Celebrating Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

In Honor of National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, the Office of Equity and Inclusion is highlighting events, podcasts, articles, and more that celebrate the history and accomplishments of the Hispanic and Latinx communities. 

“Our food is different, our customs are different; however, the unifying family spirit is the same across all Hispanic groups. This is what drives us all together; we help each other out and build each other up.” — Angel Ramos

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is held from September 15 to October 15. It is celebrated nationwide and each year honors the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries.

A significant distinction to make in the education of Hispanic vs. Latinx terms is that Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendent of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country, and Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendent of someone who is from, a country in Latin America. 

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month began as a weeklong celebration in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. It wasn’t until 1988 that President Ronald Reagan extended the week to 31 days. He kept the starting date of Sept. 15 because it coincides with the national independence day of Guatemala, Honduras, Èl Salvador, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Similarly, Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16, Chilè on Sept. 18, and Belize on Sept. 21.

Celebrating at Carthage

3rd Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration

5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5
Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms

Hispanic/Latinx Caf Takeover

11:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 11
The Caf
To celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, the Caf will serve foods from many different Hispanic and Latinx countries.

films with a purpose

4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12
Engagement and Inclusion Center
This film series presents important documentaries highlighting important historical and contemporary social justice issues. Discussions follow each film.


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