Multicultural Center

Hispanic Heritage Month

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2020 Theme: “Mas Fuertes Unidos” (Stronger Together)”

This year we are highlighting the strength that comes when people of all backgrounds come together and support each other. The Latinx community is made up of bright, beautiful, and diverse cultures that we want to embrace and appreciate through this Hispanic Heritage Month. While our campus is extensive and diverse, there is always room to expand on cultural awareness and competence. We hope to be the beginning of a long line of educating our communities on various cultures. The social and political climate that we are under only motivates us more to ensure that we stand in solidarity with those who need it the most.

At UT Dallas, our Latinx students, staff, and faculty, strive to achieve success and find it extremely beneficial to embrace and share the Latinx culture with the rest of our UTD community. We invite you to join us in this year’s HHM events where we’ll be visiting different cultures through dance, film, games, and panels! Please join us and don’t forget to bring your heart and mind and always indulge in what we have to offer. We enjoy educating our campus and learning from one another!

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month and a huge thank you to our Latinx students, staff, and faculty for their incredible ideas and help in the curation of our events. – 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

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Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff

Tuesday, September 15th @ 6 p.m.
Instagram
Join us as we launch this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month at UT Dallas! Celebrate with our fellow Latinx students as they share with us what they enjoy about being Latinx. Learn more about our Latinx organizations, what they do, and how you can join! Tune into our Instagram (@utdallasmc) to watch our Kickoff.

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¡Bailamos!

Thursday, September 17th @ 7 p.m
Online (via Alpha Midway Dance Studio)
Have two left feet? No rhythm? No partner? Need to get up and moving? No Problem! We are bringing the dance lessons to you! Sal, one of our longtime guest instructors will be teaching the art of Merengue and Bachata! We guarantee that you’ll be ready to Dance with the Stars in no time! Registration is required.

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Steps to Register for ¡Bailamos!

  • Register on a desktop for easy use.
  • Choose Create Account
  • Fill out contact information and account information
  • Click Create Account
  • Under Class Schedule, go to Thursday, September 17th and select UTD Virtual Class at 6:30 p.m.
  • Class will officially begin at 7 p.m.
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HHM Movie Night: Vivir Dos Veces (“Live Twice, Love Once”)

Wednesday, September 23rd @ 6:00 p.m.
Netflix Watch Party (Get more information about it!)
Join us for a Netflix watch party featuring Vivir Dos Veces, a story about Emilio, his daughter, and his granddaughter embark on a crazy journey to find the love of his youth before he succumbs to Alzheimer’s disease. We will be using Netflix Party- a new way to watch Netflix with your friends and Comet family online. Registration is required.

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¡Vamos a Votar! (“Let’s Go Vote!”)

Thursday, September 24th @ 6:00 p.m.
Microsoft Teams (Add to your calendar)
College students and young people have been the source of many changes across our country, it starts with you! Join Jolt and LULAC UTD councils as they give you the scoop on all things voting. Learn how to register to vote, research your ballots, and more! Registration is required.
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Jugando Juntos Game Night

Wednesday, September 30th @ 6:00 p.m.
Microsoft Teams
Need a break from studying or watching Netflix? Join us for our first ever, virtual, Latinx game night where you can choose to play Loteria or test your wits in our trivia contest! Prizes will be awarded! You will need a laptop and mobile device to play! RSVP is required!

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“Achieving the Dream” Latinx Professional Panel

Thursday, October 8th • 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facebook Live(Watch) & YouTube Live(Watch)
What does it mean to Achieve the Dream? More so, what does to achieve the dream as a Latino/a/x individual. Join us as welcome diverse Latinx professionals from the fields of business, engineering, education, healthcare and public affairs. Bring your questions, thoughts and an open mind as they share how they navigate their fields, achieving their dreams and representing for the culture.
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VOICES: Hispanic Student Leadership Virtual Experience

Friday, October 9th • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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.

A day full of workshops, speakers and engaging activities for UTD students.

For more information about VOICES, please contact Destiney Tolbert at 972-883-6280 or [email protected].
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Más Fuerte Contigo (“Stronger With You”) Ally Panel

Wednesday, October 14th @ 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Facebook Live(Watch) & YouTube Live(Watch)
Our nation currently is in a state of unrest and struggles with the ntions or systemic racism, inequality and routine injustice to people of color. What does it mean to be an ally to the Latinx community? What is an ally? How can you become an ally? Join us for a live discussion with guest community leaders as they discuss and breakdown Latinx allyship, culturally sensitive issues in the Latinx community and what allies can do to help and be educated.
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Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Friday, October 16th @ Noon
Facebook Live(Watch) & YouTube Live(Watch)
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. Enjoy hearing from our special Keynote speaker, Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya as we embark on the penultimate event of this wonderful month.
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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 2020:

  • Association of Latin American Students
  • Association of Latino Professionals For America
  • JOLT (Student organization)
  • Lambda Theta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Latino Faculty Staff Association
  • Latinx Student Success Network
  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Minority Association of Pre-Medical Association
  • Zeta chapter of 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)