Hispanic Heritage Celebration Month

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th -  October 15th

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15-October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. In the United States, there are approximately 60 million people who have ancestries connected to these countries who reside in the United States, representing approximately 18% of the U.S. population. Many labels are used for this group, with the most common umbrella terms being “Hispanic” and “Latina/e/o/x.” Hispanic Americans have been influential in every part of this nation's history, from arts to politics to business and innovation to the military.

Since 1968, HHM has been recognized by the federal government and celebrated across the United States. The start of the month, September 15th, is significant, as several Latin American countries celebrate their independence from Spain on this day, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during the month on September 16th and 18th respectively.

A University-wide committee, chaired by Dr. Gina Garcia and the Latino Student Association (LSA) and co-hosted by the Hispanic Latinx Professional Association (HLPA), Latin American Graduate Organization of Students, Center for Latin American Studies, Student Affairs, Hillman Library, School of Education, Graduate School of Public Health, Carnegie Mellon University, and other affiliates, have come together to develop a comprehensive month of HHM 2020 activities that fall within LSA’s four core principles, including cultural, educational, social, and advocacy. The committee includes representatives from across the campus, as well as those from local organizations and other colleges and universities in Pittsburgh, who are striving to create a  collaborative calendar of events intended to create awareness of Hispanics/Latinas/os/xs in Pittsburgh and the broader U.S. context.

See the first official HHM YouTube video that was created by Student Affairs! 

Check out the HHM Libguide developed by ULS faculty, which highlights resources and initiatives related to Hispanic Heritage Month.

Read the Proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Month by Mayor Peduto.

If you have questions, ideas, or want to get more involved with HHM, please email pittlatinosa@gmail.com. 

Artifact Showcase

We invite all members of the Pitt & CMU community and Pittsburgh community at-large to submit artifacts relevant to aspects of their Hispanic/Latina/o/e/x racial, ethnic, and cultural identity as a part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Artifact Showcase.

Check out the Artifact Showcase Gallery.  New submissions will be added through Hispanic Heritage Month.

Calendar of Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Events



Hispanic/Latino Restaurant Discounts

Tuesday, September 15 - October 15 (varies)

HLPA Speed Networking Series

Tuesday, September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month Artifact Showcase

Tuesday, September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month Virtual Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 15 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

What does it mean to be Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x in the United States?

Wednesday, September 16 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Virtual Latin Dance Workshop

Thursday, September 17 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Hispanic Discussion Round Tables

Tuesday, September 22 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

COVID-19: The Pittsburgh Latinx community experience & response

Friday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Invisible in the Time of COVID19 – What healthcare providers can do to care for the Latino community

Monday, September 28 at 12:00 p.m.

Being Latinx in Academia: Navigation, Support, and Mentoring of Graduate Students and Faculty

Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

UPPDA & Hispanic Heritage Month present: Under the Same Moon

Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m.

Present and Represented: Latinx Mental Health Research, Practice, and Experience in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

RICE & ... Series: Rice and Beans--a Continental Classic

Wednesday, September 30 at 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Latino Medical Student Association Lunch Talk: Dismantling English Supremacy in Research

Thursday, October 1 at 12:00 p.m.

Webinar - Transnational Dialogues in Afrolatinidad: Migration, Policing and Political Movements

Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Celebration of Flavors

Friday, October 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Successful Latino Entrepreneurs: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, October 6 at 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hispanic Health Equity: Pipeline, Practice and Progress

Wednesday, October 7 at 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Young, Gifted, and Hispanic: Student Experiences on the Journey to Equity

Wednesday, October 7 at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm 

Archiving and Preservation Workshop for Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday, October 8 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Emerging Latinx Communities Group

Friday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Panoramas Round Table: Using Hispanic Heritage Month as a Platform for Change

Friday, October 9 at 4:15 p.m.

Que Viva Clemente! 

Saturday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Indigenous Roots of Latin America: Learn with LAGOS

Monday, October 12 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

The State of Hispanic/Latinx Business in the Pittsburgh Region

Tuesday, October 13 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Art Workshop with Elise Delgado

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The Deciding Vote? The Role of the Latinx Community in the 2020 Presidential Election

Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Developmental Brown Bag: Josi Bañales; Assistant Professor University of Pittsburgh

Thursday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month: Live Music and Trivia Night

Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Pintemos Juntos: A Live Fluid Art Class

Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

An Evening of Reading and Conversation with Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Thursday, October 22 at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.