ECC Celebrates Dia De Los Muertos

Dia de los muertos painted face

ASB partnered with CE Outreach and counseling faculty to celebrate Dia de los Muertos on 11/2. Over 100 students participated in the event which included a live performance from ECC’s Nancy Gabriela, an ESL Student, an altar competition, costume contest and face painting by Roy Hernandez. 

Though Dia De Los Muertos is traditionally a celebratory holiday to honor deceased loved ones, this year it was the start of something new for San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE). Many people saw this occasion breathe life into unacquainted campus grounds that are part of the San Diego Community College District. “It was overwhelming and beautiful,” said Alberto “Beto” Vasquez, the present SDCE Outreach Coordinator. SDCE opened a new resource center earlier this fall.

Amidst many altars decorated by the students from the English as a Second Language Department, one exhibition featured Ramón "Chunky" Sánchez. He was known as a cultural icon of the Chicano community who died on October 28, 2016. He was 64. “We wanted to honor him.” said Vasquez. “His song Educate Not Incarcerate couples well with what’s happening in San Diego right now.” Vasquez referred to the ongoing mass incarcerations in the USA.

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