In recognition of Latinx Heritage Month
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater joins in the nation celebrating Latinx Heritage Month. Traditionally celebrated from September 15 through October 15, this celebratory month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month, dates back to 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson established Hispanic Heritage Week. September marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.
The Hispanic population has reached over 60 million in 2019 up from 50 million in 2010 in the United States, thus signifying Hispanics are the nation’s second-fastest-growing racial and ethnic group after Asian Americans.
The theme for this celebration this year is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” This theme alludes to the resilience, fortitude and celebration of Hispanic heritage and provides an opportunity to reflect on those brave pioneers who labored to make a better space in the world for those of Hispanic descent but also shows progress toward a better tomorrow.
As Warhawks, we value this rich history and legacy and strive to continue to make UW-Whitewater a welcoming and affirming institution that celebrates our various cultures.