Hispanic Heritage Month

A quick glimpse into Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage month started on September 15th and will continue until October 15th. The celebration is honoring the diverse culture, history, and influence of the American Latino community. 

“Hispanic heritage holds an indelible place in the heart and soul of our Nation, and National Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us that the American identity is a fabric of diverse traditions and stories woven together,” said President Joe Biden. “Since the beginning, our country has drawn strength and insights from Hispanic writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders in labor and government.  Our culture has been enriched by the rhythms, art, literature, and creativity of Hispanic peoples.  And our deepest values have been informed by the love of family and faith that is at the core of so many Hispanic communities.”

Hispanic Heritage celebrations started in 1968 under President Lydon Johnson, which was initially Hispanic Heritage week. This was expanded 1988 to the current Hispanic Heritage month, which was enacted into law the same year.

Many Latin American countries won their independence within the 30 day span of Hispanic Heritage Month which increases the significance of the dates.

Celebrations are taking place across the country with a variety of different events to honor the diverse and rich history. 

“One uniting factor within our Hispanic community is our desire to be included and represented in all aspects of American society,” Ily Soares told Desert News. “As has been proven, when different voices are sitting at the metaphorical table and included in key decisions, the entire community benefits from greater solutions that address concerns from all people.”

An NDSU researcher was recently featured in a news story with NBC for her accomplishments.

“I think I was selected because I am a good representation of many talented Latinos showing that we also do professional and highly qualified jobs in the U.S. that directly help contribute to the country’s economy,” said Calles Torrez in an interview with NDSU News. “In my case, I am a postdoctoral scientist at NDSU working with agriculture insect pests in corn in North Dakota.”

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage month is ongoing and events around the country will continue to remind others and honor the culture, influence, diversity, art and progress the Hispanic community has shared. 

There will be a variety of events on campus in the coming weeks as well, stay tuned for more information on those events next week.

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