Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 to October 15, honors the stories and experiences of Chicanx, Latinx and Hispanic cultures. Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month began as a commemorative week in 1968 and was later expanded to cover a month in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month coincides with Independence Day celebrations of various nations. September 15 is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18.
In celebration of Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, ASU will host a variety of events and programs across all four campuses. Below are just a few. To view the full event schedule, visit ASU’s Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month website.
Hispanic Research Center Virtual Art Show: “Heroes and Icons in Hispanic Culture”
Wednesday, September 15 to Friday, October 15
ASU will provide a visual representation of artwork in the Hispanic Research Center that includes images of everyday heroes, in addition to other legendary, musical and educational heroes and warriors in Hispanic culture. These themes are an integral part of the diverse Hispanic culture in the United States.
Una Tarde with Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz
Thursday, September 16, 12 to 6 p.m.
School of Transborder Studies, Tempe Campus
Join the ASU School of Transborder Studies for an afternoon with Lalo Alcaraz, renowned Chicano cartoonist, as he cuts the ribbon for their art exhibit. The exhibit will showcase the COVID Latino campaign artwork that Lalo and STS have been collaborating on for the past 6 months. The aim of the project is to create culturally-tailored COVID-19 information for Latinx communities.
Salsa y Salsa
Friday, September 24, 6 to 8 p.m.
Cooley Ballroom B/C, Polytechnic Campus
Join HOLA for a night of Salsa! Salsa lessons will be led by ASU Alum Paola Lopez. During this event, you will be able to learn basic salsa steps in a culturally diverse environment. Free catering will be provided during the event.
Behind the book: Postcolonial Love Poem
Monday, October 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Multicultural Center, Tempe Campus
Join Pulitzer prize winning Mojave and Latinx poet, Natalie Diaz, as she sits down to discuss her book “Postcolonial Love Poem” and explores the underlying themes regarding latinidad, indigeneity, gender and more.
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Night
Friday, October 8, 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 East Veterans Way
At the ASU football game versus Stanford on Oct. 8, the Sun Devils football team will celebrate Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Night. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff and will feature the recognition of the ASU 2021 Hispanic Latinx Heritage Honorees: Provost Dr Nancy Gonzales, Maria Echeveste from Bank of America, and Aliento.