Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month

Theme: “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation”

color poster of the back of a woman's skirt flared out with the names of Hispanic/Latin countries. She is on a beach with sunshine and palm trees
Poster designed by Irene Matos Chan

Americans annually observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Also each year, the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers (NCHEPM) membership selects the annual theme, which is used nationwide by government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations.

Irene Matos Chan, a senior information technology manager in the Square Tech Computer Repair and Training Center for the Castle Square Tenants Organization, submitted the winning theme, stating:

“I am biracial and I wanted to represent my Hispanic culture and the Hispanic countries. I want people to connect to their Hispanic culture and show it and express it to their community. [The poster] expresses that you should be proud of your race no matter what it is , and be proud to show it and represent it. “

The Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover the 30-day period of Sept. 15-Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

(Information courtesy of Hispanic Month.net)

The UA campus offers many fun and informational events in recognition of the month. Join us for a keynote speaker, movies, TEDTalks and more.


CAMPUS EVENTS

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María Teresa Kumar

Keynote Speaker:  María Teresa Kumar

Tuesday, Sept. 20 | 6 p.m. | Zoom

(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host María Teresa Kumar for a special moderated conversation for Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month. As an American activist, social entrepreneur and an Emmy-nominated MSNBC contributor seeking to shake up the political process, Kumar has dedicated her career to advocating for inclusive political participation. With actress Rosario Dawson she co-founded the national nonprofit organization Voto Latino, which uses media and technology to encourage younger generations of Latinx voters. Under Kumar’s leadership as president, Voto Latino has registered more than a quarter million voters and was a founding partner of National Voter Registration Day, the largest one-day effort towards voter registration. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Alabama at Birmingham Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the University of Alabama in Huntsville Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

View the video of this presentation. For more information, contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at diversity@ua.edu.



Diversity, Coffee & Conversations

Angel Narvaez-Lugo

Tuesday, Sept. 6 | 8:30-10 a.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA Students, Faculty & Staff, UA System

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s monthly Diversity, Coffee and Conversations meeting will highlight Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with a presentation by Angel Narvaez-Lugo, president of the Hispanic-Latinx Faculty and Staff Association and adviser to the UA Student Government Association. National Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 in the United States and recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic/Latinx Americans to the history, culture and achievements of the United States. Register for this event. For more information, contact the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at diversity@ua.edu.


food on a plateFood for Thought: Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month

Wednesday, Sept. 7 | Noon | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

Join the Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers and the Intercultural Diversity Center for the fall’s first Food for Thought program commemorating Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month. Participants will have the opportunity to learn a Salsa routine and hear about the Spanish culture through food, music and art. Lunch and giveaways will be provided. Registration for this event. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.

TEDTalk Tuesday: “Growing Up Latino and Fighting Social Justice”

black, white and red flyerTuesday, Sept. 13 | Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

The Intercultural Diversity Center begins its TEDTalk Tuesday Series this fall by featuring Cole Sax. Participants will hear from Agustin Diaz who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to a family of Latinx immigrants with 15 children. While in college, he was involved in a life-threatening accident that helped him find his passion in educating students and members of the community about the importance of social movements and activism. He uses this speech to talk about things that define people and how they are used to shape people’s thoughts and movements. Register for this event. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


HLA Kickoff Program

Thursday, Sept. 15 | 5-8 p.m. | Student Center Lawn
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

The Hispanic-Latino Association, University Programs and the Intercultural Diversity Center will host the HLA Kickoff Event for Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month. Participants can connect with the student body and learn about resources, programs and the Hispanic-Latinx culture through food and music with a chance to win giveaways. For more information, contact the Hispanic-Latino Association at hla@ua.edu.


THIS WEEK

TEDTalk Tuesday: “My Identity is a Superpower, Not an Obstacle”

Tuesday, Sept. 20 | Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

The Intercultural Diversity Center continues its TEDTalk Tuesday Series by featuring America Ferrera. Participants will hear from Ferrara as she discusses her career trajectory as a Hollywood actress, director and activist born to Honduran immigrants, why she promotes more diversity and culture in media and the obstacles she has overcome as a Latina actress in Hollywood. Register for this event. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Film: “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado”

Black background with man dressed in white sitting among starsWednesday, Sept. 21 | 6-8 p.m. | Heritage Room, 3300 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff

For Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, Safe Zone Resource Center will host a screening of “Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado” along with an astrological chart-making event. The film follows the story of Walter Mercado, a gender nonconforming, cape-wearing psychic whose televised horoscopes reached 120 million Latinx viewers a day for 30 years before he mysteriously disappeared. After the film, attendees will have an opportunity to complete their own astrological chart and discuss the film. Catering and door prizes will be provided. Register for this event. For more information, contact Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


EveryWoman Book Club: “Mexican Gothic”

Thursday, Sept. 22 | Noon-1 p.m. | Legends Bistro

Woman wearing a deep red off-the-shoulder dressThe Women and Gender Resource Center hosts the EveryWoman Book Club and the September reading will be “Mexican Gothic” by Silvia Mareno-Garcia. The 2020 gothic horror novel centers on a young woman investigating her cousin’s claims that her husband is trying to murder her. The Guardian describes this New York Times Bestseller as “Lovecraft meets the Brontes in Latin America.” It is in development as a Hulu original limited series produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. RSVP is required to Debbie Fish at dfish@ua.edu.

The EveryWoman Book Club emphasizes works written by and about women. During the fall and spring semesters, the group reads texts that focus on different heritage/history months. September’s focus is Hispanic/Latinx History Month. The club is open to faculty, staff, community members and graduate students. For more information, contact Elizabeth Lester at elester1@ua.edu. Join the email list for future updates.


white background with large medium blue and green circles from the rightPop Up Shop: Bringing the Multicultural Resource Guide to Life

Wednesday, Sept. 28 | Noon-1 p.m. | Intercultural Diversity Center, 2100 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement/Social Enrichment)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff, UA System

The Intercultural Diversity Center continues its Pop-Up Shop Series with this second installment which will feature local diverse and multicultural businesses and organizations from the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s Multicultural Resource Guide. This second installment will feature local diverse and multicultural businesses and organizations of the Hispanic-Latinx culture of food, hair, arts, music and more. This is an opportunity to learn about resources and services on campus for diverse students and more. Register for the event. For more information, contact the Intercultural Diversity Center at ua_idc@ua.edu.


close-up of a plate of fruitLunch and Learn: Coming Out as Latinx

Wednesday, Sept. 28 | Noon-1 p.m. | 2408 Student Center
(Cultural Exploration/Educational Engagement)
*Open to UA students, faculty and staff

Safe Zone Resource Center will host a panel discussion featuring the experiences of LGBTQIA+ Hispanic and Latinx individuals. A catered lunch will be provided. Register for this event. For more information, contact the Safe Zone Resource Center at safezone@ua.edu.


Dr. Mercedes Morales-Alemán,

WGRC Hispanic-Latinx Keynote Speaker

Wednesday, Oct. 5 | Noon-1 p.m. | Anderson Society Room, 3115 Student Center 

Dr. Mercedes Morales-Alemán, assistant professor in the UA Department of Community Medicine and Population Health and the Institute for Rural Health Research, will give the Women and Gender Resource Center’s keynote address for Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month. She will discuss the access of women’s health in Alabama. Dr. Morales-Alemán’s research focuses on sexual health and health care access among ethnic minority women in the U.S. South. Her studies have been funded by the National Center for Advancing Translational Science and the Health Resources and Services Administration. She also teaches and advises students in the Population Health Sciences Master’s in Science (MS) Program and serves as the chair of the College of Community Health Sciences Committee for Academic Diversity and Inclusion. For more information, contact Devon Longstreet at djlongstreet@ua.edu.


Black Feminist Worldmaking and the Memory of Slavery in Latin America

Monday, Oct. 10 | 4 p.m. | 208 Gordon Palmer Hall

The Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx Studies Program will host a lecture by Prof. Aisha Finch, titled “Black Feminist Worldmaking and the Memory of Slavery in Latin America.” Finch is associate professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University and is known for her work on freedom and rebellion, particularly in Cuba in the nineteenth century. She is the author of “Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844.” The UA departments of History and of Gender and Race Studies, as well as the Helen Delpar Endowment for Latin American History, have generously supported this event.


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