About Latinx Heritage Month
Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated nationally from September 15th - October 15th. Starting in 1968, Americans observed what was called, "Hispanic Heritage Week," this was expenaded to a month long celebration in 1988. Currently the Office of Multi-Ethnic student affairs helps lead the Latinx Heritage Month efforts at the University of Michigan.
Latinx Heritage Month 2021: Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, September 15 | 6:00 p.m.
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom & Livestream
Join us for the Opening Ceremony! We are excited to kick off our month-long celebration and hope you will join us! The event will include a keynote and calendar & logo reveal!
PUENTES Fall Welcome
Sunday, September 19 | 11:00 a.m.
Location: Michigan Union Pendleton Room
Puentes is excited to welcome all new Latinx graduate students to the University of Michigan. Join us to network with other Latinx students across disciplines, learn about campus resources, and build community! New and returning students are welcome to attend.
UCC Latinx Student Coffee Chat with Your Career Coach!
Tuesday, September 21 | 2:00 p.m.
It's more important now more than ever to stand out and be proud of your heritage. As we each adapt to new and unfamiliar working and living situations, staying connected and building community is vitally important. Today might have us feeling uncertain or unprepared and missing our in-person community. Therefore, we would like to bring members of the Latinx student community together for a virtual chat to connect about career topics! Join us and other students as we share experiences and strategies for navigating through social distancing, applying for internships or jobs. Join in on an informal zoom call to talk about preparing for the upcoming year from the point of view of a career coach. Joelle will also answer your questions, so grab a mug of coffee, tea, or water and join in on the conversation!
CCI “In the Heights” Talk Back
Tuesday, September 21 | 6:00 p.m.
Trotter Multicultural Centere, Multipurpose Room 3
Following the showing of the film "In the Heights" in Michigan Stadium on September 2nd, you are invited to join a talk back discussion on the topics of the movie, including various perspectives on it's praises and criticisms related to the themes of portrayal of Latinx culture, theater and film casting, and immigration.
Lotería Night with SACNAS
Wednesday, September 22 | 6:00 p.m.
Biological Sciences Building Room 1010
SACNAS will host a Loteria night to play and celebrate this traditional game originated in Mexico. Loteria could also be referred as Mexican or Spanish bingo. We are planing to create it in a hybrid format giving the opportunity to students to decide if they want to be in-person or virtual. We would like to offer prices for winners and maybe small refreshments for those students who decide to be in-person. At the beginning of the event we would like to give a small 10 minutes presentation about the origins of the game and the importance that it brings to Latix Heritage Month. We will plan for event to be about 1hr to 1.5 hrs, depending on the turn out. The exact amount of people participating will be TBD because we would like to hear more COVID guidelines and figure out what would be a safe capacity for those who want to participate in-person, but we will expect somewhere from 20-30 people total.
PUENTES Salsa Social
Sunday, September 26 | 3:00 p.m.
Dance Revolution, 220 S. Main St., Ann Arbor
Join Puentes for an in-person beginning salsa class where we will be learning New York style salsa (also known as dancing on two). This class will be taught by Laura Geddes at Dance Revolution located on 220 S. Main Street here in Ann Arbor. Laura Geddes is a professional dance instructor who specializes in salsa, mambo, bachata, casino and rueda de casino, merengue, cha cha, and pachanga. For more information see the Dance Revolution website. This event is scheduled to occur in-person and will require a mask to participate. Please also bring dance shoes or socks to dance in (no street shoes are permitted). All participants must abide by the Dance Revolution code of conduct "I will be present, aware, open minded, considerate, respectful, and trustworthy. I will make a positive contribution to Dance Revolution.I will be present, aware, open minded, considerate, respectful, and trustworthy. I will make a positive contribution to Dance Revolution."
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. “Mucho Mucho Amor”: A Documentary and Dialogue
Tuesday, September 28 | 7:00 p.m.
Location: Trotter Multicultural Center, Large Meeting Room
We'll watch the documentary Mucho Mucho Amor which is about the life of Puerto Rican Astrologer, Walter Mercado. Once we finish the movie we will enter a group dialogue about the film and themes that are present within.
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. National Voter Registration
Tuesday, September 28 | 7:00 p.m.
Location: Michigan Union, Tappan Room
As voting continues to be an important topic for all people living in the U.S., LTA recognizes how important it is for communities of color to be informed about voting eligibility, processes, and resources in their respective towns, cities, or states. Our event, National Voter Registration, provides insight about the importance of registering to vote and how to!
SHPE Platicando con Paletas
Wednesday, September 29 | 6:00 p.m.
Location: Palmer Commons, Great Lakes Room
The main objective of this event is to bring light to the student, professional, and industry experiences of Latinas at Michigan Engineering. We aim to find a sense of community in a male-dominated industry and highlight the resources that Michigan has to offer. As a social event, we want to share ice cream and experiences with our community.
MANRRS Conchas and Conversations
Wednesday, September 29 | 7:00 p.m.
Trotter Multipurpose Room 1
Zoom ID: 959 1594 8115 (https://umich.zoom.us/j/95915948115)
Conchas and Conversations is an open dialogue event where we will discuss how our guest panelist (all of LatinX decadent) have navigated the environmental fields in which they work, the battles they faced as a student, and ways in which students here at U of M can become involved in these fields too.
Mixed@Michigan Breaking Misconceptions of Latinidad in Mixed Race Communities
Thursday, September 30 | 8:00 p.m.
Location: Ideahub Room 2426
In the United States, it has been commonly misconceived that those who fall under the Latinx identity fall under the general umbrella of Latinidad. Who is defined as Latinx can take on vastly different meanings for people and when race comes into the picture, things can get even more confusing. In this workshop hosted by Mixed@Michigan, we will discuss the heterogeneity behind the Latinx identity in the United States and go through various questions that differ for many people: What does it mean to be Latinx? What does it mean to share both Latinx and other marginalized identities as a mixed person? Is there a true collective of Latinidad in America? Where did Biden go wrong when it came to densely populated Latinx states like Florida? These are some of the many nuanced discussion points that we hope to flesh out with our workshop and hope to have this conversation with a diverse group of people, regardless of ethnic or racial identification. Join us as we discuss the nuances behind Latinx identity in America and how the mixed race community fits into the conversation.
Bringing Anti-Racism to the Latinx Community: Exploring Our Complex Intersectional Latinx Identities
Friday, October 1 | 3:00 p.m.
Virtual, Register at https://sessions.studentlife.umich.edu/p/track/5983
Latinx folks have a complex racial history. The racial project in Latin America was one of “blanqueamiento” (to "improve the race" towards a supposed ideal of whiteness) by European colonizers. We bring this legacy (mixed with patriarchy and heterosupremacy) to the context we are in the United States. How can we live an anti-racist life as Latinx and be in solidarity with others when we perpetuate anti-Blackness, machismo, and anti-queerness within ourselves? In this workshop, you will explore the role of our intersectional social identities and how we heal the wounds of oppression (internalized and external) to take real action to undo it.
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Tres Leches Sale
Monday, October 4 | 1:00 p.m.
Location: Mason Hall
The Brothers of Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will be selling delicious Tres Leches! Submit your pre-order or visit us at our in-person location!
Realm of the Dead: An Installation Performance
Wednesday, October 6 | 6:00 p.m.
UM School of Social Work Atrium
Realm of the Dead is an installation/performance, chronicling Rogério Pinto's immigration trajectory, from poverty in Brazil to becoming a professor of social work at the U-M. The Realm is freely adapted from Pinto’s award-winning play, Marília, about his sister who died in an accident in the street outside the family home in Brazil when she was three years old and he just tenth months. The Realm of the Dead installation comprises more than thirty suitcases, each reflecting an aspect of Pinto’s multiple physical and spiritual journeys and representing the cemetery where Marília is buried. The performance includes autobiographical material and explorations of ethnicity, race, gender, class, and other identities. The autoethnographic content of the piece has been reformatted into workshops for students at the University of Michigan. The viewing of the installation is FREE and it takes about 45-60 minutes. The installation will be open to the public from October 4th to 17th (Monday - Friday: 8am - 10pm; Saturday: 8am - 6pm; Sunday: noon - 10pm). Visit https://www.pintorealmdead.com/ to learn more!
ASA & La Casa present Teach Me How to Dabke and Salsa
Thursday, October 7 | 8:00 p.m.
Trotter Multicultural Center, MPR
Join the Arab Student Association, Arabesque, and La Casa on Thursday, October 7th for a student-led “Teach Me How to Dabke and Salsa” event. Free shawarma and tacos for all participants!
Latinx Heritage Month 2021: Closing Ceremony
Friday, October 8 | 6:00 p.m.
Michigan League Ballroom & Livestream
We invite you to join us at the Closing Ceremony, as we unite around this year’s theme, share our narratives, and begin closing out our month-long celebration! The Closing Ceremony will kick-off with a spoken word artist, which will be followed up with a wonderful lineup of students showcasing their talent. We will provide a submission form shortly!
MESA Anti-Racism Teach-In
Tuesday, October 12 | 5:30 p.m.
Racial justice begins with anti-racism. Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes so that power is redistributed and shared equitably. This 90 minutes Anti-Racism Teach-in/Workshop will engage analytical frameworks for examining systemic cultural, social, economic, and political forces in the community along with individual reflection. Our hope is to raise critical consciousness, understand the opportunity for actions, and how our resources can be distributed.
Arts Initiative, Center for World Performance Studies, and Penny Stamps Speaker Series presents Coco Fusco: The Right to Have Rights
Thursday, October 14 | 6:00 p.m.
For this talk, Coco Fusco will address her current research in Cuba, including work that deals with repressed histories of the revolutionary era. Dr. Fusco's presentation will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Dr. Larry La Fountain-Stokes (Professor of Spanish, American Culture, and Women's and Gender Studies). Coco Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. She is a recipient of a 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Arts Award, a 2021 Latinx Artist Fellowship, a 2018 Rabkin Prize for Art Criticism, a 2016 Greenfield Prize, a 2014 Cintas Fellowship, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship, a 2012 US Artists Fellowship and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's performances and videos have been presented in the 56th Venice Biennale, Frieze Special Projects, Basel Unlimited, two Whitney Biennials (2008 and 1993), and several other international exhibitions. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, the Centre Pompidou, the Imperial War Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona. She is represented by Alexander Gray Associates in New York. She is a Professor of Art at Cooper Union. Fusco is the author of Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba (2015). She is also the author of English is Broken Here: Notes on Cultural Fusion in the Americas (1995) The Bodies that Were Not Ours and Other Writings (2001), and A Field Guide for Female Interrogators (2008). She is the editor of Corpus Delecti: Performance Art of the Americas (1999) and Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (2003). She contributes regularly to The New York Review of Books and numerous art publications. Fusco received her B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University (1982), her M.A. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University (1985) and her Ph.D. in Art and Visual Culture from Middlesex University (2007).
L(atinx)GBTQ+: Gender & Sexuality in Latinx Communities
Date & Time: TBD
Target Audience: Everyone, with queer Latinx attendees & experiences centered
Contrary to the popular monolithic representations of what it means to be LGBTQ+, race and culture heavily influence how individuals define and experience sexuality and gender. Following a brief LGBTQ+ 101, this presentation will dive into some of the complexities of intersecting Latinx and LGBTQ+ experiences.
Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Inc. presents Salute to Latinas: Fuerza de la Mujer Latina
Date & Time: TBD
The Salute to Latinas: Fuerza de la Mujer Latina has been Delta Tau Lambda Sorority Incorporated’s signature event for over twenty-five years and was created to honor the accomplishments and strengths of all Latina women and all women of color. Each year we celebrate our history, cultures, and diversity with pride. We strive to find speakers that are well respected in the community. Additionally, we take this opportunity to announce and celebrate the winner of our Lydia Cruz & Sandra Maria Ramos Scholarship for young emerging leaders. We also award the “Diamond Award” to a woman dedicated to performing above and beyond in community service and the improvement of the community. The night is focused on celebrating the accomplishments of Latinas and all women of color, and reflecting on how to collectively improve the conditions of the community.
Dia De Los Muertos: Honor and Remember Pop-Up Exhibit
Thursday, October 21 | 5:30 p.m.
East Quad Atrium
Submit your tributes here: https://tinyurl.com/UMLHM2021
Dia De Los Muertos is observed primarily on November 2nd but celebrated throughout many regions of Latin America from late October to early November. This is a time to honor and remember loved ones who have passed. This year we want to tribute the exhibit to the ancestors and friends that have nurtured us along our journey.