5 Ways You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

September 29, 2022
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From September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! This year, the observance theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation,” which encourages everyone to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed.

We invite you to join us in honoring the many ways people of Hispanic descent (folks who ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America) have contributed to and influenced our history and culture. Check out how you can celebrate with us below!

1. Center and amplify activists that work toward social justice for the Hispanic community:

You can learn more about these activists below:

  • Sara Mora, 22, publicly revealed that she was an undocumented DACA recipient, launching her work in activism. Sara is using the power of digital storytelling to advocate for workers unions, non-profits, community organizations, and immigration reform initiatives. Sara created her own media platform PopulationMic, which aims on “centralizing information with the goal of decentralizing long-term.”
  • Daphne Frias, 24, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at an early age and has grown up to be a champion for the disabled community. She’s additionally at the forefront of a variety of different social issues such as climate change and gun violence.
  • Greisy Hernandez, 18, is a mental health activist and speaker who passionately advocates for mental health awareness + breaking the stigma. She founded Las Chicas Chulas, a collective and clothing brand, she empowers young Latinas to embrace their roots and make a change in their community.
  • Ramon Contreras, 20, co-founded Youth Over Guns, an organization dedicated to bringing awareness to gun violence in black and brown communities.
  • Helena Gualinga, 20 is an environmental and human rights activist from the Kichwa Sarayuku community in Ecuador, she co-founded Polluters Out, a youth-led coalition that aims to shape future climate policy.

2. Sit back and relax with a good book by one of these Hispanic authors:

3. Or listen to these podcasts that hold safe spaces for people to share more about their Hispanic experiences:

4. And don’t forget to educate yourself about the culture and experiences of Hispanic people! For example, Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15 because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

5. Finally, if you’re financially able to, consider donating to an organization that supports the Hispanic community:

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