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Hispanic/Latiné/x Heritage Month


Each year, 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. 

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 September1 8, respectively.

At SCU, we refer to it as Hispanic/Latiné/x Heritage Month to be more inclusive of the different identities within the community.

2023 Calendar of Events

Current Calendar of Events as of October 15, 2023. Please check back for additional events and updates. 
September  16 Latinx New Student Welcome Reception

5:30pm - 7:00pm

SCDI - North Lobby

September 19 Kickoff Event with free food and information

11:30am - 1:30am

Alameda Lawn (between Benson and the Library)

September 20 - October 15 Special Art Exhibit by Pancho Jimenez on Immigration

8:00am - 5:00pm (during Business Hours M-F)

Walsh Admin Lobby

September 23

Latina/e/o Youth Mental Health Symposium

(sponsored by the College of Education and Counseling Psychology)

8:30am - 5:00pm

California Mission Room, Benson

Registration Required (FREE); Event Flier

September 24

Los Broncos at SCU Women's Soccer vs. Pacific

(sponsored by SCU Athletics & Enrollment Management)


Stevens Stadium

September 26 Latinx Student Union (LSU) 1st General Meeting

8:20pm - 9:20pm

Shapell Lounge, Multicultural Center

September 29 Latinx Organizational Showcase - featuring the different Comunidad groups

11:30am - 1:30pm

Alameda Lawn (between Benson and the Library)

October 3 Community Conversation: Latino/a/e/x Issues in the United States

12:10pm - 1:30pm

Via Zoom - Register 

October 5 Cultural Showcase - Evening of Music, Food and Entertainment

7:00pm - 9:00pm

California Mission Room, Benson

October 6 Latinx Organizational Showcase - featuring the different Comunidad groups

11:30am - 1:30pm

Alameda Lawn (between Benson and the Library)

October 7 Una Noche en Latinoamerica - A Night in Latin America

7:00pm - 9:00pm  (Doors open at 6:30pm)

Locatelli Center

October 11 Conchas y Cafe (Donut Day)

8:30am - 9:30am

Walsh Admin & President's Office

October 13

Latinx Alumni Reception at Grand Reunion 

(sponsored by the Alumni Association & Office for Diversity and Inclusion)

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Vari Hall Outdoor Patio

Open to SCU faculty, staff and students

October 17

Horizons beyond DACA: Advocating for the rights of all immigrant youth 

(sponsored by the Undocumented Student Working Group and the Undocumented Students and Allies Association)

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Williman Room, Benson

October 19

Fireside Chat with Emily Tosta - Latina Actress & Activist 

6:00pm - 7:00pm

CA Mission Room, Benson

October 23

Multicultural Student STEM Reception

(sponsored by the School of Engineering and others)

4:30pm - 7:00pm

Locatelli. Student Center

October 24

Inside SCU's Community Read: Solito (panel and reception)

(sponsored by the Library & Inclusive Excellence)


4:00pm - 5:30pm

St. Clare Room (3rd Floor) - Library (Learning Commons)

If you have any questions about any of the listed events or would like to add an event to be featured, please reach out to Ray Plaza ( and/or Chris Harris (charris2@scu.du).

Planning Committee

A special thank you to the Planning committee for this insight and support, as well to our campus partners:

  • Ray Plaza and Chris Harris (conveners)
  • Lauren Baines
  • Eva Blanco Masias
  • Nicole Branch
  • Amanda Chavez
  • Karla Bolanos Colon
  • Lorenzo Gamboa
  • Veronica Miranda
  • Yesenia Magdaleno-Solis
  • Ana Maria Pineda
  • Danielle Sandoval
  • Shá Duncan Smith