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Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Flag Raising – Sept 15

September 15, 2023 @ 12:00 pm 12:15 pm

Please join us for our flag raisings occurring across our local campuses, at their main flag locations.

Theme for 2022

This year’s theme is: “Unidos (United): Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” The theme recognizes that communities and this country are stronger when we make sure all voices are welcomed and represented. It also recognizes and celebrates the vast diversity and different perspectives within Hispanic and Latinx communities.

History of Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic American Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 each year. It was first held in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and expanded to a month-long observance in 1988. While other cultural observance months start on the first of the month, there is a reason this one doesn’t. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all gained independence on Sept. 15; plus, Mexico’s Independence Day is Sept. 16 and Chile’s is Sept. 18. Though the official name of the month does not include Latinx, making a distinction between Hispanic and Latinx communities is important because they are not the same. Hispanic refers to people who have ancestry in or are from a Spanish-speaking country, whereas Latinx refers to people who have ancestry in or are from a Latin American country.