About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, America observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.

Upcoming Events

Dia de los Muertos
October 31 - November 2
Setzer Student Center

Hispanic Heritage Month Mixer
Monday, October 7, 11 am—1 pm
Setzer Student Center Room 210

Movie Night - "Selena"
Tuesday, October 8, 7 pm—9 pm
Setzer Student Center Ballroom

Cultural Dive-In
Wednesday, October 23, 11 am—2 pm
Setzer Student Center Ballroom

Student Organizations & Collaborative Programs

Hispanic Student Association
Society of Hispanic Engineers
Spanish Circle of Lamar
Multicultural Greek Council
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority
Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity
Education Initiative Association

Mi Socio Hispanic Mentoring Program

mi socio logoMi Socio Hispanic Mentoring Program is designed to provide professional networking, goal setting, and leadership skills with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Allied Health careers. However, all Hispanic students of every major are welcome to participate.

Mi Socio is designed to help develop the skills and connections necessary to successfully market oneself. This is achieved through a relationship with a Hispanic mentor who has obtained a college degree and is a professional within the university and the area community.

About the Term "Hispanic"

It is believed that in 1970, the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare started using the term Hispanic, as initiated by Grace Flores-Hughes, a Hispanic Bureaucrat. While this isn't exactly validated, the U.S. Census Bureau started officially using the term from the Census of 1980.

'Hispanic', as a term, denotes people who have an association with the country of Spain; it is an ethnonym used for people from Spain and countries that were once colonized by Spain. Some definitions also state a possible relationship with ancient Hispania. In the Roman Era, Hispania was a land that included what is today the Iberian Peninsula. This also includes modern states of Portugal, Andorra, British Crown Dependency of Gibraltar, and obviously Spain.