LatinX Heritage Month


Latinx Heritage Month (nationally known as Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 - October 15 to celebrate 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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.


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* Links to join will be shared closer to the event dates

September 21 - Los Valientes: The Courageous Ones - 7p - Virtual

Join us as we stream the performance of Los Valientes. This chamber music theatre production for solo actor and trio (cello, piano, and percussion) explores the lives of three Latin American figures: Diego Rivera, Archbishop Oscar Romero and Joaquín Murrieta aka “Zorro”. A Q&A will follow. ~ Sponsored by ASG, Diversity and Equity Committee, and Liberal Arts

* Watch a recording of the 1 person play here: 

September 27, October 4, 11, and 14 - LatinX Film Series - 7p


Join us as we screen Oscar winning LatinX films in celebration of the National Hispanic and LatinX Heritage Month.

September 27 - Frida

Frida is a passionate, visually striking biopic about the larger-than-life artist, Frida Kahlo.

October 4 - Shape of Water 

Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab's classified secret -- a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank.

October 11 - Roma 

Written and directed by Alfonso Cuaron, Roma is set in 1970 and 1971 and follows the life of a live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family, as a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in the Collonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City

October 14 - El Che

September 30 - Outdoor Movie: In the Heights - 7p - SSC Quad                               

A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and snacks. ~ Sponsored by ASG and the Student Development Office

October 6 - Groovin' Series featuring Javier Colon - 11a - Virtual

De-stress in between classes with winner of “The Voice” Season 1!

Javier Colon is the son of a Dominican father and Puerto Rican mother. He writes his own music, constantly keeping himself open to inspiration. A family man, he keeps his wife and daughters close to his heart at all times often writing about them. Javier isn't simply following anyone else's path; he's making his own way. He has referred to his style of music as being "acoustic soul."

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October 14 - Spoken Word Artist and Filmmaker Gabriela Garcia Medina

Live Virtual Spoken Word Performance - 6p - Virtual

Gabriela Garcia Medina is a Cuban-American-British spoken word artist and filmmaker who utilizes the mediums of Film, Poetry, and Spoken Word to address issues of identity and social injustice (often through the use of humor, comedy, and light-heartedness). Gabriela received her BFA from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television (2001-2005) with a major in Theater, and a double minor in Chicano/a Studies and African American Studies.  She holds two MFA degrees from California Institute of the Arts, in Acting, and Writing (2012-2015).

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Short Film Screening: Little Con Lili (Run Time: 10 Minutes) - 3:00p and 3:30p - Virtual - 

10/14/21 - Film Screening has been canceled.  Please join us at 6pm for the live spoken word event.

Join us as we screen a short film by Gabriela Garcia Medina before her live virtual performance. Her short film LITTLE CON LILI (2018) won Best of Fest at HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2019) and was selected for multiple film festivals including the New York Latino Film Festival. 

Lili, is a 10 year old Cuban-American girl who should be doing her homework, but instead, decides to enjoy a leisurely afternoon home alone.

Ted Talks

Join us as we watch selected Ted Talks and have discussions after each video. 

September 21  

America Ferrera: My Identity is a superpower-not an obstacle 
Actor, director and activist America Ferrera’s talk is a powerful call for more authentic representation of people and cultures in media. 

September 28 

Isabella Allende: How to live passionately no matter your age
Chilean author Isabel Allende shares how she plans to continue living passionately — even in her 70s. 

October 5 

Erika Lucas: America’s Trillion Dollar Blindspot 
Erika is the Co-Founder of StitchCrew, a firm focused on growing the innovation economy in the middle of the country by democratizing access and connecting traditionally overlooked entrepreneurs with capital, resources and social networks 

October 12 

Gabby Rivera: The story of Marvel’s first queer Latina superhero
In a funny, personal talk, Rivera shares how her own childhood as a queer Puerto Rican in the Bronx influenced her in creating America Chavez.

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