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Hispanic Heritage Month at SDSU: Events You Can’t Miss

Annual celebrations begin on Sept. 15, continuing through October 15.
By Nandi Maunder
 

This year San Diego State University approaches a decade as a federally recognized Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), working continuously to support and uplift Latinx students, faculty, and staff.  This title, defined by the U.S. Department of Education as “an eligible institution” with “an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic students.”

As of Fall 2021, 31.8% of SDSU’s undergraduate population is Hispanic according to SDSU’s Analytic Studies and Institutional Research team. 

In conjunction with HSI Affairs, the Chicanx Studies Department, multiple Cultural Centers, and the Latinx Student Union, SDSU will be hosting events to honor Hispanic Heritage Month, starting on Sept. 15. 

Originally designed as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first piece of legislation celebrating Latinx contributions to the U.S., as well as several Latin American independence days also occurring that same week. Twenty years later, Pres. H.W. Bush expanded Hispanic Heritage Week to Hispanic Heritage Month, what it is currently known as. Every U.S. President has acknowledged Hispanic Heritage Month every year on Sept. 15.

Here are some upcoming events highlighting the wealth of experiences and diversity within Latinx cultures and identities. 

Latinx Community Social 

The Latinx/Hispanic Community of SDSU invites you to join us at a social to connect with the SDSU Latinx/Hispanic/Chicanx familia on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The Social will welcome new staff members and to connect them to our community of Latinx faculty, staff, and students. We will also recognize all those who have earned promotions and accolades this year (e.g., promotions, promotions to tenure, professor, and awards). This social, conceived and inspired through recommendations from the HSI Campus Advisory Committee and the HSI Student Advisory Board, is being planned in collaboration with the Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Latina Network, the Latinx Resource Center, the Undocumented Resource Center, the Latinx Student Union, the Center for Intercultural Relations, and MEChA (among others). Latinx Resource Center is providing additional information

Talk It Out Drop-in Support at the LRC

Drop by the Latinx Resource Center anytime between 1-2 p.m. on Mondays to talk with a bilingual counselor for 15-20 minutes about your concerns, get help with problem-solving, and ask any questions you may have about therapy or C&PS. Talk It Out counselors can also guide you through the process of setting up an appointment at C&PS or discuss potential resources both on and off campus. No appointment necessary!  

En Confianza

En Confianza is a support group where you will learn how to face the challenges of culture shock, generational differences, and the challenge of belonging to two or more cultures. At En Confianza, we will learn how to be successful in our lives emotionally, academically and professionally. Group meets will be held on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. in the Latinx Resource Center Conference Room, where Spanish, Spanglish and English will be welcome.

Te gustaría conectarte con más estudiantes que se identifican como Latina/o/e/x, Chicanx, o Hispanos en SDSU? O ¿has tenido dificultad en identificarte como parte de la comunidad de SDSU? 

Would you like to connect with other students who identify as Latina/o/e/x, Chicanx, or Hispanic? Or, are you having difficulties with identifying yourself as a part of the SDSU community?

Jotería Sin Fronteras 

Joteria Sin Fronteras is a support group where students who identify within the intersections of LGBTQ+ and Latinx, come together to build community through radical joy, friendships, knowledge, and fun activities. Joteria meets every Thursday from 7-8 p.m., and is a collaboration between the Latinx Resource Center and Pride Center.


Pachanga 

 

A final celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month will be held on Thursday, Oct. 13 in the courtyard of The Conrad Prebys Student Union. There will be music, food, and entertainment to enjoy, as well as a tabling event for Latinx student organizations. 


For a full list of events check out SDSU’s Hispanic Heritage Month Event Calendar