What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
The origins of Hispanic Heritage Month date back to 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson first introduced Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the week to a month-long celebration. And why does it start on September 15th? This date coincides with the independence days of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16th and 18th, respectively.
Why We Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
By celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize and appreciate the significant role that Hispanics and Latinos have played in shaping the cultural, educational, economic, and social fabric of the United States. This month allows students from all backgrounds to learn about the diverse array of Hispanic cultures, traditions, and histories, leading to a greater understanding and appreciation of the Hispanic community.
Actionable Tips for Making the Most of Hispanic Heritage Month
Here are a few tips to help you take advantage of Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Research and attend events: Schools and colleges often host cultural events, guest speakers, film screenings, and performances in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Be sure to attend these events and participate actively.
- Get involved with clubs and organizations: Many educational institutions have Hispanic and Latino clubs or organizations. Joining such clubs or organizations is a great way to network with like-minded students and learn about Hispanic culture beyond just one month.
- Learn a new language: If you’re not already bilingual, consider taking up Spanish or another Hispanic language. Not only will it boost your cognitive abilities, but it’ll also increase your cultural competence and open doors to new personal and professional opportunities.
- Engage on social media: Social media is a great platform to keep up with Hispanic Heritage Month events and educational opportunities. Don’t forget to join the conversation by using hashtags such as #HispanicHeritageMonth