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.