Numbering over 60 million, Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x identified people comprise 18% of the U.S. population, and represent the largest racial-ethnic group in the United States. Yet the Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x population is not a monolith, with people within this racial-ethnic umbrella having origins in over 20 different Latin American and Caribbean countries, speaking multiple languages, and identifying with multiple racial groups, including Indigenous and Black. But what does it mean to be Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x in the United States? For those of us who identify with these terms we often ask ourselves this question, while non-Latin American, Hispanic, Latina, Latine, Latino, or Latinx individuals also wonder what these terms mean.
The purpose of this showcase is to help address this question by inviting all members of the Pitt & CMU community and Pittsburgh community at-large to submit artifacts relevant to aspects of their Hispanic/Latina/o/e/x racial, ethnic, and cultural identity. These identities include people with origins (historic and more recent) in Latin American regions from North America to México, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. To be Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x in the United States means many things, so we encourage submissions regardless of race, ethnicity, birthplace, immigration story, language(s) spoken and more.
In need of inspiration? Check out the Art of Diversity Showcase hosted by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Center for Creativity.
Artifacts may include but are not limited to poems, songs, dance, recipes, art, photographs, narratives, and souvenirs. With support from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and the Center for Creativity, they will be displayed online in the Showcase gallery and on University web and social media channels (with attribution to the artists) throughout Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 (September 15th-October 15th).