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Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

September 30, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month commenced on Sept. 15, a common anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries, according to the Library of Congress.


The month celebrates the history and culture of “American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America," until Oct. 15.


Located in a Hispanic Serving Institution such as Sacramento State with approximately 11,004 Hispanic and Latino students, The State Hornet has compiled previous coverage on this page relating to the Hispanic and Latino community in celebration of this month. Future coverage on the Hispanic and Latino community will also be highlighted on this page.

Mask mandate is lifted, but not for everyone
Mask mandate is lifted, but not for everyone
Isaiah Mercado April 28, 2022
The mask mandate was lifted for almost everyone at Sac State, but not for some. Two centers on campus are still required to wear them. See who they are and why the mandate persists for them:
Wendy Le, a third year computer science major (left), and Elisha Singh, a first year psychology major (right) walk down the stairs of the Student Union, on Thursday, March 10. Sacramento State President Robert S. Nelsen announced via mass email to students that masks can come down beginning Friday, March 18. (Photo by Kamelia Varasteh)
Masks off: Sac State’s face covering mandate will be lifted after March 18
Kamelia Varasteh March 12, 2022

President Robert S. Nelsen announced via a SacSend on Thursday afternoon that the school-wide mask mandate will be lifted on the majority of Sacramento State’s campus and at the downtown location after March 18. “It means that the university has...

Therese Gatchalian, a third-year pre-nursing major, sits near the library benches on Friday, Feb 18. Gatchalian said she agrees with the campuss continued requirement to wear masks indoors and feels that masks protect students when social distancing in classrooms is impossible. (Photo by Priscilla Garcia-Pargas)
Sac State students comment on county and campus mask mandates
Priscilla Garcia-Pargas March 4, 2022

California’s Department of Public Health announced that Sacramento’s indoor mask mandate would be lifted for vaccinated people on Feb. 16.  In response, Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen released a SacSend email saying the university will...

Volunteers distribute grocery items at the St. Paul Church of God-Christ Food Distribution Center in Sacramento on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Students can expect the university to send out applications in March as more information on the program is released. (Photo by Laura De la Garza Garcia)
Sacramento State included in College Corps $10,000 pilot program for students
Program set to launch in March
Laura De la Garza Garcia February 26, 2022

Sacramento State has joined several other California colleges and universities in a community service program that will award $10,000 to selected students for 450 hours of community service while allowing them to earn college credit and get resume-building...

Sacramento State University President Robert Nelsen addresses students in the University Union about COVID-19 policies on campus on Sept. 3, 2020. In his address on Jan. 21, 2022, Nelsen discussed continuing COVID-related issues and plans to change the culture of the campus to fight systemic racism.
Nelsen’s 2022 Spring Address: Anti-Racism, COVID and a “Healing Campus”
Odin Rasco January 22, 2022
Sacramento State University’s President Nelsen gave his Spring Address Friday, covering COVID, anti-racism, graduation rates, and more.
An empty view of tables near the Riverfront Center at Sacramento State on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. The State Hornet spoke with Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills and Provost Steve Perez to answer questions about the COVID-19 protocols and percentage of in-person classes in spring 2022.
FAQ: What to know about Sac State’s spring 2022 classes, COVID-19 protocols
Dominique Williams December 13, 2021
The State Hornet spoke with Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills and Provost Steve Perez to answer questions about the COVID-19 protocols and percentage of in-person classes in spring 2022. Here’s what you need to know:
Sacramento State students with exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement test for COVID-19 at the testing site in parking structure III across from The WELL on Sept. 30, 2021. All Sac State students are able to test at the site using their OneCard.
Sac State no requiere a sus estudiantes reportar exámenes positivos de COVID-19 tomados fuera del campus
96% de estudiantes accedendo el campus están completamente vacunados
Dominique Williams and Erick Salgado November 7, 2021

To read the English version click here   Sacramento State no requiere que sus estudiantes notifiquen a la universidad si salen positivos de COVID-19 en los exámenes mandatorios tomados  fuera de la escuela, según los Servicios de Consejería...

Sacramento State students with exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement test for COVID-19 at the testing site in parking structure III across from The WELL on Sept. 30, 2021. All Sac State students are able to test at the site using their OneCard.
Sac State students not required to report positive off campus COVID-19 tests
96% of students accessing campus are fully vaccinated
Dominique Williams November 1, 2021
Sacramento State students are recommended, but not required, to notify the university if they test positive for COVID-19 off campus or outside of the campus’ mandatory testing.
FILE PHOTO: Catherine Nigro, registered nurse for the Student Health Center, prepares for the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed to students and faculty in the Brown Bag room in the Union on Jan. 28, 2021. Sac State Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills said that professors have “not yet” been emailed a list of their students who missed the COVID-19 vaccine certification deadline.
Sac State struggles to deny campus access to students who missed vaccination deadline
Camryn Dadey, news editor • September 16, 2021
While 2,206 Sacramento State students have still failed to certify their COVID-19 vaccination status and are denied access to campus, Sac State Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills told The State Hornet that professors have “not yet” been emailed a list of their students who were now denied access to campus.
(File photo) Sacramento State students walking on campus by Mendocino Hall in September 2019. 4,306 Sac State students failed to meet the Sept. 13 deadline to self-certify their COVID-19 vaccination status, according to an email from Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills.
Sac State denies campus access to 4,306 students after failing to certify COVID-19 vaccination status
Students who fail to certify by Sept. 27 will have in-person courses administratively dropped
Camryn Dadey, news editor • September 14, 2021
4,306 Sac State students failed to meet the Sept. 13 deadline to self-certify their COVID-19 vaccination status and are now denied access to campus, according to an email from Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills.
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Sac State students celebrate

The State Hornet spoke with Hispanic and Latino students on campus to learn more about what this month signifies to them and about their experiences here at Sac State. Watch the video here.

News

The Chicanx/Latinx Faculty and Staff Association held its first “Spotlighting Plática” where professor Joanna Nuñez, Serna Center coordinator Noel Mora and student Kristal Padilla shared their journey in higher education. Read more on the plática here.

Civil rights icon Dolores Huerta spoke on the importance of voting, the census and anti-racism for Sac State’s Serna Center virtual event on Oct. 9, 2020. The 90-year-old icon and activist is known for her leadership in the farm labor movement and her advocacy for the working poor, women’s rights and civic action. Read more here.

The Serna Center hosted their annual “La Bienvenida” event, focused on showcasing Latinx clubs and resources at Sac State. Read more here.

Sac State alumnus and five-year Sacramento City Councilman Eric Guerra announced his candidacy for the California State Senate District 6 seat on Feb. 20, 2021. Guerra spoke with The State Hornet and recalled his early years as a student on March 1. Read more here.

The State Hornet spoke to Sac State Dreamers about their experience being undocumented after former President Donald Trump threatened the existence of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Read more on their experiences here.

Noticias en Español

Al principio del semestre de otoño 2021, ex diputado jefe de la oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Sacramento Chet Madison Jr. empezó como el jefe del departamento de policía para Sac State. Haga clic aquí.

El State Hornet ha creado un guía para ayudar a los estudiantes a encontrar edificios importantes, comodidades y otros lugares después de 18 meses de lecturas virtuales. Haga clic aquí.

El Avispón Del Estado

El State Hornet ha lanzado un nuevo podcast semanal en español que recapitula las noticias más importantes de la semana.

En este episodio del podcast El Avispón del Estado, el editor de cobertura en Español Erick Salgado y la editora digital Mercy Sosa repasan sobre las noticias más importantes del semestre.

Un podcast es una emisión de radio que se puede escuchar en medio electrónico como su teléfono, computadora o tableta electrónica.

Opinion

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Magaly Muñoz

“Latinx kids want to be the best because we’re so determined to give our generation’s culture a better reputation than the one that precedes us, but at what cost are we breaking down these stereotypes?”

Read more in her testimonial on mental illness in the Mexican community here.

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Estefany Nuñez

“It was refreshing to have a Latinx lead in the gothic genre.”

Read more in Nuñez' review of 10 books they read in quarantine here.

Arts & Entertainment

Sac State alumnus Jorge De La Cruz, known by his stage name Jay Cruz, has gone from playing music in his garage to performing on the big stage. Read more here.

Banda La Octava Maravilla headlined El Grito, an event in celebration of Mexican Independence hosted by Sacramento State’s UNIQUE Programs, in the University Ballroom on Sept. 13, 2019. Read more here.

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Mercy Sosa, digital editor
San Diego native Mercy Sosa returns in the fall 2022 semester as the digital editor for a second time at The State Hornet. She is a fourth-year student who joined The Hornet in spring 2020 as a politics beat writer; she later served as news editor for two semesters. She has also freelanced for The Sacramento Business Journal and is the vice president of finance for Sac State’s chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.








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