Hispanic Heritage/LatinX Heritage Month

Gracie McDonough

Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15th- October 15th and is celebrated to recognize the achievements, histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America who have inspired others to achieve success.

The 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Observance Theme is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.
CSN is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and HSIs are defined by the Higher Education Act of 1992 as having 25 percent or more undergraduate Hispanic student full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment. In 2020-21, 559 HSIs, or 18 percent of all institutions of higher education, enrolled 66 percent of all Latino undergraduates.

You might be wondering why Hispanic Heritage month starts in the middle of September and lasts until the middle of October and isn’t a single month like Black History Month in February or Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. The timing of Hispanic Heritage Month deliberately overlaps with several Latin American Independence Day celebrations.

September 15th was chosen as the kickoff date since it coincides with the Independence Day celebrations of five countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), followed by Mexico on September 16th, Chile on the 18th, and Belize on the 21st.
Another important date that falls within this 30-day period is Día de la Raza, or Indigenous Peoples Day, which is celebrated in Mexico on October 12th.

Visit any of the campus libraries to see displays of books on a wide range of topics about Hispanic history, culture, cuisine, art, literature, politics, athletes, and more.

There are many events and activities happening at each campus. See the calendar below for more information.

LatinX Month campus events 2022