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The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (C.H.A.C.) was established in 2001 by the Board of Supervisors to provide an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic/Latino community and Coconino County.

Coconino County celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month through Oct. 15 with variety of events, programs

See links for variety Coconino County and area upcoming events.

COCONINO COUNTY — Coconino County has announced that it is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) with variety of upcoming events and programs.

On Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022, the Coconino County Board of Supervisors signed the Coconino County Proclamation designating Sept. 15-Oct. 15, 2022 as Hispanic Heritage Month. Reading the proclamation were Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) Vice President Dani Donaldson of Northern Arizona University and CHAC member and former chair Frank X. Moraga of www.AmigosNAZ.com

The Coconino County and the Board of Supervisors recognize cultural diversity as a core value of our organization; empowering the intersecting and overlapping social identities with a focus on equity, social justice, and actions and move our communities forward.

Please click on calendar below for links to a variety of Coconino County online and virtual presentations:

Also see other countywide upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events:

Oct. 5 — NAU Latin American Studies to present ‘The Life of the Mind and a Mind on the Move: Action and Advocacy in Academia’

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Celebrating Hispanic, Latiné Heritage Month at NAU

By Northern Arizona University News

National Hispanic, Latiné Heritage month is celebrated every year from Sept. 15 through Oct.15. This month-long celebration traditionally honors the culture, history and contributions of the Hispanic and Latiné communities.  

“I love Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Erik Perez, president of the Latiné Student Union (LSU) at NAU. “It makes me feel like my people get recognized for all the things we bring to this country;, between migrant workers providing all the food at our tables to community leaders that motivate us to shoot for the stars.”  

LSU’s mission on campus is to promote, amplify and celebrate the Hispanic and Latiné  students by allowing them to come together and embrace unity.

“As a first-generation college student and American, I still feel a deep connection to my roots,” Perez said. “My parents came to this country with nothing and gave me everything. This is a story that many of my friends share. It’s a connection that makes us admire our culture that much more. Hispanic Heritage Month is our time to show off the ‘cultura’ that we are so proud to be a part of!” 

Beginning Sept. 15, Northern Arizona University is celebrating Hispanic, Latiné heritage with a variety of events hosted by NAU’s Office of Inclusion (IMQ), Ethnic Studies and other groups. Through these events, NAU strives to honor the culture, history and diversity of individuals in the Latiné community. 

Schedule of events 

Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 

IMQ’s second annual “Librito”  (Little Book) Drive and Book Giveaway 

Donations can be dropped off in the Office of Inclusion (Bldg. 30, Room 134 and 135). The book drive will last from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. 

To participate in the book giveaway, follow the Office of Inclusion on Instagram.  

Sept. 26-29 

Hispanic, Latiné Cultural Bites: The Hot Spot 

Sept. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. 

Loteria with Transfer Jacks: IMQ Center 

Oct. 5, 5-6:30 p.m. 

Ethnic Studies Brown Bag Series: IMQ Center 

Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m. 

Latin Dance Night: International Pavillion (Bldg. 50A) 

Oct. 12, 12:30-2 p.m. 

Ethnic Studies Brown Bag Series: IMQ Center  

Oct. 20, 3-4 p.m. 

Student Affairs Spanish Conversation Tables – “Dia de los Muertos” 

University Union, Grand Canyon Room (#230) 

Open to NAU faculty and staff. Register before the event. 

Nov. 17, 3-4 p.m. 

Student Affairs Spanish Conversation Tables – “Gratitud y Esperanza”  

University Union, Grand Canyon Room (#230) 

Open to NAU faculty and staff. Register before the event. 

Dec. 8, 3-4 p.m. 

Student Affairs Spanish Conversation Tables— “Las Maravillas de Invierno” 

University Union, Grand Canyon Room (#230) 

Open to NAU faculty and staff. Register before the event. 

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CHAC, supporters celebrate Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ 2022 Tardeada Festival

Veterans honored for their service by visitors who also enjoyed a mild Summer day featuring mariachi music, folklorico performance, dancing, Mexican food and more.

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) was well represented at the 2022 Tardeada Festival on Aug. 20, 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces honored the region’s Hispanic roots by celebrating the seventh annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church south of downtown Flagstaff.

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council was well represented at the 2022 Tardeada Festival. Joining board member Frank Moraga at the CHAC information table were CHAC members Esteban Villarreal and Patty Garcia.

The free event drew more than 250 people with the entertainment stage featuring El Mariachi Tapatio de Tucson, dance music by La Banda Las Catrinas from Tucson, Ballet Folklorico de Colores de Flagstaff.

The highlight of the event included the presentation of certificates honoring the service of all veterans who attended the celebration.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors and the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) were the premier sponsors.

During the event, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces thanked all sponsors, individuals and organizations that contributed to the successful event.

Visit www.AmigosNAZ.com to see slideshows of photos and the entire story HERE

Joining board member Frank Moraga, above, at the CHAC information table were CHAC members Esteban Villarreal and Patty Garcia, below.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’s 7th annual Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada on Aug. 20 raises cultural awareness, promotes understanding in Coconino County

Free event, which has drawn upwards of 400 guests, provides cultural education to community, honors all veterans in region.

FLAGSTAFF — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will present its 7th annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The event is FREE, open to the public and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years. 

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors has served as the premier sponsor at past events.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits. Veterans of all cultural backgrounds and their families are encouraged to to attend so they can participate in the traditional group photo and receive their veterans recognition certificates.

The entertainment stage will feature Mariachi performers, Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff and a variety of dance music, Mexican and regular barbeque food will be sold as a fundraiser for the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ Cultural Heritage Fund.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

A Mariachi Mass is traditionally held the following Sunday, (11 a.m. Aug. 21) at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The public is invited to both events.

For more information, www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or send an email to president@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or info@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.

CHAC participates in Coconino County 2022 Cultural ‘Diversity Day’

The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council took part in Coconino County’s Cultural “Diversity Day” held on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at the Coconino County Superior Courthouse Lawn. CHAC members participating included Dani Donaldson of Northern Arizona University, Frank X. Moraga of www.AmigosNAZ.com and Esteban Villarreal of Coconino County.

A variety of other organizations and county departments participated in the annual event including the African Diaspora Advisory Council and the Indigenous Peoples Council.

The event was part of Coconino County Diversity Week: June 20 through June 24, 2022.