Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
Olá! Denis here. I am part of CCI’s committee of diversity and inclusion. I am also a member of the Hispanic/Latinx Staff/Faculty Caucus. In those capacities, it is my pleasure to announce: the Hispanic Heritage Month has started!
What is the Hispanic Heritage Month
The Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration of the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic and Latine people. It is observed annually from September 15 to October 15. The dates were chosen to coincide with the independence days of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua (September 15), Mexico (September 16), and Chile (September 18).
There are many ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Some people attend festivals, concerts, and other cultural events. Others learn about Hispanic history and culture by reading books, watching movies, or visiting museums. There are even those who volunteer their time to help Hispanic communities. No matter how you choose to celebrate, Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to honor the rich and diverse heritage of Hispanic and Latino Americans.
Some interesting facts about the Hispanic Heritage Month
- The theme for this year is “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America.”
- The month was first proclaimed as Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.
- It was expanded to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
- Over 60 million Hispanic and Latinx people are living in the United States.
- Hispanics and Latines are the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States.
Hispanics and Latines have significantly contributed to American culture, politics, and society.
- Here are some calendar events you may like
I am collaborating on the organization of these events:
- September 27, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Bioinformatics department (CIPHER’s seminar room): This event will be a potluck for Hispanic Heritage Month organized by SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science). We encourage students to bring their favorite national dish for everyone to share and have opportunities for socialization and community. Don’t forget to RSVP and add what food you are bringing, if any, into this Potluck Dish spreadsheet.
- October 2, 5:30 to 7 pm, Bioinformatics department (2nd floor lobby and room 218): Any individuals, regardless of their background or skill level in dance, are welcome to join DALE (Dancing Association for Latine Expression) in this event that will revolve around Samba.
These events may also interest you:
- Hispanic Heritage Festival at Truist Field on September 23rd from 3-5 p.m. This festival will feature various cultural performances, food, and vendors. CLICK HERE
- Hola Charlotte on Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte on October 7th from noon to 6 pm. This event will feature food, music, dance, and cultural exhibits from Latin America. CLICK HERE
- Música Matthews at Stumptown Park in Matthews, NC, on October 21st from 5-9 pm. This festival will feature live music, dancing, food, and beverages from Latin America. CLICK HERE
You can find more events and information on the links below:
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