Latinx Heritage Month

Women dancing traditional Mexican dance.
Latinx Student Service Coordinators serving sweet bread and hot chocolate.
Students playing Latinx Bingo.
CWI instructor presenting a workshop for Latinx Heritage Month.
CWI facultypresenting a workshop for Latinx Heritage Month.

Latinx Heritage month is observed from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of those 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.

Latinx Heritage Month: Celebration Week Events

Date Time   Location Title / Presenter Description
Monday, Sept. 20 11:00-12:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

CWI Latinx Student Services

Latinx Student Services Team

Latinx Student Services support students socially culturally, academically, and through advocacy. This workshop will provide an overview of the many events, programs, scholarship opportunities, and support services available to students. 
  12:00-1:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium


Pan Dulce and Champurrado
  1:00- 2:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

Dolores Huerta: A Lifetime of Working for Economic and Social Justice

Charles M Dickinson | Professor, Sociology

This presentation will cover the life and works of Dolores Huerta, who for over 70 years has worked to improve the lives of those marginalized in society. It will focus particularly on her efforts at labor organizing and her dedication to economic and social justice.    

Tuesday, Sept. 21 11:00-12:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

Latinx Line Dance – Payaso de Rodeo Workshop

Bibiana Ramirez | Coordinator, Latinx Student Service

Ever wanted to jump in on a line dance at a Latinx wedding, graduation, birthday party? Well, come join us as we teach you one VERY popular line dance that is played at almost ALL Latinx parties! Wear comfy shoes and get ready to sweat!

  12:00-1:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium Food Paletas Frescas


  1:00- 2:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

Loteria - Latinx Bingo

Siempre Unidos | Latinx Student Club

Come join us for a fun interactive game of Loteria. Students will be able to learn and play this fun family pastime. Prizes will be awarded to winners. 
Wednesday, Sept. 22 11:00-12:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

Commitment to Loving our Whole Self

 Yarit Rodriguez (they/he, elle/el) | Latinx Community Organizer 

This workshop will help deepen relationships within Latinx families, understanding the importance of culture, and identify preferred methods of affection through healthy communication. 
  12:00-1:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium Food Pan Dulce and Champurrado
  1:00- 2:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

Rigoberta Menchú Tum: Indigenous Advocacy in Guatemala and Beyond

Nikki Gorrell | Professor, Anthropology

Join CWI Anthropology Professor Nikki Gorrell as she presents a biographical profile of this inspirational K’iche’ Mayan author, political activist, and Indigenous rights advocate.
Thursday, Sept. 23 11:00-1:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium Music, Activities and Food Tamales and Jarritos
  1:00- 2:00 p.m. NCAB Atrium

Mi Vida: Un Pobre entre Ricos

Marcos Serratos Garcia | Professor, Diesel Technology, CWI Alumnus

Marcos Serratos Garcia is a CWI Alumnus who currently works as a faculty instructor for the Diesel Technology Program. Marcos will discuss his early childhood living in poverty, reflect on his life experiences as a Latino, and take folks on an inspirational journey through his powerful storytelling.

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Coordinator, Latinx Student Services
Coordinator, Latinx Student Services
Coordinator, Latinx Student Services