LatinX Heritage Month, or Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation) recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans to the U.S. and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain and Central and South America. MSU honors the culturally preferred and more appropriate term of LatinX Heritage Month because it relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.
Hispanic Heritage month first began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded to cover a 30 day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and is now officially September 15 to October 15. Mid-September was chosen 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, Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. [https://inclusion.uoregon.edu]
We encourage you to take this time to participate in Latinx heritage events in your community and explore the contributions made by so many individuals both now and throughout the year. Read more at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov