Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage MonthHispanic 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 America, 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 panethnic 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 supported by the Pitt Office for Equity, Diversity, launched the first university-wide HHM in fall 2018. Entering our 4th year, we have added the term, “Latinx” to the name of our monthly celebration as a way to be more inclusive. In fall 2021, we will launch a series of cross-institutional events as part of Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month (LHHM). Throughout all of LHHM, Pitt will host a Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Artifact Showcase. You can share parts of your stories and identity with personally meaningful artifacts such as visual art, writing, or a song that represents aspects of your or your family’s heritage. Friends, family, and allies are also welcome to submit materials. Submissions will be accepted here until October 31 and displayed on the Showcase webpage and University social media channels.

The Month is sponsored by organizations across Pitt including Latino Student Association (LSA), Hispanic Latinx Professional Association (HLPA), Latin American Graduate Organization of Students, Center for Latin American Studies, Student Affairs, University Library System, School of Education, Graduate School of Public Health, School of Social Work, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Small Business Development Center, Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, and Center for Creativity. 

We also have university partners across Pittsburgh including Carnegie Mellon University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, Point Park University, Slippery Rock and Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, who have come together to develop a comprehensive Pittsburgh-based month of LHHM 2021 activities that fall within four core principles: 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. 

In fall 2021, the Pittsburgh-based LHHM will conclude with a 3-day long virtual conference called Latinx Connect 

If you have questions, ideas, or want to get more involved with LHHM, please email  


Calendar of Events

Event Date

Karen Olivo: FREE All Campus + Community Lecture

Sept 7, 4:30 PM

The Original Pittsburgh Taco Festival

Sept 11, 12 PM - 7 PM

Pirates Community Ticket Offer for HHM (using promo code: Community) 

Sept 14, 6:35 PM

Sept 15, 6:35 PM (Roberto Clemente Day)

Sept 16, 12:35 PM

Sept 28, 6:35 PM

Sept 29, 6:35 PM

Sept 30, 6:35 PM

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

Sept 15, 5:30 PM

Paint the Fence with SHPE and SALSA (CMU)

Sept 15, 12 AM

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff  (Duquesne)

Sept 15, 5 PM - 7 PM

Latino Americans Pittsburgh Screening Celebration

Sept 15, 6 PM - 9 PM

Los Sabrosos at the Refucilo Winery

Sept 17, 8 PM - 9:30 PM

Emerging Latinx Communities Group

Sept 17, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Cross-Linguistic Reading of Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoíris

Sept 18, 11 AM - 12 PM

Hispanic Round Table Discussions

Sept 21, 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Holding Space on the Page: The House on Mango Street with Sandra Cisneros

Sept 21, 12 PM - 1 PM

Jose Olivarez: Citizen Illegal

Sept 21, 4:15 PM

Let's Groove Tonight-¡A Bailar! (Duquesne)

Sept 21, 6 PM

Soy Cuba: the Soviet Union and Cuba

Sept 23, 12 PM - 1:30 PM

Walk the Walk: Creating and Sustaining Diverse Startup Teams (Ascender)

Sept 23, 12 PM

The Mavericks "en Español"

Sept 26, 8 PM

What is Latinx? & Who is Latinx? A conversation with Dr. Cristobal Salinas (Duquesne)

Sept 27, 3 PM

City of Asylum's Jazz Poetry month: James Brandon Lewis and poets M. Soledad Caballero and Joel Dias-Porter

Sept 29, 7 PM - 9 PM

Zumba (Duquesne)

Sept 28, 12 PM

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month Journal Club

Oct 1, 1 PM - 2 PM

Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebration of Flavors

Oct 1, 7 PM

Latin American and Caribbean Festival

Oct 2, 7 PM - 10 PM

Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series - Zoot Suit

Oct 3, 4 PM - 6 PM

Successful Latino TECH Entrepreneurs

Oct 5, 2 PM - 3 PM

Zumba (Duquesne)

Oct 6, 12 PM

Latino Medical Student Association Virtual Lunch Talk Dr. Diego Chaves-Gnecco 

Oct 6, 12 PM - 1 PM

Theorizing a (Sub)conscious Evasion of Responsibility from Institutional Agents to Undocumented Students (Duquesne)

Oct 7, 12 PM

CLAS Film Series Stateless

Oct 7, 6 PM

Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month Meal (Duquesne)

Oct 7, 4:30 PM

Panoramas Roundtable: Expanding Latinx-Owned Businesses in Pittsburgh

Oct 8, 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

Que Viva Clemente

Oct 8, 7 PM - 10 PM

Celebrate Art with CEOLI

Oct 8, 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Noche Latina (CMU) 

A late night of Latinx/Hispanic cultural festivities where everyone is welcome. Join us for live music, salsa dancing, student talent and traditional treats. We can’t wait to meet your familia! Register through Family Weekend. 

Oct 8, 8 PM- 12 AM

Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series - Raising Victor Vargas

Oct 9, 4 PM - 6 PM

Latino Medical Student Association Bake Sale 

Scaife Lobby

Oct 11, 1 PM - 4 PM

Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series - The Infiltrators

Oct 11, 6 PM - 9 PM

Rodrigo y Gabriela in Concert

Oct 12, 8 PM

Indigenous Roots of Latin America

Oct 12, 2 PM

Virtual Latine Sugeons Panel Discussion

Oct 13 6 PM - 7 PM

Performing Afrolatinidad: The Arts, Identity, and Social Justice

Oct 14, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Policy and Advocacy Panel: Current LatinX Affairs in Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 4 PM - 5:30 PM

Media as Activism & Advocacy within the Latinx Community

Oct 14, 9 AM - 10:15 AM

Latinx Data: Historical Civil Rights Advocacy and Contemporary Intersectional Insights

Oct 15, 9 AM - 10:15 AM

Activism in Latin America: Cultivando Conocimiento Juntos

Oct 15, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Advocacy at the Intersection of Latinx, Queer, & Trans Identities

Oct 15, 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month Film Series - Dolores

Oct 17, 4 PM - 6 PM

Hispanic Heritage Month - Medical Spanish Program for Student Pharmacists

Oct 20, 8 PM


Additional information about Duquesne events can be found on their Latinx and Hispanic Heritage month webpage.