Hispanic-Latinx Heritage

From the desk of Natasha Martin, JD, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion:

We begin this academic year during a historic week for the university as we celebrate the inauguration of our new President, Eduardo Peñalver, and more fully re-engage as a campus after a consequential 18 months.

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Students standing on a makeshift hill made of tiresSU students working alongside their Mexican neighbors to lay a foundation for a house in a Tijuana, 2019 Mexico Immersion to Esperanza. Image courtesy of Associate Clinical Professor Audrey Hudgins.

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History of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Courtesy of www.hispanicheritage.gov

More information on the Federal government origins of Hispanic Heritage Month can be found here. Explore The History Channel archives, here.

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In Xóchitl in Cuícatl: Floricanto

Green Humming bird and two purple flowers line 3 corners of the invitation. TEXT: School of Arts  & Culture Mexican Heritage Plaza, Featuring 20 Acclaimed Poets, lists out poets, Celebration of Mexican Independence Day & Book Launch In Xochitl In CUICATL: Floricanto with date and time

The Heritage Plaza will be flying and housing 20 poets out of the 66 included in the one hundred year collection of Chicanx/Latinx poetry to celebrate 100 years of poetry. The anthology, In Xóchitl in Cuícatl: Floricanto Cien años de poesía chicanx/latinx (1920-2020) is a fully bilingual with over 700 poems by Chicanx/Latinx poets from all over the United States, published in Madrid, by Polibea Press. The Anthology was edited by Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Ph.D. and Armando Miguélez, Professor at the Miguel Hernández de Elche University in Alicante, and a specialist on early Chicanx literature.

 A group photo of the launch of In Xóchitl in Cuícatl in Spain with the editors and program leaders

Watch Professor Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs announce the launch of this historic book of poetry on Mexico's Independence Day on KRONON TV 

Alumni poets featured:

  • Aldo U. Reséndiz
  • Alex Ziperovich
  • Carlos Sibaja-García
  • Joshu Holguín
  • Claudia Castro-Luna

And Veronica Eldredge's art work was selected by Polibea Press in Spain to appear as the cover design of the anthology:

TEXT: In Xóchitl in Cuícatl: Floricanto Cien años de poesía chicanx/latinx (1920-2020) IMAGE: Green hummingbird perched on purple flower Text: Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs Juan Velasco Moreno Armando Míguelez Editorial Polibea. Colección

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Celebrating the Diaspora

In the media and much of the official political discourse, the word “illegal” prevails over “undocumented” and the term “immigrant” over “refugee.” How would anyone who is stigmatized as an “illegal immigrant” feel “safe” and “happy”?

Valeria Luiselli, Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions

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Faculty Spotlight

Lemieux Library Celebration of Scholarship highlights:

Add your scholarship, interviews, articles to this list by emailing inclusion@seattleu.edu