Multicultural Center

Hispanic Heritage Month

2018 Theme: “One Endless Voice to Enhance our Traditions”

Every year, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 in honor of the many Latin American countries who gained their independence during this time frame. Though as Hispanics we all have our unique set of traditions and customs, at the end of the day we all share the same language. With our voice, we will continue to pass down our traditions and the world will be able to share with us the beauty that is our culture and our history. We hope these programs and events aid you in learning more about the Hispanic culture, history and traditions that are ultimately vital pieces of American history.

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

Monday, 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 and make sure to stick around for some delicious cuisine! Volunteer Here!

Using Our Voices Through Civic Engagement Workshop

Thursday, September 20 @ 7 p.m
McDermott Library 4th Floor Suite (4.400)
Do you want to know more on how you can be more engaged in your community? Are there times when you’ve wanted to do more about current issues and don’t quite know where to start at? Join us as we hold a workshop that will not only teach you how you can be more active in the community but will also let you know about your rights, ways to help those who may not theirs, and much more.

Salsa Dance Workshop

Tuesday, September 25 @ 6:00 p.m.
Founders Building Second Floor Atrium
With the help of a professional Salsa instructor, become a pro at this lively dance on September 25th at 6pm in Founders Atrium. You don’t want to miss it!

Conversando con Café

Thursday, September 27 @ 7:00 p.m.
T.I. Auditorium (ECSS 2.102)
What does it mean to be Latinx in today’s society? Come out and join us as we have guests speakers discuss what it means to them to be Latinx and how every day the Latinx community is defying more and more the stereotypes that have clustered us into a box. Grab some coffee and some sweet bread as we share with others our thoughts and together redefine what it means to be Latinx.

The Growing Influence of Latinos in Texas and the US: A Perspective from The Americas

Tuesday, October 2 @ 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
UTD Jindal School of Management Davidson Auditorium (JSOM 1.118)
Join us for a lively conversation with several Consul Generals from Latin America to discuss the important work of consults supporting immigrants in the United States and collaborations between higher education institutions in the US and The Americas. The event is being hosted by the UT Dallas Latino Faculty & Staff Association and is open to the general public.

Cumbia Dance Workshop

Thursday, October 4 @ 6:00 p.m.
Founders Building Second Floor Atrium (SU 2.602)
With the help of a professional Cumbia instructor, become a pro at this wonderful dance style on October 4th at 6pm in Founders Atrium. You don’t want to miss it!

VOICES: Hispanic Student Leadership Weekend

Friday, October 5th & Saturday, October 6th

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 5th @ 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 6th @ 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Leadership Day
JSOM 2.115

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 Monica Williamson at 972-883-6280 or [email protected].

Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Thursday, October 11 @ 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Student Union Galaxy RoomsSU 2.602
Celebrate Latin 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 last event of this wonderful month.

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 2018:

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts
  • Center for U.S. -Latin America Initiatives
  • 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
  • Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students
  • 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 D’Andrea Young at 972-883-6390 or [email protected].

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month. (wikipedia)

Latin Country Flags and Independence Dates. (pdf)