Hispanic Heritage Month 9/15-10/15

¿Sabías que hoy se celebra el Día de la Independencia de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua?
¡Feliz mes de la herencia latino-hispana!

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! 

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

As we often say at South Loop, our diversity truly is our greatest asset.  We would like to take this moment to honor our students and families of Hispanic heritage and wish them all a happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!

“You are not lucky to be here. The world needs your perspective. They are lucky to have you.”

– Antonio Tijerino, president and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation