Hispanic American Heritage Month
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month and an opportunity for the Hawkeye campus community to learn more about Hispanic and Latino history, celebrate diversity, and consider ways to contribute to create a more inclusive society.
About National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic American Heritage Month “…traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.” (National Hispanic American Heritage Month website)
Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country — the term is about language. Spanish is the official language of the following 20 countries, as well as Puerto Rico: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Spain, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Latino/a/x refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who originated from a country in Latin America: Mexico in North America; Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in Central America; Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay in South America; and Cuba, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the Caribbean.
Resources and Events
“Have you ever heard a salsa rhythm that just made you want to groove? Perhaps bitten into a loaded taco bursting with flavor that makes you wonder how all of these flavors got into one bite? Maybe you have heard a friend from the Dominican Republic speaking Spanish to a companion from Argentina and thought, wow are they both really speaking the same language? Take a dive deeper into the world of Hispanic and Latinx heritage!” Watch Proud of Our Past, Embracing Our Future — Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
Latino history is American history. This website shares the most recent scholarship in Latino history: American Latino Heritage Theme Study.
The Diversity of Hispanic Cuisine, From Mexico To the Patagonia
On October 11, 2021, Saul Flores (pronounced sah–ool), will present The Walk of The Immigrants to share a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their grueling and dangerous journey to the United States. Time TBA. Learn more about Saul Flores and this event.
Iowa's Latino Heritage Festival is the only two-day Latino Heritage festival in the state. Saturday, September 25 – Sunday, September 26, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Hispanic vs. LatinX: Who is left out of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations?