Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th -  October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15-October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain. In the United States, there are approximately 58.5 million people who have ancestries connected to these countries, yet they reside in the United States. Many labels are used for this groups, with the most common umbrella terms being “Hispanic” and “Latina/o/x.” Since 1968, HHM has been recognized by the federal government and celebrated across the United States. The start of the month, September 15th, is significant, as several Latin American countries celebrate their independence from Spain on this day, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during the month on September 16th and 18th respectively.

A University-wide committee, chaired by Dr. Gina Garcia and the Latino Student Association (LSA), has come together to develop a comprehensive month of HHM 2018 activities that fall within LSA’s four core principles, including cultural, educational, social, and advocacy. The committee includes representatives from across the campus, as well as those from local organizations and other colleges and universities in Pittsburgh, who are striving to create a  collaborative calendar of events intended to create awareness of Hispanics/Latinas/os/xs in Pittsburgh and the broader U.S. context.

See the first official HHM YouTube video that was created by Student Affairs! 

If you have questions, ideas, or want to get more involved with HHM, please email pittlatinosa@gmail.com. 

Below is a listing of events that occurred during HHM 2019.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events



Pitt-Greensburg: Latin American Stories

September 12, 7:00 pm

HMH Kick Off Festival

September 14, 3:00 pm

Hispanic Heritage Month Brashear High School Recruitment

September 17, 2:00 pm

Latin Leaders Gathering

September 18, 4:00 pm

Hispanic Heritage Month Gateway High School Recruitment

September 18, 2:00 pm

Center for Latin American Studies Welcome Back Reception

September 19, 5:00 pm

Engaging "Hard-to-Reach" Communities in Research through Community Resident Research Teams

September 20, 11:00 am

Designing and Implementing a Stress and Coping Intervention with Latino Immigrants in a Nontraditional Migration Area

September 20, 2:30 pm

Hispanic Latinx Professional Association Meet & Greet at the Porch

September 20, 4:30-6:30 pm

Kirsten Valdez Quade: Reading and Conversation with the winner of the 2019/20 Fred R. Brown Literary Award

September 26, 7:30 pm

Hispanic Discussion Round Tables

September 26, 4:00 pm

Salsa Date Night

September 27, 8:00 pm

Documentary: DisEmPowered: Puerto Rico’s Perfect Storm

September 27, 6:00 pm

Symposium: From Hurricane María to the Political Summer Storm of 2019: Puerto Rico at a Crossroad

September 28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

CHE Journal Club: “There Is No Help Out There And If There Is, It’s Really Hard To Find”: A Qualitative Study Of The Health Concerns And Health Care Access Of Latino “Dreamers”

October 4, 1:00 pm

Emerging Latino Communities Reading and Publishing Group

October 4, 10:30 am

Spanish Tertulia

October 8, 11:45 am

Tour in Spanish, UAG's Materializing Memory: Contemporary Art from China

October 10, 5:00 pm

Change the Subject Film Screening

October 10, 2:00-3:30 pm

Disrespecting the Border

October 11 - 13

"Las Madres De Berks" Film Screening and Panel

October 11, 6:00 pm

Family Separations: Short and Long-Term Effect on Children

October 11, 2:00 pm

Noche Latina 2019 Sponsored by the Spanish and Latin Student Association (SALSA)

October 12, 8:00 pm - 12:00 am

Día Comunitario Latino (Latino Community Day)

October 13, 2:00-4:00 pm

Latinx Artists' Books Pop-up Exhibit

October 14, 2:00-4:00 pm

Book Launch - "Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities

October 15, 4:00 pm

Dia de la Raza 

October 18, 7:00 pm

Spanish Tertulia

October 19, 11:45 am

Spanish Tertulia

October 29, 11:45 am

Family Separations: Short and Long-term Effect on Children

November 10, 2:00 pm