This year, Hillsborough Community College is celebrating 50 years of being a part of the Tampa Bay community. And this month, the school is celebrating the diversity that enriches the community with Hispanic Heritage Month.
“Today we are celebrating the contributions that Hispanics have made to our community throughout the year,” says Odette Figueruelo a Spanish professor at HCC.
During Hispanic Heritage Month, students can enjoy good food and student artist can share their hard work and network with other students. Deputy Marilyn Alvarez with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Officer Dennis Small with Tampa Police will be there as guest speakers to encourage students to become leaders in their communities.
“For me, it’s really important as a Hispanic woman in the administration to show that leadership in the Hispanic community is so important and to show them the transformative power of education,” says Aimee Busquet, Assistant Dean of Humanities at HCC.
More than 35 percent of students at the Dale Mabry campus are Hispanic.
“Most of our student body is of Hispanic descent so it’s really important for us to highlight that and highlight their community to be able to represent them as an institution,” says Carlo Cabrera the Student Government Association President.