Latinx Heritage Month

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 expanded to a month-long celebration in 1988. Currently, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) helps lead the Latinx Heritage Month efforts at the University of Michigan. 

The LHM 2022 Planning Committee decided on the following theme for this year: Vamos Pa’lante: Juntos Iluminamos el Camino de Liberacion (We Press On: Together We Light the Path to Liberation). This theme reminds us that our pursuits are made possible by a community-oriented framework. We recognize the foundation and contributions that our ancestors provided us so we can focus on building community and continue tackling systemic barriers. Together, past and present, we light each other up and inevitably light a common path to justice and liberation!

Please note, you can find the most up-to-date program information via the text below. The calendar graphic is not always accurate as it may take a few days for our graphic designer to update.


Latinx Heritage Month 2022: Opening Ceremony

When: Thursday, September 15, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and the LHM Planning Committee invite you to the Latinx Heritage Month 2022: Opening Ceremony! Please join us this Thursday, September 15th at 6 PM (doors open at 5:30 PM) in the Michigan Union's Rogel Ballroom! We are excited to kick off our month-long celebration and we hope to see you there! The event will include a keynote, LHM theme reveal, dance floor, and more! 

RSVP Strongly Recommended:


Please check out Michigan News Podcast, created and hosted by U-M student Luisa Sánchez, a Latina/o Studies and Political Science major. 

In recognition of Latinx Heritage Month, U-M's global news team presents Latinx@UMich, a limited podcast series showcasing Latinx researchers and graduate students. You can also listen to it on Spotify HERE. We hope you enjoy it!


Raspados y Dulces

When: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Where: The Diag

Come celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with refreshing raspados y dulces (Mexican candy) for FREE on the Diag on Tuesday, September 20th at 4pm!


Let’s Talk: Latinx Health Disparities

When: Friday, September 23, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: Palmer Commons - Great Lakes North Room

Join us at a panel of Michigan Medical Students for a discussion about the health disparities affecting the Latinx community and the importance of health equity. 

Food and refreshments will be provided!


Latinx Heritage Month 2022: Professional Headshot 

When: Monday, September 26, 2022, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Where: Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (Michigan Union, 3rd Floor)

The Latinx Heritage Month Planning Committee is excited to announce an opportunity to get your professional headshots taken by fellow UM student, Alexis Jimenez! This event and pictures are free of charge. Come get your professional headshot that highlights your pride, personality, culture, professionalism, and branding throughout your job search and interview process.


National Voter Registration

When: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 12:00 - 4:00 PM

Where: Mason Posting Wall B

Do you want to be the change you wish to see in the world? The first step is casting your vote! Join the Sisters Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. of the Beta Omicron Chapter for National Voter Registration Week as we promote the importance of voting, how to exercise your right to vote, as well as advocating for marginalized communities, and the power of activism. 



When: Friday, September 30, 2022, from 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: The Diag

LA UNIÓN, at its core root, is a tabling event where U of M students will have the opportunity to represent countries in Latin America. Each country will have a table containing the appropriate flag and any cultural items (trinkets, cultural clothing, etc.). We will also invite students to join GroupMe chats with others who identify with the same country. During the event, you will have the opportunity to talk to other students from the same cultural background as you. 


Taste of the Globe: Exploring the Nuances of Latinoamerican Food 

When: Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Where: Trotter Multicultural Center, Multipurpose Room 1

To celebrate Latinx Heritage month, Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. will present a food fair! Students, Faculty, and Guests will be allowed to purchase tickets ($5 for 5) to travel the globe and sample delicious staples of multicultural foods. Have you ever noticed that another country may share the same ingredients but has a totally different flavor? We will dive into the discussion of our Latinx roots while sharing a meal. See for yourselves the differences and similarities!


Fotos Y Recuerdos (Photos and Memories)

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: The Program for Intergroup Relations (IGR) | 1214 S. University Ave, 2nd Flr, Suite B

Join us as we embark on a journey of reflection around our identities and what reminds you of home! We will leverage this dialogue to propel us into a creative activity where we will make an item for room decor and have something to remember home with.


Anti-Racism Teach-In/Workshop

When: Tuesday, October 4, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Where: Zoom (

Racial justice begins with anti-racism. Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by challenging systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes so that power is redistributed and shared equitably (University of Calgary). This 90-minute, peer-led teach-in will provide attendees with tools and prompts to engage in a meaningful conversation with others as we unpack our varying experiences. Our hope is to raise critical consciousness and understand the opportunity for action. 


ASA & La Casa’s Cultural Dance Night

When: Wednesday, October 5, 2022, from 8:00 - 9:30 PM

Where: Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom Second Floor

Exchanging Arabic and Latino cultures including food and dances among our members. Introduce the Arabic dances such as dabke and chobi, and learn the popular Latinx dances. 


La Misma Luna: Film Screening Dialogue

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: OAMI Lobby

Join SCOPE, the Student Community of Progressive Empowerment, as we watch, discuss and unpack themes seen in the film Under the Same Moon/La misma luna (2007), directed by Patricia Riggen. This movie stars Kate del Castillo and Eugenio Derbez, remaining a classic in Latinx households. Feel free to bring your own blankets and pillows for comfort! Food and snacks will be provided.


Latinx Heritage Month 2022 Closing Performance: LADAMA 

When: Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 5:00 - 6:30 PM

Where: North Quadrangle, Space 2435

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and the LHM Planning Committee invite you to join us for a night of music and dialogue with LADAMA! LADAMA consists of four members - Lara Klaus from Brazil, Daniela Serna from Colombia, Maria Fernanda Gonzalez from Venezuela, and Sarah Lucas from the U.S. who are all socially engaged musical artists. LADAMA has been on a journey to share rhythms and creating a pedagogy aiming to empower women and girls to connect through voice, percussion, and movement. Please note, this event has a capacity of 70 individuals.

RSVP Required: 


Dia De Los Muertos Community Altar 

When: Thursday, October 13, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: Residential College, East Quad Atrium

A community ofrenda will be created on the first-floor atrium of East Quad.  Students, faculty, and staff will be able to submit photos of loved ones for the altar.  Each photo will be printed and framed for display.   

Make a submission here:   


Finding the Light to Reconnect with Nature

When: Saturday, October 14, 2022, from 12:00 - 3:00 PM

Where: Nichols Arboretum


The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs and Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum invites you to a grounding workshop that takes us through the pillars of grounding (nature, community, movement, breath) to reconnect with nature. We have the honor of having Cindy Yulissa Rodriguez, founder of The Reclama Journal, guide this nature and journaling workshop on Friday, October 14th beginning at 12:00 PM and ending at 3:00 PM.

This program will have a student participant capacity of 30 individuals. Folks will be chosen on a first-come-first-serve basis based on the order of RSVP submission. 

Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 11th at 11:59 PM to be considered! Register here:


From Havana to Chapel Hill: A Latina's search for home (A talk by Dr. Rosa Perelmuter)

When: Thursday, October 20, 2022, from 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Where: Haven Hall

In this presentation, UNC-Chapel Hill Professor and Michigan alumna Rosa Perelmuter takes us on a journey through the questions of identity and belonging with which she has wrestled since she was born in Cuba to Eastern European Jewish immigrants. Exiled in the U.S. at age 13 as a product of the Peter Pan Airlift, she reflects on the outsider status that first manifested itself in Cuba and the various shapes it took in Miami, Boston, Ann Arbor, and finally North Carolina. 


Dia De Los Muertos Ball 

When: Friday, November 4, 2022, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Where: Rackham Graduate School Assembly Room

The Beta Omicron Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. would like to invite you to our 10th annual Día de Los Muertos Ball! Join us for a night of food, music, and dancing as well as an opportunity to learn about the history and importance of this traditional Latin American holiday. This year’s programming will focus on those who have passed away from mass school shootings. Semi-formal attire is suggested, so dress to impress! #BO #DDLM2021


Salute to Latinas: Fuerza de la Mujer Latina

When: Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 6:00 - 8:30 PM

Where: Rackham Graduate School Assembly Room

At this event, we take time to honor the accomplishments and strengths of all Latinas. We celebrate our history, cultures, and diversity with pride and recognize women who have impacted their communities. Salute to Latinas is a journey through our past, present, and a view of our dreams for the future.