What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating 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.”
Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
- 2023 Hispanic and Latine Heritage Month Events: Northern Arizona University will host a series of activities in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month which runs through Oct. 15, and honors the history and contributions of the Hispanic/Latine community.
- Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: The National Museum of the American Latino observes Hispanic Heritage Month between September 15 and October 15 each year to celebrate the Latino community.
- Top 8 Reasons Why and How We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month: Every year across America communities gather together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, which is observed September 15 to October 15. These are the top 8 reasons why and how Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events in the Valley
- Mexican Independence Day 2023: Arizona State University’s Art Museum will host their 5th annual Independence Day Celebration to honor the contributions and culture of the Mexican and Mexican-American communities as well as acknowledging independence days across the Americas.
- Fiestas Patrias: Join the two-day celebration September 15 & 16 with live music & entertainment plus delicious drink & dining specials at Casino Arizona.
- Phoenix 3rd Annual Latino Pride Festival: Largest Gathering of Latino LGBTQ+ in Arizona. Celebrating Latino Pride on the Historic Heritage Square!
- Family Loteria at Palabras: Bring the whole family, including the little ones, for some Lotería fun on September 24th, from 10a-12p.
- Mexican Baseball Fiesta: The Mexican Baseball Fiesta is a cultural event that celebrates the sport of baseball in Mexico. The fiesta features games between teams from the Liga Arco Mexicana del Pacifico as well as other events such as concerts, dance performances, and food festivals.
- DTPHX Lotería: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month By Playing DTPHX Lotería. Explore new places, discover local businesses, and appreciate some cool, Mexican-inspired art.
- Guelaguetza: ¡Viva la Guelaguetza! The lively festivities of a traditional Mexican indigenous holiday come alive at the Garden. Celebrate Oaxacan culture through music, dance, art, food and more.
Community Member Highlight
Claudia Rodas, Associate Clinical Professor in the College of Education at NAU and NAU’s Hispanic-Serving Institution Advisor to the Provost.
Claudia’s journey from a first-generation immigrant to a respected educator highlights the importance of guidance and mentorship. Her determination to overcome adversity and embrace her unique identity has led her to play a pivotal role in NAU’s efforts to support our Latine community.
“I’m very passionate about working with underserved communities and non-traditional adult learners. I was fortunate to find people at NAU who mentored me and supported my goals; I have really found a home at NAU. And that’s what I want for our future and current students: to find the mentorship that is very much needed when you’re the first one trying to blaze new trails.”
By sharing Claudia’s story, we not only honor our Latine heritage but also shine a light on the remarkable individuals who are shaping the future of education at NAU.