Hispanic Heritage Month at MSU
Welcome to MSU's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage month, a time for celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of people with Hispanic and Latinx heritage, runs from September 15 to October 15 each year. These dates are significant. September 15th is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, followed by the anniversary of Mexican independence on the 16th and Chilean independence on the 18th. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded official recognition of Hispanic Heritage from a week-long event started in 1968 to the current 30-day period.
At Montana State University, a committee of students, staff, faculty, and community partners comes together to design events that will allow the community to celebrar juntos, celebrate together.
¡Celebramos juntos! programming will:
- Celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of people with Hispanic and Latino heritage.
- Strengthen community and connection in Gallatin County.
- Engage more of the MSU and local community in the issues and challenges facing Hispanic communities.
- Increase awareness of the diversity within the Hispanic and Latino cultures and communities.
While the term Hispanic typically refers to people from a Spanish-speaking background and Latino or Latinx describes people with ancestry from Latin America, the geographical region of Romance-language speaking countries, these terms are a point of discussion within the communities they are describing.
For more on this, we recommend these resources:
- Read: A student from the University of California shares his thinking in the article “What’s the right word: Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx?”
- Watch: This Buzzfeed Video is “Talking Labels: Latino or Hispanic"
- Read: An interview with UC Berkeley sociologist G. Cristina Mora about her book “Making Hispanics: How Activists, Bureaucrats, and Media Constructed a New America”
Questions and to get involved, contact: