The Edinburg Housing Authority (EHA) and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Mexican American Studies Academic Program collaborate to celebrate second annual Hispanic Heritage event.

More than 45 participants including EHA Youth Leadership Association (YLA) members, Board of Commissioners, UTRGV authors, UTRGV undergraduate students and staff attended the celebration that was held this past Saturday Oct. 12th at the EHA admin building.

Executive Director Rodolfo “Rudy” Ramirez and Director of Operations Elizabeth Hernandez welcomed the public and recognized La Posada resident Eliseo Moreno, EHA Maintenance Supervisor Caesar Alvarado and Section 8 inspector Horacio Lopez for their displayed art work. Minutes later, UTRGV Associate Professor Dr. Cinthya Saavedra introduced herself and announced authors Dr. Christopher Carmona and Dr. Robert P. Moreira.

UTRGV Assistant professor Dr. Christopher Carmona presented his new novel El Rinche and explained his cultural ties to the publication that will become a four-volume series in the future.

UTRGV professor Dr. Robert P. Moreira presented his two books, Scores and Arriba Baseball where he explained the connection of his publications to the baseball sport and his Hispanic roots. Later, UTRGV undergraduate students acted a brief 10 min play written by Dr. Moreira that those in attendance enjoyed.

Members of the YLA received signed novels from authors Dr. Carmona and Dr. Moreira and were also given complimentary donated books from the Book Rich Environment (BRE) program.

The event ended shortly after the play and attendees along with UTRGV special guests enjoyed some delicious tamales, rice and beans.

The cooperation of Dr. Saavedra and authors was of great importance to the agency because they had the opportunity to express the reflection of their Hispanic background in the making of their novels.

“I hope that they (youth) get curious about being writers or curious to what it takes to be a writer or anything that involves growing in their educational careers. In addition to of course center around their heritage and how you can see the authors pull from their heritage and culture to be writers.” Said Saavedra.

The EHA is grateful to everyone who participated for making the Hispanic Heritage event a success. The agency will continue to join efforts with university programs to have more events like this in the following years.