Multicultural Center

Hispanic Heritage Month

2019 Theme: “A Legacy of Latinx Success”

Hispanic Americans have recently been subjective to attacks on our loyalty, it is now time to remind all people of the many contributions of Hispanics to the history and legacy of our Nation. Hispanics have served and continue to serve our Nation with honor and valor in all aspects in the formation of our country. Our contributions are numerous. Hispanic & Latinx Americans serve as Civil Rights leaders, politicians, military, educators, first responders, science pioneers, and public servants, etc.

At UT Dallas, our Latinx students, staff and faculty continue to serve our campus and surrounding communities with excellence. Their accomplishments include but are not limited to: teaching ESL Classes to staff members in need, recruiting students to the university, teaching underrepresented populations about college, and providing cultural performances for the campus. Our Latinx community is dedicated to improving the lives of our campus, surrounding communities, our nation and ultimately, our world.

We invite you to celebrate the myriad of cultures that make up our Hispanic/Latinx community on campus! – Written by the students on the Hispanic Heritage Month planning committee.

History of Hispanic Heritage Month

The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1988, under President Ronald Reagan. However, its roots date back to 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the first Hispanic Heritage Week. Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th. September 15th is a ceremonial day in Latin America because it marks the independence day of five Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Schedule of Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

Tuesday, September 17 @ 7 p.m
Student Union Plinth
Come celebrate Hispanic culture with the Multicultural Center as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month at UTD! With the help of some our Latinx student organizations, travel around with your “passport” and get a taste of Latin America. Enjoy a captivating dance performance by United Dance Academy Samba and make sure to stick around for some delicious cuisine!

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Merengue with Me!

Thursday, September 19 @ 7 p.m
Visitor Center Atrium (Map)
With the help of a professional Merengue instructor, become a pro at this lively dance on September 19th at 7pm in the Visitors Center Atrium. You don’t want to miss it.

HHM Movie Night: Stand & Deliver

Tuesday, September 24 @ 7:00 p.m.
TI Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)
Join us for a screening of Stand and Deliver, the inspiring story of Jaime Escalante, a high school teacher who successfully inspired his dropout prone students to learn calculus.

The Latinx Hustle

Thursday, September 26 @ 7:00 p.m.
Jindal School of Management (JSOM 2.803)
What does it mean climb the ladder of career success for a Latinx individual? Come out and join us as we have guest speakers discuss their career paths and how they’ve navigated the professional world while being Latinx. Grab some coffee and light refreshments as we share with others our thoughts and together find out how to naviagte the world as a Latinx professional.

Taboo Topics: Sin Dicho (“It goes without saying”)

Wednesday, October 2 @ 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jindal School of Management Executive Dining Room (JSOM 1.606)
Have you ever found yourself in an awkward disagreement with your family at parties? Join us for a lively conversation regarding taboo topics in the Latinx community (including but are not limited to: colorism, Anti-blackness, machismo, activism & more).

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Thursday, October 10 @ 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Union Galaxy Rooms (SU 2.602)
Celebrate Latinx roots and witness true Latinx excellence as we bring Hispanic Heritage Month to a close during our Celebration this year! Enjoy the performances of our very own students as they share their various talents with us throughout the night. Be witness to a beautiful flag show and enjoy traditional Latin Cuisine as we embark on the penultimate event of this wonderful month.

VOICES: Hispanic Student Leadership Weekend

Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th

VOICES is a student success program offered by the Multicultural Center and is designed for all Latinx students who attend UT Dallas. Attendees will get better acclimated to UTD, join our vibrant Latino student community and become better connected to campus resources.

Friday, October 11th @ 6-8 p.m.: Family Game Night
Student Union Faculty-Staff Dining Hall (SU 2.905)

la edición de la familia (the family edition)
Come and enjoy an evening of games & food. You’re welcome to bring your family!

Saturday, October 12th @ 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Leadership Day
ATEC First Floor Lobby

A day full of workshops, speakers and engaging activities for UTD students. Breakfast & Lunch are included for registrants.

For more information about VOICES, please contact the MC at 972-883-6390 or [email protected].

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) at UT Dallas is a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty here at the university. The Multicultural Center is thankful for their support. The following are cosponsors & collaborators for HHM 2019:

  • Center for U.S.-Latin America Initiatives
  • JOLT (Student organization)
  • Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
  • Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Latino Faculty Staff Association
  • Latinx Student Success Network
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Mexican American Student Association
  • Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

For more information, please contact the us at 972-883-6390 or [email protected].

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month. (wikipedia)

Latin Country Flags and Independence Dates. (pdf)