Featured Latinx Events

2023 Heritage Month Events

Saturday, October 7 - Piñata-Making Workshop

Come celebrate Sopa's 4th anniversary at River's Place. This all-day event begins at noon with local artist Agla leading the piñata-making workshop. 

Time: noon-2pm
Location: River's Place 787 NE Purcell BlvdBend, OR
Cost: Free for COCC students, small fee per piñata for public



Tuesday, October 17 - Author Emilly Prado

Emilly Prado is a writer, DJ, and educator living in Portland, Oregon with roots in the San Francisco Bay Area and Michoacán, Mexico. She is the author of Funeral for Flaca (Future Tense Books, 2021), an essay collection called, “Utterly vulnerable, bold, and unique,” by Ms. Magazine and a winner of a 2022 Pacific Northwest Book Award, a 2021 bronze winner of the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award in Essays, and several other honors.

Community EventFuneral for Flaca book image

The public is invited to join Emilly for a speaking engagement, Q&A, and book signing.  

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Bend campus, Coats Campus Center - Wille Hall

Other details: This is event is free and open to the public

Student  Event Emilly Prado image

Students join us for a workshop led by Emilly where she'll share her journey in higher education as you navigate your journey.

Time: noon-1 p.m.
Location: Bend campus, Coats Campus Center 116

Other details: This is a student only event


Thursday, October 26 - Film Screening of Paper Children  

Paper Children film posterWe will begin with viewing the documentary Paper Children, followed by a Q&A.  Film is in Spanish, English subtitles will be available.

Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Location: Redmond Campus
Other details: Event is free and open to the public

Ligh snacks will be provided as well.

For more information about Latinx Heritage Month Events email latinx@cocc.edu.


Spring Event - 2023 Latinx Fiesta 

Event details:

Saturday, April 15 from noon-4p.m.
Bend Campus - Coats Campus Center
2600 NW College Way
Celebrate culture with food and fun!
Silent Auction, music, loteria!
FREE AND OPEN to the public
Suggested donation: $10 
Donations and silent auction proceeds support the Latinx Scholarship Fund

Detalles del evento:

sábado, 15 de abrilmediodía-4p.m.
El campus de bend en Coats Campus Center
2600 NW College Way
¡Celebramos nuestra cultura con comida y diversión!
Evento es gratis y abierto al público
Donacion recomendada: $10 
Aceptamos donaciones para ayudar estudiantes del Programa Latino con becas.


Fall Events - 2022 Latinx Heritage Month  

Upcycled Piñata-Making Workshops, October 5 & 6
Oct. 5, 5-7p.m. at The Environmental Center, 16 NW Kansas Ave
Redmond: Oct. 6, 5-7p.m. at the COCC Redmond Campus, RTEC 209, 2030 SE College Loop
*Space is limited for both workshops; RSVP to attend at latinx@cocc.edu.

The piñata-making workshops are a collaboration with a local Latina artist and The Environmental Center. These 2 events are also a part of their Green Drinks series. To learn more, check out Green Drinks at The Environmental Center

The Whisper of Silence, a virtual streaming film event, October 20-28
View the trailer for The Whisper of Silence
To register and stream, email latinx@cocc.edu.

All events are free and open to the public - RSVP to register.

*COCC celebrates throughout the month of October - see below for more information as to why.

2022 Latinx Heritage Month Events


Previous Heritage Month Events

For 2021 Central Oregon Community College's (COCC) Latinx program hosted free virtual viewing events in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, including a prerecorded music event celebrating the life, times, and work of three significant Latin and South American women. As well as a traditional pupusa and Chilean sopaipilla cooking demonstrations. View the videos.

"Tres Vidas," a prerecorded ensemble event, was conceived and performed by the Core Ensemble of Florida and celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American women. It features the storylines of painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina, presented with popular folk songs from those countries. Email latinx@cocc.edu to receive a study guide and the viewing link, valid from Oct. 19-23.

Tres Vidas

Latinx Heritage Month takes place from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, but COCC's celebration stretches through October due to fall term timing. This time is meant for recognition, education and a time to celebrate Latino, Latina, Latine and Latinx identities, culture, and history. The dates of recognition correlate to historical events across Latin American countries. For instance, Sept. 15 is the date that five Latin American countries — Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua — earned independence from Spain in 1821.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Ruggieri at jruggieri@cocc.edu or 541-318-3726.

Latinx Student Club Meetings

Bend Latinx Club - Tuesdays, 12p.m.

Redmond Latinx Club - on pause for 2023-24 school year

Madras Latinx Club - on pause for 2023-24 school year.

Contact latinx@cocc.edu for more information.