BFH). Learn more at Purchase tickets at


We Rise Gala: A Community Fundraiser for Undocumented, DACA, and Mixed Status Families
Friday, Nov. 15, 6 to 10:30 p.m.
Building B, Jobe Lounge
Join us for Latinx Heritage Month’s closing event to support, celebrate, and acknowledge undocumented, DACA, and mixed status students and their families. The evening will feature a keynote address by Dra. Aurora Chang, assistant professor and program chair in higher education at Loyola University Chicago and entertainment by Quinto Imperio along with dinner and dancing.

General admission tickets are $35 for community members and $12 for students with a valid student ID. Sponsor tables are also available for $350 for a seating of 8. All the proceeds for this event will go towards a scholarship fund to help undocumented, DACA, and mixed status students gain access to financial assistance and resources within the ECC community. Purchase your ticket and reserve your seat at Pre-purchased tickets are highly recommended by Friday, November 8.



Events are free and open to the public except as otherwise noted.

ECC’s Latinx Heritage Month celebration is sponsored by the Latinx Heritage Month Committee, Office of Student Life, Performing Arts Center, Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) and Columbia College of Missouri-Elgin. The college is proud to be designated as a Hispanic-serving institution since 2009.

For more information, call the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7370 or visit