Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is a nationally recognized month in which it celebrates the cultures and the contributions of Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanics Americans to the United States. September 15th was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15, 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21 respectively.

2023-24 Hispanic Heritage Month Events 

September 9th from 1-3pm: SEE Market Vendors - Support your local Latino/a/e vendors during the SEE outdoor market. Email studentengagement@lclark.edu for more information.

September 14th from 4-5pm: Dance Workshop: Cumbia - No skills required. Learn different Latin American dances with guided choreographies. 

September 15th at 4pm: El Grito, off-campus event - Connect with Gente Latina Unida (GLU) to adventure off-campus with other L&C students to attend the annual Portland event, El Grito. Email glu@lclark.edu for more details.

September 16th at 6pm: Community Dinner - For those who identify as Hispanic/Latino/a/e - come share a student-led and home-cooked meal honoring the various cuisines from Hispanic/Latino/a/e cultures. If you would like to help prepare the meal, please let us know. RSVP is appreciated.

September 18th to October 2nd: Hispanic Heritage Month Art Display - Visit the Watzek library to admire artwork submitted by Hispanic/Latine students from L&C. Email IME to learn more or to get your art displayed: multicultural@lclark.edu 

September 21st from 4-5pm: Dance Workshop: Merengue- No skills required. Learn different Latin American dances with guided choreographies.

September 28th from 4-5pm: Dance Workshop: Bachata- No skills required. Learn different Latin American dances with guided choreographies.

September 28th from 8-10pm: Gente Latina Unida presents a Dance Party - Dance to your favorite Hispanic/Latino/a/e songs. Email glu@lclark.edu for more information.

Sept 29th from 6-7pm: IME Wokeshop presents “Latino vs Hispanic vs Latinx Explained” - join us in a conversation about what terms are used to label Latin American/Hispanic communities. Let us know you plan to come via interest link.

October 3rd from 6-7pm: IME’s Community Circle “¡Fortaleciendo la comunidad!” - a night of community building through conversations and food.

October 5th from 4-5pm: Dance Workshop: Salsa- No skills required. Learn different Latin American dances with guided choreographies.

October 15th from 5-8pm: Bon Appetite presents Hispanic Heritage Month Dinner with a twist from Hispanic/Latine-inspired recipes. 

September 15 - October 15, 2023


September 15 - October 15, 2022
September 16: Bon Appetite presents a Hispanic dinner featuring food from various Hispanic cultur... Sept 16th dining hall menu Hispanic Dinner Menu:Gallo Pinto, Vori Vori, Choripán, Arroz con Pollo

More information and RSVP forms, visit our LinkTree!
IME’s LinkTree

Learn about our Gente Latina Unida (GLU) student affinity group!
GLU’s Instagram | glu@lclark.edu

Resources on Hispanic Culture:

Hispanic Heritage Month Booklist - recommended by the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee and campus partners!

The differences between Hispanic, Latino, Latine, and Latinx?

  • Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month. L&C honors Hispanic Heritage Month while wanting to recognize that “Hispanic” may not be inclusive of all members of the community. To learn more about Hispanic, Chicano/a, Latino/a, Latinx, Latine communities, please check out a recent IME Wokeshop.
  • Check out this video

Events around Portland

There are many wonderful films that capture and celebrate Hispanic and Latino culture. Here is a list of ones we highly recommend:

  • Selena

  • Walkout

  • Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna) 

  • Instructions Not Included

  • Blood In and Blood Out

  • El Norte

  • Mi Familia

  • La Bestia

  • Stand and Deliver

  • Sin Nombre

  • La Bamba

  • American Me

  • Real Women Have Curves

  • McFarland, USA

  • The 33

  • Machuca

  • Voces Inocentes 

  • Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate) 

Want to get involved with the Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee for 2023-22?! Email IME at multicultural@lclark.edu to get involved! But don’t wait until next year to get involved, contact us if you have ideas!