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Each year, Hispanic/Latin Heritage Month is a 30-day period from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. You might ask: Why does this celebration begin in the middle instead of the beginning of September? 

This Hispanic/Latin Heritage month, the college celebrates and recognizes those Hispanic and Latino/a individuals and groups at SUNY Oswego and throughout the country. Hispanic Heritage Week was observed in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. It is a 30-day period and begins in the middle of the month to celebrate the independence days of several Latin American countries (including Spain because it is within the period):

  • Sept. 15: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua
  • Sept. 16: Mexico
  • Sept. 18: Chile 
  • Oct. 12: Spain

For this month, the college encourages all faculty, staff, students and community members to engage with the following programs: 

  • Department of Modern Language & Pragda: The IberoAmerican Film Series 

    • Every Wednesday from Sept. 7 through Oct. 5 at 7 pm in Marano Campus Center auditorium, Room 132 (see full list of films)

  • Latino Student Union (LSU): The purpose of LSU is to raise awareness of the Latino community on the SUNY Oswego campus. 

    • President: Mathews Frank 

    • Follow and support their events on Instagram @lsu_osu

  • ALANA 36th annual Student Leadership Conference: Cuban Art Gallery and speaker 

  • Penfield Library’s Research Guide 

    • Check out the informational videos and other content at the link above

    • On Thursday, Sept. 22, from 4 pm to 5:30 p.m., the library will host a Banned Book Celebration event with the English and Creative Writing Department 

    • How many currently banned books are related to the Hispanic/Latinae heritage? 

Follow the Triandiflou Institute Instagram page @ozinstitute for all the latest updates regarding programs, events,and educational posts for the month.

-- Submitted by the James A. Triandiflou Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformative Practice