Press Release
Posted September 23, 2021

Lorain County Community College (LCCC) celebrates national Hispanic American Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 1, with events including a special spotlight day at the “Celebrating 100 years of Latino History in Lorain” exhibit from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Lorain Historical Society Carnegie Center.

All are welcome to the free exhibit highlighting the history of Vine Avenue in South Lorain, produced by the Latino Lorain History Project and hosted by the Lorain Historical Society through Oct. 30.

Lorain Historical Society Carnegie Center is located at 329 W. 10th Street, Lorain. Shuttle service to and from the exhibit will be available to LCCC students from the LCCC main campus and Lorain Learning Center at City Center. Register for transportation.

“Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month is important because we are surrounded by a large Hispanic community that is a great part of our state’s history,” said Zarai Aquino, LCCC student senate president and University Partnership student. “Bringing everyone together to celebrate brings a sense of belonging, appreciation and inclusion.”

Other LCCC Hispanic Heritage Month activities include:

“In the Heights” Movie Screening and Social
6-9:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24
Culinary Arts Center lobby
“In the Heights” (2021) is the film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny as he sings about a better life. “The Effects,” a 20-minute short about a family’s bond challenged by immigration, will be presented first by actor Kenny Marrero. Food will be provided by Empanadas Latin Street food truck.

Vejigante Mask Workshop with Kenneth Melendez
5-7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8
Spitzer Conference Center
The event will cover the history of Puerto Rican festival mask-making, featuring musician Kenneth Melendez. Guests will paint their own masks.
This event requires registration and is limited to 25 participants.

Lunch & Learn with Victor Leandry
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13
Campana Center, room 101
Attendees will hear from Victor Leandry, executive director of El Centro De Servicios Sociales, speak on the Experience of Hispanic/Latinx in the United States. El Centro is a Latino nonprofit advocacy organization serving Greater Lorain County.

La Borinqueñ Comic Book Presentation
5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14
College Center Commons
Edgardo Miranda, author of superhero story, La Borinqueña, visits as part of his comic book tour. He will speak on his background, his work with Marvel & DC Comics, how La Borinqueña came to be, how it has impacted Hispanic communities and Puerto Rican culture as a whole, followed by a Q&A. Food will be provided by Manny’s Mobile Catering.

The community is welcome to attend all events. Register or learn more at Hispanic Heritage Month or contact Selina Gaddis at
All students, employees and visitors are required to wear a mask indoors on LCCC property, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status.