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 2023 Theme

Kent State University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with the theme Avanzando Juntos: Moving Forward Together. The theme places focus on the importance of unity within the Latina/o/e/x community. Latina/o/e/x cultures often focus on the support and resources provided by the rest of their friends and family. A strong sense of community creates progress and a support system for everyone. Kent State University will feature programming centered around establishing unity within the Latina/o/e/x community and highlight the impact of making progress as a collective, not just as the individual. Campus partners are invited to create programming within this month that highlights this aspect of Latina/o/e/x culture.

The theme is partnered with the Ohio Latino Affairs Summit and its theme of Juntos: Latino Growth is Ohio Growth. Combined, these themes bring awareness to the importance of the Latina/o/e/x community to the Ohio economy and workforce. The strength and unity provided by the Latina/o/e/x community benefits all within and outside of the community.


Join the Conversation

Join the conversation and tag @smckentstate in your Hispanic Heritage Month posts on social media! 

Feature your events on the Hispanic Heritage Month website

  1. Submit your events to the University Events Calendar
  2. Tag it with Signature Programs and Hispanic Heritage Month to ensure it is featured in the list of events below.