El Centro is honored to be able to celebrate National Latinx Heritage Month both on campus and virtually this year! Our objectives for National Latinx Heritage month are:
- To engage CSU students in the celebration of the month
- To provide fun, educational and entertaining events for everyone
- To increase the awareness of diversity in our communities
- To develop and nurture positive relationships across diverse cultures
National Latinx Heritage Month is a time where we can all get together to CELEBRATE our unique backgrounds. However, NLHM wasn’t always a month-long celebration. Starting in 1968, Lyndon Johnson’s administration started Hispanic Heritage Week, a time to commemorate the history, culture, and contributions of Latinx people in the US.
Heritage week started on September 15th, the independence days of Central America’s northern triangle countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, in addition to Mexico and Chile’s independence days that take place on September 16th and 18th.
In 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded into the month-long celebration it is today. In the mid-2000s, many organizations changed National Hispanic Heritage Month to National Latinx Heritage Month in order to encapsulate the diversity of our communities.
National Latinx Heritage Month has become synonymous with celebrating and educating others about the Latinx communities’ rich traditions while embracing diversity, multiculturalism, and the intersectionality of our identities.
El Centro looks forward to celebrating with you all this month, and we can’t wait to see you all at our events!