ELAC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month - Week 1Posted: Sep/19/2022 11:56 AM
ELAC is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting a few individuals who have made a lasting impact. We as a campus honor these and so many other Hispanic trailblazers, educators, scientists, artists, activists, writers, and professionals who help make our communities more resilient & equitable.
Dr. Francisco Rubio (41), the Los Angeles-born Salvadorian-American army colonel could be the first Latino Astronaut who could set foot on Mars in 2033. NASA announced the 13 astronauts selected from more than 18,000 candidates who could be part of the first-ever manned mission to Mars. The Florida native graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and earned a Doctorate of Medicine from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Prior to attending medical school, he served as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot and served time during deployments to Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Rubio is a board certified family physician and flight surgeon. He was raised by a single mother in El Salvador and lived there until the age of 5. Rubio is married and has four kids ages 7 to 13.
Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro is a director, screenwriter, and producer who was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1964. He produced critically acclaimed films, such as Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, and The Shape of Water. In 2019, Guillermo was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He developed an interest in filmmaking in his early teens, learning about makeup and effects, which helped him to make his own short films. By the age of 21, del Toro produced his first feature and later formed his own company, Necropia. Del Toro created the Jenkins-Del Toro International Film Scholarship, a $60,000 annual award for an aspiring Mexican filmmaker to study abroad at a prestigious film institute.
Sandra Cisneros is a Mexican author, poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, performer, and artist known for her bestselling coming-of-age tale, The House on Mango Street and the short story collection, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. As the first Mexican-American author to have her work published by a mainstream publisher, she is regarded as one of the most influential Latina in the literary space, and a pioneer of the Chicano literary movement. Sandra has won numerous awards, including the NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, MacArthur Fellowship, PEN America Literary Award, and the National Medal of Arts. Cisneros has spent most of her life advocating for at-risk youth and continues to give back through her work with the Macondo and Alfredo Cisneros del Moral Foundations.