Dr. Javier Gomez speaking at an Hispanic Heritage Month event

Dr. Javier G. Gómez, Japanese and Spanish instructor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus, was the keynote speaker honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at Pascagoula High School on October 3.

Gómez spoke on the importance of bilingualism and biculturalism to Pascagoula High faculty, staff and students; employees of Ingalls Shipbuilding; members of the Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance (HOLA); and community members.

“Biculturalism and by extension bilingualism are vitally important to a strong, dynamic community,” Gómez said. “They promote creativity, an appreciation of divergent views and values, and provide a richness and perspective to our own lives that enhances our enjoyment of the world.”

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15 in recognition of the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States’ history, heritage and culture.

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