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! 

The HHM committee is encouraging the Pitt community to be actively engaged in the celebration of HHM 2018.  A list of HHM 2018 University Wide events is available below or check the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Event Calendar for all events.  To add an event to the ODI calendar, please complete this form.  

If you have questions, ideas, or want to get more involved with HHM 2018, please email pittlatinosa@gmail.com. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events



Exhibit: OjO Latino: A Photovoice Project Seeking the Recognition of Latino Presence in Pittsburgh

September 14 - October 15 (All day)

Lecture: OjO Latino: A Photovoice Project Seeking the Recognition of Latino Presence in Pittsburgh

September 14 1:00pm

Dean's Hour with Dean Kenyon Bonner, Dean of Students, featuring the Latino Student Association (in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month)

September 14 1:00pm - 2:00pm

LSA Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month Kick Off Event

September 15 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Latino Picnic

September 20 12:00pm - 7:00pm

How can Pitt better serve Hispanic/Latinx college students?

September 21 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Riverhounds Hispanic Heritage Night Special Offer

September 22 7:00pm

Latinx Student Association and Pitt Program Council Movie Night

September 30 7:30pm

LAGOS - Al cine!! - Movie Screening 

October 4 (All day)

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Presents: Dia de la Raza

October 5 7:00pm - 10:00pm

LAGOS Hispanic/Latinx Month Celebración

October 11 (All day)

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

October 11 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Responding to Reality-The Browning of Education: Latinx Myths and Realities in Urban Education

October 11 4:00pm - 6:30pm