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Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15, 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The 30-day period commemorates the many contributions and cultural influences from those with Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean and Central and South American heritage.

Celebrating Hispanic heritage began in 1968 when Hispanic Heritage Week was renamed under President Lyndon B. Johnson, according to hispanicheritagemonth.gov. The week was expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan to cover a full 30-day period.

Sept. 15 was chosen since it is the anniversary of the independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile have their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

Here are some Chicagoland Hispanic heritage gatherings:


Latinx Heritage Month Field Museum
Hear from Latinx staff members and learn about the Field Museum’s work, from Chicago to the Amazon rainforest. Explore events, exhibitions and stories throughout the month.
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022-Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Chicago, IL

Runway Latinx 2022 The Reboot
Chicago’s biggest fashion event!
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022-Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022
Chicago, IL

For more information on Hispanic Heritage month, email dei@triton.edu.

“We are excited to celebrate the rich history of our Hispanic and Latino students and staff,” said Johnny Urbina, director of Student Services. “We would love the Triton College campus to share their ideas for future celebrations,” said Urbina.

Triton College proudly celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with several events around campus:


past Triton events...

La Lotería Y Artesanía
Play a few rounds of La Lotería (Mexican Bingo) followed by Artesanía (Mexican crafts) while enjoying folkloric music, Mexican sweet bread and Abuelita brand hot chocolate.
Students must show their student ID to play La Lotería
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Student Center Cafeteria, B Building

World Music Series - CANCELLED due to some of the performers having COVID
EnsAmble Ad-Hoc’s Dr. Francy Acosta and José Luis Posada will perform and discuss traditional works from their native Colombia as well as Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.

We Want a World Where Many Worlds Fit
Professor Ulysses Diaz who is now the Assistant Director of Student Success at University of Colorado, Boulder presented this program last year and it was a powerful reminder of the unique challenges faced by Latino students. Join us to watch the video and discuss how we can better support this population of students.
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/96671645331
For more information contact Susan Rohde at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3269.

Brown, Educated and Empowered: Supporting Latinx Student Success
Director of the Purdue University Latino Cultural Center, Carina Olaru will talk about the landscape of higher education and Latinx communities, present ways to continue to support students while reminding those who do this work to also take care of themselves.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/92259702782
For more information contact Susan Rohde at (708) 456-0300, Ext. 3269.

Churros & Champurrado with Colleagues!
Try Churros (fried dough) and a champurrado (chocolate-based beverage) and experience a taste of Mexico with your co-workers.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Building Pavilion, if the weather cooperates. Room B-204, if it does not.

Gingarte Capoeira
Capoeira is an art form that originated in Brazil in the 16th century. This unique martial art combines elements of fight, dance, acrobatics, rhythm, music and philosophy.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Student Center Cafeteria, Building B

World Music Series
The Luciano Antonio Duo perform Brazilian Jazz. Luciano's performance takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with his own originals.
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022
Start Time: 7:00 p.m.
Performing Arts Center, R Building

past Chicagoland events...

Hispano Fest
Friday, Sept. 9, 2022–Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022
1000 N. 25th Ave
Melrose Park, IL

20th Annual Pilsen Mexican Independence Day Parade
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022
Start Time: noon
19th St. from Newberry to Wolcott
Chicago, IL

26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022
Start Time: noon
26th St. from Albany to Kostner
Chicago, IL

Guatemalan Independence Parade
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022
Start Time: noon
Montrose from California to Kimball
Chicago, IL

Hispanic Heritage Month Festival: Convivencia
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
Start Time: Noon-4 p.m.
Taylor Park, 400 Division St.
Oak Park, IL

Annual Mexican Patriotic Parade
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022
Start Time: 1 p.m.
87th and Commercial Ave., South to 100th and Commercial Ave.
Chicago, IL

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022
Start Time: 11:30 a.m.
Broadview Public Library District
Broadview, IL

Chicago White Sox Hispanic Heritage Night
White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers
Friday, Sept. 23, 2022
Start Time: 7:10 p.m.
Guaranteed Rate Field
333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL