Latinx Heritage Month, also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, is nationally celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observance in the United States was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. It was expanded into a monthlong celebration two decades later.
Why September 15 to October 15?
Unlike other heritage months at Georgia State, this particular celebration begins in the middle of September. There's a reason behind that timing.
Nationally, Hispanic Heritage Month always starts on September 15 - a historically significant day marking the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua). This time period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on September 16 and September 18, respectively.*
About Heritage Months
Heritage Months celebrate the customs, values, and traditions of different cultures, examining the issues and struggles of different communities as well as affirming their contributions to society. Heritage months are important in providing intentional space for teaching, learning and reflection. Each month, we celebrate the identities and histories of members of Georgia State’s global communities through vibrant performances, lectures, and activities that celebrate our rich cultural diversity and help us understand our shared history.
Event Highlights this Month
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Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4 to 5 p.m. (with future dates through Nov. 29, please see information link below)
CIRCLE, Langdale Hall, Room 128
Center for International Resources & Collaborative Language Engagement (CIRCLE), Department of World Languages and Cultures
Calling all language enthusiasts!
Are you ready to enhance your Spanish skills while enjoying a cup of coffee and some delicious snacks? Look no further! We're excited to invite you to Café con Sara en Espanol on Wednesdays from 4 - 5 pm at the CIRCLE in Langdale Hall.
Thursday, Sept. 14, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
Office of Black Student Achievement, Cultures, Communities & Inclusion, Latinx Student Services and Outreach (LASSO), Multicultural Center, Department of World Languages & Cultures, Department of Educational Policy Studies
Come join LASSO, LACCHI, and CEHD Educational Policy Studies as we kick off Latinx Heritage Month with the award winning film We Still Here. There will be a Q & A session with film makers and a post screening conversation about the film.
About We Still Here: In response to the government's disregard and poor relief management during Hurricane Maria, young residents from Comerio, Puerto Rico activate themselves by taking control and transforming not only their lives but their community.
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12 to 2 p.m.
Student Center East Ballroom
Cultures, Communities & Inclusion, Latinx Student Services and Outreach (LASSO), Multicultural Center, POUNCE Rewards Program, Spotlight Programs Board
Join LASSO as we celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! We will be celebrating our Latinx organizations on campus as well as a having a traditional dance performance by one of our very own students. Special guests DJ DOMI and Salsa performance by Paso Fino Dance Studio.
Join us for dance, music, free food, activities, and more!
Wednesday, Sept. 20, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Hall
Leadership Programs, Latinx Student Services and Outreach (LASSO), POUNCE Rewards Program
Join in the discussion with a panel of distinguished Hispanic Georgia State alumni representing a variety of careers. Lunch will be served. The following alumni will be present at the panel:
- David Catalan Perez, Government and Public Services Analyst for Deloitte
- Martha Revelo, Associate Director of Government Affairs
- Alexandria White, Recruiter News and Sports, Warner Bros. Discovery
We'll post additional events and provide location/date/time updates in this section!
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Latinx Student Services and Outreach (LASSO) provides a space for students of all backgrounds to gather throughout the school day and immerse themselves in Latinx culture and a familia in which students support one another through their academic journeys and beyond.
Cultures, Communities & Inclusion
Cultures, Communities, and Inclusion celebrates the U in GSU! CCI provides a variety programs, initiatives, and workshops that educate, fosters community-building, enriches the overall campus experience for the campus community, and prepare students for the world that awaits them post-graduation.
The Multicultural Center supports Georgia State University’s mission of educating students to participate in a global economy with individuals different from themselves. To assist students in successfully engaging in this global process, the Multicultural Center provides opportunities for intentional, meaningful programming and dialogue to assist students to learn more about themselves and others.
Get involved! LASSO has a helpful page listing student organizations you may find of interest.
LACCHI Affinity Group
The mission of the Latina/o/x, Chicana/o/x, Caribbean, Hispanic and Indigenous (LACCHI) affinity group is to provide a space for solidarity and cross disciplinary collaboration for faculty and staff who identify as LACCHI.
Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies
The Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies is an interdisciplinary teaching, research, and community service program for the Latin American and Latino/a communities in Georgia. We offer students extensive knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean and their corresponding communities within the United States through academic study, personalized training, and research abroad.
International Initiatives leads at Georgia State by creating a campus culture that builds interdisciplinary synergies and expands global opportunities where faculty, staff, students, and our Atlanta-area colleagues can collaborate, innovate, and form engaged partnerships with far-reaching impact.
World Languages & Cultures
The Department of World Languages and Cultures serves a threefold purpose: to encourage an appreciation of humanistic values through the study of world literatures and cultures, to teach world languages as a means of communication, and to prepare students for academic careers and opportunities available in the field of international business.