Hispanic Heritage Month events continue with keynote lecture Friday

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What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM), recognized annually from September 15 through October 15, is the official celebration honoring the history, cultural diversity, and unique contributions of individuals and communities whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. 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. September 15th coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, followed shortly thereafter by Mexico (Sept. 16) and Chile (Sept. 18). Día de la Raza and Indigenous Peoples Day, recognized on the second Monday of October, also fall within this 30-day period.

At Vanderbilt University, the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity curates a calendar of events related to Hispanic/Latinx heritage, featuring programs from across campus and the Nashville community.


HHM 2019:#somosVU

In conjunction with the Latino and Latina Studies Program and the Association of Latin American Students, the 2019 Hispanic Heritage Month theme is #somosVU, which translates to â€œWe are Vanderbilt.â€�

This dynamic message calls the community into conversation and emphasizes the values of connection, inclusion, and celebration that are engrained in HHM. #somosVU addresses the need for the visibility of Latinx presence, influence, and representation on campus while honoring the accomplishments of Latinx leaders and groups like ALAS, AMIGOS, CLAS, LATS, LMSA, SACNAS, and the Latinx Seminarians. #somosVU encourages faculty-student mentor relationships, as well as solidarity among allies, to create opportunities to celebrate and elevate their Latinx peers. #somosVU charges all of us to build an inclusive Latinx community at Vanderbilt University.

The most up-to-date digital calendar of events is available online at https://bit.ly/vandyHHM.

The print version of the calendar is available below, for pick up in the Multicultural Lounge (Sarratt 335), or for PDF download: HHM Calendar 2019.


Annual HHM Events

¿Qué? An annual welcome for first-year and transfer students with food, games, and prizes!

¿Cuándo? On the first or second Friday in September

¿Quién? Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Latino and Latina Studies

¿Qué? Celebration of the official start of Hispanic Heritage Month, focused on building community and developing relationships throughout the Latinx community at Vanderbilt.

¿Cuándo? On or after September 15th

¿Quién? Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Stop by the Multicultural Lounge each Tuesday and Thursday of HHM to watch telenovelas and discuss their cultural influences.

¿Cuándo? Mid-September to mid-October

¿Quién? Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Opportunity for Latinx students to get more involved in the Vanderbilt and greater Nashville community by learning more about the events, ideas, and missions of community partners.

¿Cuándo? Typically held in mid-September

¿Quién? Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Open house during Vanderbilt University’s Family Weekend for all students, friends, and family to celebrate with food, games, and music.

¿Cuándo? On the Friday afternoon of Family Weekend

¿Quién? Student Center for Social Justice & Identity, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

¿Qué? Signature event for Hispanic Heritage Month, an afternoon/evening of celebrating Latin American culture through food, music, dancing, and student presentations.

¿Cuándo? Typically held in early October

¿Quién? Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Celebration that recognizes the ongoing existence, contributions, and narratives of Latinx and indigenous peoples in our current society.

¿Cuándo? On the second Monday of October

¿Quién? Latino and Latina Studies Program, Native Americans in Tennessee Interacting at Vanderbilt (NATIVe), Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Join the SCSJI and TIRRC – a key community partner – to educate yourself on the issues that impact migrant folks in Nashville. Gain lobbying and activism tools in favor of those immigrant communities.

¿Cuándo? On the second Tuesday of October

¿Quién? TIRRC, Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Annual event featuring a special guest invited by Latinx students. Past speakers have included Carlos Andres Gomez (Colombian actor, poet, and spoken-word artist) and Dan-el Padilla Peralta (author of the memoir Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League and classics professor at Princeton University).

¿Cuándo? Typically held in mid-October

¿Quién? Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Celebration that recognizes the ongoing existence, contributions, and narratives of Latinx and indigenous peoples in our current society.

¿Cuándo? On the second Monday of October

¿Quién? Latino and Latina Studies Program, Native Americans in Tennessee Interacting at Vanderbilt (NATIVe), Student Center for Social Justice & Identity

¿Qué? Celebration of the Mexican holiday with a fun evening to close out Hispanic Heritage Month.

¿Cuándo? On or before October 31st 

¿Quién? Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

Thank you to our many campus and community partners!

Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), AMIGOS, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, Conexión Américas, Latino and Latina Studies Program (LATS), Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Latinx Seminarians, LGBTQI Life, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, Project Safe Center, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC)