National Hispanic Heritage Month

About Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15 and ends October 15 of each year. Within this period, several Latin American countries celebrate their days of independence, with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrating on September 15, Mexico on September 16, and Chile on September 18. The first celebration of Hispanic Heritage Week began under President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968, but it was later expanded to a 30-day period under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

HHM 2022 Theme

The focus of this year’s theme is intersectionality. Erika L. Sanchez, a Mexican author, describes a feeling of loneliness that encompasses her Mexican-American identity. She believes that she “[belongs] nowhere and everywhere all at once... I think we forget that people are composed of multitudes, contain many selves. When you don’t belong, you learn to make a nest in the unknown”. Many of us at Kent State University feel stuck at a crossroads, where our American, LGBTQ, Black, Asian identities intertwine with our Hispanic identity. This is not something to be disregarded, nor shunned. We are made of multiple identities, and each of them makes us unique. “Todos Nosotros” means “all of us”, and it is a celebration of everyone within the Hispanic community, as well as a celebration of every identity within us that intertwines with the Hispanic community.

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