Latin American rhythms permeated throughout the Galveston College main campus hallways as the Hispanic Serving Institution celebrated its Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta on Oct. 9, 2023 in the college’s atrium.


Students, faculty and staff enjoyed Loteria, papel picado and coloring activities, as well as aguas frescas, traditional sugar cookies and a limited edition T-shirt giveaway celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

6 students pose with HHM Fiesta Day shirts.

“I really liked the event, as it gives students the opportunity to elevate their cultural knowledge of their fellow classmates and faculty by immersing themselves in the festivities,” said GC Student Government President, Trina Woodard. “I believe that life experience is the best teacher, so it elevates the learning experience, possibly sparking an interest which a student had not even acknowledged due to the lack of exposure.”

Students gather around a table playing games.

The fiesta was presented by the GC Hispanic Student Organization, in collaboration with the Culinary Arts and Theatre/Drama programs, Student Activities and Marketing and Communication Departments.


Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the United States and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the U.S.

Person displaying HHM books.