Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

About LatinX Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

You may rememember this month referred to as Latino/a or Latin@ Heritage month in the past.  In an attempt to be more inclusive, the committee decided this year to update the name outside of a gender binary.  To learn more about this concept, please read this article "What is LatinX?" by Gabe Gonzales at Flama.

If you'd like to join the heritage month committee, please complete the interest form here.


Events for this month:

Latinx Heritage Month Celebration
9/29/2017, 6:30pm
Rackham Assembly Hall

Rolando Estevez, Cuban Book Artist
10/1/2017 through 10/7/2017
More info here and here.

Chicana Fotos Exhibition Reception
10/6/2017, 4:00pm
Lane Hall Gathering Space

Who owns mosquitoes? Decolonizing public health in the Caribbean: Lecture by Dr. Adriana Garriga-Lopez, Kalamazoo College
10/10/2017, 3:00pm
Weiser Building Room 455

Salute to Latinas
10/11/2017, 7:00pm
Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom

Immigrants and Newcomers: Historic Limits to Diversity at U-M
10/12/2017, 11:30am
Angell Hall Room 3222

LS Keynote Event for Hispanic Heritage Month
10/12/2017, 2:30pm
Hatcher Gallery 101

The Racial and Sexual Politics of Migrancy and Border Control
10/13/2017, 1:00pm
Tisch Hall Room 1014

Negron Performance and Student Drag Showcase
10/13/2017, 7:00pm
Haven Hall Room 3512

Raul Rodriguez Lecture: Visit by Cuban Sociologist 
10/19/2017, 4:00pm
Annenberg Auditorium

LACS Lecture Atlantic History Initiative - Antiracism in Cuba: The Unfinished Revolution
10/24/2017, 4:00pm
Tisch Hall Room 1014