AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Community College celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with their 11th annual Díez y Seis event Monday.
The event was held on the Riverside Campus, and was a way for guests to experience Hispanic culture, food, and history.
This year’s special guest speaker was former Texas Senator Gonzalo Barrientos, who served in the Texas legislature from 1975 to 2007.
Peck Young is the director of the ACC Center for Public Policy & Political Studies, which hosted the event.
“As one of the first Mexican-Americans to represent Travis County in the Texas Legislature, Barrientos is credited with helping pave the way for Latinos in local, state, and national politics,” said Young.
Guests also enjoyed live music from artists Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, and Roy Lozano’s Ballet Folklorico.