National Hispanic Heritage Month began as a week-long observation designated by Congress in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, Congress designated a full month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) to Hispanic Heritage Month.
The day of Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrated their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Dia de la Raza, which is on Oct. 12, falls within the 30-day period.
Beloit College is proud to celebrate Hispanic - Latino/a Heritage Month by raising awareness, providing education, and holding celebratory activities to honor the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Please join in celebrating this years national theme Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor. Details of events will be posted to the Intercultural Affairs web site (www.beloit.edu/ic/ ) each week.
Until then... mil gracias y felicidades!
BTYB: Office of Intercultural Affairs, Voces, Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program