Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month
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
Hispanic/Latinx Caf Takeover
4:30-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28
To celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, the Caf will serve foods from many different Hispanic and Latinx countries. Learn more
Coffee and Conversation with Common Ground and Mi Gente
7 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7
A. F. Siebert Chapel
Come join Common Ground and Mi Gente for a Coffee and Conversation event with free coffee from Esperanza Coffee Collective (a local Guatemalan business), free coffee mugs for you to take home, and breakfast. All are welcome! To celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, we will talk about the importance of coffee in Hispanic and Latinx communities.
Hispanic Heritage Month Commemoration
5:15-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 13
Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms
Meet guest speaker Miss Racine 2022 María José Castillo Venegas while enjoying music, dancing, games, and more! Rockittacos food truck will also be in front of the Todd Wehr Center during the event. Students can use their meal swipes to buy food from the truck.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
- Mi Gente student organization
- Engagement and Inclusion Center
- Resources and support
- Bias Education Response Team
- Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
- Hispanic Alliance for Latino Enhancement
- Hispanic Heritage Foundation
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- League of United Latin American Citizens
- TransLatin@ Coalition
- United We Dream
Learn about Hispanic and Latinx history
- Under the Same Moon
- Stand and Deliver
- The Book of Life
- McFarland, USA
- Real Women Have Curves
- Join the Celebration: Hispanic Heritage Month Original Song
- Good Morning America: National Hispanic Heritage Month begins today
- VICE News: The fruit of Mexico’s cheap labor
- AJ+: Meeting the Undocumented Coachella Farmworkers Feeding America
- Washington Post: Meet the Mexicans working the jobs most Americans don’t want
- Human Rights Watch: Fingers to the Bone: Child Farmworkers in the U.S.
- Meet Generations of California Latino Farmers
- ABC News: How an immigrant farmworker beats the odds to become a NASA astronaut
- Civil Rights and Hispanics in Texas
- UnidosUS: How English is used to segregate Latino students
- Chicano Movement, Hispanic Americans During The Civil Rights Movement
- Intersectionality, Colorism, and the Hispanic Community
- What is Colorism? How it Affects the Latino Community
- Vox: The History of Gasoline Baths at the Border
- Who are you calling Latinx?
- Latinx isn’t popular with Latinos
- Hispanic health in the U.S.A.
- Hispanics in the American Workforce
- These Latinas Were Pioneers for Workers’ Rights in the U.S.
- Racial segregation of Latino students continues with English-only laws
- Latino students misdiagnosed with disabilities raises questions about discrimination
- The Mendez Family who fought school segregation eight years before Brown v. Board of Education
- The Brutal History of Anti-Latino Discrimination in America
- On Separate Paths: The Mexican American and African American Legal Campaigns against School Segregation
- ‘No Mexicans Allowed:’ School Segregation in the Southwest
- 5 Latino-Led Labor Strikes That Championed Rights for American Workers
- Honduras and Immigration
- Dealing with the Causes: Mexico’s Economic Policy and Migration
- Majority of Latinos Say Skin Color Impacts Opportunity in America and Shapes Daily Life
- Why Understanding Colorism Within the Latino Community Is So Important
- Latinos have many skin tones. Colorism means they’re treated differently.