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 2019, please email pittlatinosa@gmail.com. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events



HMH Kick Off Festival

September 14, 3:00 pm

HHM Research Talk

September 20 2:30 pm

HHM Film Documentary: Change the Subject

September 26 3:00 pm

HHM Discussion Tables

October 3 4:00 pm

Journal Club: DACA - Health Concerns of Dreamers

October 4 1:00 pm

Emerging Latino Communities Reading and Publishing Group

October 4 10:30 am

Las Madres De Berks

October 10 6:00 pm

HHM Film Documentary

October 10 3:00 pm

Spanish and Latin Student Association

October 12 8:00 pm

Family Separations: Short and Long-term Effect on Children

November 10 2:00 pm