Hispanic Heritage Month History
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events and Resources
September 24, 2021, 12 p.m., USquare 318
LatinX/Hispanic Student Group First Meeting
September 28, 2021, 2:30 - 4 p.m., USquare 415 or via Zoom
Diversity Dialogue: Intersections of Identity LatinX and LGBTQI+
October 5, 2021, 2:30 - 4 p.m. USquare 419
Film Viewing The Surgeon's Cut, Sacred Brain - Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa
October 7, 2021, 4 - 5:30 p.m. USquare 417
Film Viewing and Discussion HBO Docu Series Habla Now
October 9, 2021, 8:30 - 10 a.m. USquare 417
Q&A Session with Dr. Q about his documentary The Surgeon’s Cut
October 15, 2021 4 - 5:30 p.m., USquare 4th Floor
University of Minnesota Rochester Latinx Meet and Greet