About LatinX Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month 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. Also, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

You may rememember this month referred to as Latino/a or Latin@ Heritage month in the past.  In an attempt to be more inclusive, the committee decided this year to update the name outside of a gender binary.  To learn more about this concept, please read this article "What is LatinX?" by Gabe Gonzales at Flama.

If you'd like to join the heritage month committee, please complete the interest form here.

Events for this month:

September 11, 2018

MESA & La Casa: Latinx Heritage Month Opening Ceremony

Michigan League Ballroom, 6pm

September 13, 2018

La Casa: Mass Meeting

School of Education Room 2202, 7:30pm

September 18, 2018

University Library: Latinx Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Hatcher Gallery, 4pm

September 21, 2018

Latino/a Studies: Fall Welcome Luncheon

3512 Haven Hall, 12pm

September 21, 2018

LatinX Social Work Coalition & Trotter: "Paint No Pour" Ft. Artist Frida Kahlo

Trotter Multicultural Building, 6pm

September 22, 2018

U of M Latino Alumni: UM vs. Nebraska Tailgate

Ann Arbor Golf and Outing Club

September 23, 2018

Sigma Lambda Gamma Do it for the Culture: Games & Dialogue

G168 Angell Hall, 11:30am

September 23, 2018

LatinX Social Work Coalition & Trotter: Un Poquito de Sabor

Trotter Multicultural Building, 5pm

September 29, 2018

La Casa: Únete

Diag, 4pm

October 2, 2018

Ruth Behar: Lucky Broken Girl Reading


East Quad Keene Theater, 7PM

October 3, 2018

U of M Latino Alumni & Michigan Hispanic Collaborative:

The State of Latino/a Education Panel

Alumni Association Building

Founders Room, 5:30pm

October 4, 2018

La Casa: Cultural Crossroads

Ross School of Business,

5th Floor Blau Colloquium, 7pm

October 5, 2018

Ashley Lucas Performance Doin’ Time:

Through The Visiting Glass


East Quad Keene Theater, 7pm

October 11, 2018

Chi Upsilon Sigma: Let the Juegos Begin!

Michigan League 1st Floor

Room 4, 6PM

October 11, 2018

Delta Tau Lambda: Salute to Latinas:

Fuerza de la Mujer Latina “Radiance in Color”

Rackham Auditorium Hall, 6:30PM

October 17- November 3

University Library: Day of the Dead Community Altar

Shapiro Library Lobby, 7pm

October 18, 2018

Latina/o Studies: Keywords for Latina/o Studies Panel

Hatcher Graduate Library

Room 100, 4pm

October 20, 2018

Save The Date

U of M Latino Alumni: Annual Meeting & MSU vs. UM Watch Party

October 25, 2018

University Library & University Musical Society: "My Latinx Is"

Hatcher Gallery, 7pm

October 29, 2018

MESA/Latina/o Studies Program/La Casa: LHM Closing Reception

Michigan League Ballroom, 6pm

November 2, 2018

Lambda Theta Alpha: Dia De Los Muertos Ball

Rackham Assembly Hall, 8pm