The University of Minnesota Rochester Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Authored By: dies0044 09/22/2021

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

Rochester Public Library Celebrates Hispanic History Month 

September 24, 2021, 12 p.m., USquare 318
LatinX/Hispanic Student Group First Meeting

September 25, 2021
Conferencia Alianza Latinx 2021 a free virtual conference. Register to attend.

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