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Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th to October 15th, recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. September 15th was selected as the start of the month because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua all declared independence on that day in 1821. Further, Mexico, Chile, and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21st respectively. 17% of Benedictine University’s student population have self-identified as Hispanic, who represent a large variety of cultures. It is important to recognize the significant impact that our Hispanic students have had on our community as well as after their finish their degrees at BenU. Be sure to watch your Ben.edu emails for upcoming events celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, and reach out to the Association of Latino American Students (insert email address) if you would like to participate in their activities.
Here are some upcoming events to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Hispanic Heritage Month Student Panel, hosted by ALAS: Sept. 21, 2021, 12:30pm in KN 162
- ALAS Hosted Movie Night, Sept. 30, 2021
- Free Hispanic Meals, Oct. 19, 2021
- Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought, Dr. Natalia Imperatori-Lee: "Latino/a Theology and the Church in the Third Millennium." Oct. 20, 2021, 7:00pm
- BenTalk on Hispanic/Latinx Issues: Oct. 21, 2021, 12:20pm
- Sugar Skill Decorating, Oct. 26, 2021