Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15, 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history and culture of people with ancestors from Spain, Mexico, The Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The month is a designated time of year to acknowledge the contributions Hispanic and Latinx people have made to the United States.

The month begins September 15, marking the day several Latin American countries, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras declared independence from Spain. The independence days of Mexico and Chile fall on September 16 and September 18, respectively. October 12 is Dia de la Raza, a day many Spanish speaking cultures recognize as a day to celebrate the indigenous people of Latin America, and their diverse cultures and traditions.

Observing Hispanic Heritage began in the United States during 1968 as a week. The week was expanded to a month in 1988 and signed into law in August 1988. There are many ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, for opportunities to explore visit the links below.


Events

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021
3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago, Ill.

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Month
La Barra – Riverside, Ill.

Monday, Sept. 27, 2021
2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Triton College will host Yvette DeChavez, Ph.D.
DeChavez will speak about the first-generation college student experience in a presentation called “Things I wish someone had told me.” She will have a conversation with Triton’s Elizabeth Collins, Ph.D., on several topics pertinent to the first-generation student experience. Join via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 929 0709 1791

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021
Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Reunion de la Familia
Triton College - Student Cafeteria (B-Building), River Grove, Ill.

Friday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021
Latina Expo 2021
Latina Expo Tickets

  • Friday, Oct. 1, 2021:
    • Networking Event and Fashion Festival
  • Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021 and Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021:
    • Latina Expo Seminars, Speakers, Demonstrations, and Guest Speakers

Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Senior Social Hour
Broadview Public Library, Broadview, Ill.

General Information & Resources

Neighborhoods, Museums and Art Centers

Book Lists from local libraries