Read an essay about this year's Latinx Heritage month by Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh.
Watch videos from Latinx Heritage Month Here
LatinX Heritage Month or Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation), recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans to the U.S. and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain and Central and South America. The UO honors the culturally preferred and more appropriate term of LatinX Heritage Month and expands events through early November. The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.
Hispanic Heritage month first began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded to cover a 30 day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and is now officially September 15 to October 15. Mid-September was chosen 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, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Latinx Heritage Month 2021 Happenings
- SEPTEMBER 24, 7:00 PM
Honorees: Reyna Lopez: Executive Director, PCUN; Adriana Miranda: Former Executive Director for CAUSA Oregon; Chief of Staff, Office of Commissioner Carmen Rubio; Ricardo Lujan-Valerio: Former Director of Advocacy for Latino Network; Policy Director, Office of Commissioner Carmen Rubio.
Co-sponsored with Division of Equity and Inclusion.
- September 25, 1:00 PM
Fiesta Cultural Pop Up in Kesey Square
Presented by Lane Arts Council and City of Eugene Cultural Services.
Community altar competition with awesome local prizes
Art workshops led by local artists
Outdoor procession and celebration in the heart of downtown (November 2, 4– 6pm)
Springfield History Museum exhibit featuring local Latinx art and culture (mid September-mid November)
- SEPTEMBER 26, 11:00 Am - 4:00 PM
Join El Taller de Son Jarocho for live music and dance of Veracruz, starting at 1pm.
Also at the Market:
Ima Munay Jewelry is an Andinx owned business that creates one of a kind hand made jewelry in the Andean wire weaving tradition of Peru
Plant Chic Tropicals cultivates lush and happy tropical house plants inspired by the ecosystem of Puerto Rico
Delicias Tiki Tiki sells quesadillas, fresh tortillas sold by the dozen and made to order, and bolis in several tropical and local fruit flavors!
- october 1, 7:30 PM
Bailamos is a group of dancers, DJs, event organizers, and instructors in Eugene who are looking to create communities to promote and support LatinX dance culture, by bringing together dancers and creators to put on community-friendly events to rival the best that the West Coast has to offer. These Friday night events help promote the unity of dance by playing and teaching a variety of Latin dance styles.
- OCTOBER 23, 7:30 PM
Milagro is a beautiful new musical, inspired by the miraculous true story of a Latin American woman and her quest to reconnect with her roots. Audiences will get a rare and very exciting first listen to the music from this deeply personal story about survival, love, loss, and the complexity of family.
The Music of Milagro is a bilingual presentation, with music and scenes performed in English and Spanish.
Latinx Heritage Month 2020
Read "Latinx Heritage Month 2020" by Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion here
Latinx Heritage Month 2019
Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, notes in her essay, The UO Honors Latinx Heritage Month 2019, "Too often, we view history as static; a set of facts to be observed rather than celebrated; ideas that have been memorialized rather than tools for constructing a better present. As a result, history is sometimes devalued, especially in regards to marginalized communities, and it ultimately works to the detriment of us all. This is why Latinx Heritage Month is so important, especially in 2019...Read More
Latinx Heritage Month 2018
LatinX Heritage Month 2017
Empowerment Through History: A Reflection on Latinx Heritage Month
by Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh. September 2017