National Latinx Heritage Month runs from September 15 through October 15. The month was first proclaimed in 1989 and recognized the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the United States' history, culture, and achievements. At IU, Latinx Heritage Month continues despite many students and faculty working virtually.
"National Latinx Heritage Month programming represents various partnerships among campus units, nonprofit organizations, student organizations, and the city. This variety can provide a diverse number of program topics and educational experiences," Lillian Casillas, director of La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, said.
During the month, La Casa provides a wide variety of virtual events available to those wishing to celebrate Hispanic Americans and their cultures. During September, events included an evening with National Book Award-winning author and Carnegie Medal recipient Elizabeth Acevedo, a discussion on the work-life post-COVID-19, and film screenings.
Upcoming events include a Dialogue on Racism & Colorism in the Latin Community on October 12, a discussion on quinceañera cultural traditions among diasporic Latinx communities on October 14, and a Latinx Leadership and Service talk on October 15.
Additionally, the Latino Initiative and the Latina Initiative allow Hispanic men and women to cultivate connections with each other and the IU Bloomington community and provide personal and academic development opportunities. The Lantinx Initiative group offers a safe space for LGBTQ+ Latino students, faculty, and staff from all campus areas. Through meaningful interactions, the effort strives to be a conduit for LGBTQ+ Latinos in the Indiana University community to develop a support system, have fun, and explore opportunities to educate, advocate, and grow.
For a full list of heritage month events, please click here.