Latinx Heritage Month


Read an essay about this year's Latinx Heritage month by Vice President for Eqiuty and Inclusion Yvette Alex-Assensoh.


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 September18, respectively. Also, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.



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Latinx Heritage Month 2019

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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

2019 events 

  • Fiesta Cultural
  • Resistance as Power: A Curatorial Response to Under the Feet of Jesus
  • Traditional Dress and Mexican Horseman or Charro Equipment Exhibit
  • Celebracíon de la Herencia Hispana & El Grito
  • CLLAS Teach-in: Langyage and Poetry as Resistance
  • CLASS Latinx Heritge Month Poetry Slam by Melissa Lozada-Olivia
  • Madre's Club
  • UO Common Reading Program: Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena María Viramontes
  • Day of the Dead: Hanging Altars of Coatetelco and Other Expressions from Morelos
  • Día de los Muertos Celebration



Latinx Heritage Month 2018

Latinx Website 2018

2018 events 

  • Gallery Talk: Elsa Mora
  • Flor y canto: Diego Rivera’s La ofrenda and Rufino Tamayo’s Perro aullando a la luna 
  • Power in Puerto Rico
  • Cascadia Concert Opera presents: “Tango of the White Gardenia”
  • Harvest of Empire: The Untold Story of Latinos in America
  • Black Latina The Play
  • CLLAS Teach-in: Film and Activism with film director Peter Bratt
  • CLLAS Dolores Film Screening & Discussion with film director Peter Bratt
  • Día de los Muertos Celebration
  • Oregon Composers Forum: Guest Artist Estelí Gomez
  • Fiesta Cultural

LatinX Heritage Month 2017

2017 Latinx Heritage Month Events Title Image

Empowerment Through History: A Reflection on Latinx Heritage Month 
by Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Yvette Alex-Assensoh. September 2017

2017 Events

  • FLOCK Party UO Fandangueros and Mariachi Zavala

  • Now I Am Your Neighbor performance sponsored by Community Alliance of Lane County

  • Aztlan Topializti Mural event

  • An Evening with Maria Hinojosa: host of NPR’s Latino USA sponsored by Oregon Humanities Center

  • Cuba Ocho art exhibit featuring contemporary Cuban art

  • Diálogos art exhibit featuring artists from Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and the U.S.

  • Club de arte para mamas (madres club): Community art club for Spanish speaking mothers

  • Mochima: Venezuelan Folk Music Trio Sponsored by World Music Series with Oregon Humanities Center

  • DREAMer Ally Training for Faculty and Staff (Registration Full)

  • Communication, Communion, and Confrontation in Puerto Rican Art by Antonio Martorell sponsored by Teaching Engagement Program Community Grant

  • Penelope’s Loom: A Creative Writing Workshop

  • Define American: My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant Feat. José Antonio Vargas sponsored by Wayne Morse Center

  • Día de los MuertosTown Hall with Jose Antonio Vargas

  • Penelope’s Loom: A Public Reading

  • Mírame bien: Portraits of Mexico by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Paul Strand, and Edward Weston

  • Oregon’s Latinx Roots: Documenting the History of the Latinx Community in Oregon

  • Lane Arts Council: Fiesta Cultural