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Commemorating Latinx Heritage Month 2021

The UC San Diego Chicanx/Latinx Staff Association, the Latinx Academic Excellence Initiative/Hispanic Serving Institution Workgroup and the Latinx Heritage Month Planning Committee, invite you to commemorate Latinx Heritage Month 2021. This year’s national theme is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.” It is an opportunity to reflect on resilience and hope as well as honor the contributions Latinx/Chicanx people have made and continue to make to the United States.

Latinx Heritage Month, nationally known as Hispanic Heritage Month (Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana), is observed by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of those with ancestry in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Johnson and was expanded by President Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period between September and October. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

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Reconocimiento de Tierra

La comunidad de UC San Diego guarda un gran respeto por la tierra y la cultura original del área donde el día de hoy se encuentra edificado nuestro campus. La universidad está construida en un territorio que no fue cedido por la Nación Kumeyaay. Hoy, el pueblo Kumeyaay continúa manteniendo su soberanía política y tradiciones culturales como miembros esenciales de la comunidad de San Diego. Reconocemos sus importantes contribuciones a nuestra región y les agradecemos su administración.

Land Acknowledgement

The UC San Diego community holds great respect for the land and the original people of the area where our campus is located. The university is built on the un-ceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. Today, the Kumeyaay people continue to maintain their political sovereignty and cultural traditions as vital members of the San Diego community. We acknowledge their tremendous contributions to our region and thank them for their stewardship.

Latinx Heritage Month Commemoration Event

Register below for the LHM 2021 Commemoration Event featuring award-winning community organizer, speaker and activist Rosa Clemente on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from noon - 1:30 p.m. PDT. Rosa Clemente’s talk is one of the many activities and events coordinated to commemorate Latinx Heritage Month. This free event is being held over Zoom.

La Santa Cecilia in Concert

Join Art Power at UCSD for a concert featuring La Santa Cecilia on Thursday, October 14, 2021, from 8-9:30 p.m. PDT. The group draws inspiration from all over the world, utilizing Pan-American rhythms including cumbia, bossa-nova, rumba, bolero, tango, jazz and klezmer music. Their unique sounds and the experience of their colorful, passionate performances continues to captivate both loyal fans and new listeners. Free to students, staff and faculty. Click below for tickets and more information.

Triton Tailgate Concert Featuring Ozomatli

Join us for the Triton Tailgate Concert on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 5-9:30 p.m. PDT, featuring live and virtual entertainment, great music, food and games. We’ll turn it up for our special featured guest, Ozomatli—a high-energy, six-piece band with a dynamic sound infused with Latin, hip hop and rock. It’s the perfect time to reconnect with friends and enjoy a night of Triton fun. For prices and registration click below.

Honoring Latinx Heritage Month

Join UC San Diego to commemorate Latinx Heritage Month. Planned activities will feature free events such as film showings, art exhibits, lectures, entertainment, and more. Events will center on the national theme, which this year is “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope.”


Latino Americans on PBS

Watch Latino Americans, a six part documentary made by PBS featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latino identifying people and more than 500 years of Latino history in the US. The documentary features interviews with Academy, Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Rita Moreno, labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta, Mexican-American author and commentator Linda Chávez, and others.


Support Latinx/Chicanx Students

UC San Diego’s Latinx community is growing and we are making strides investing in the resources necessary for it to flourish. In honor of Latinx Heritage Month, we encourage you to support the key funds that celebrate our Latinx/Chicanx community and moves us closer to our goal of becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Your gift builds a campus where inspiring UC San Diego students achieve their academic and professional dreams, while becoming changemakers in their field.


LHM 2021 Planning Committee

Special thanks to: Mario Garibay (Co-Chair), Frank Silva (Co-Chair), Maddy Agamata, Daniel Alfaro, Gerardo Arellano, Kaitlyn Avila, Beatriz Barron, Roberta Camarena, Robert Castro, Salazar, Frances Contreras, Maruth Figueroa, Ramon Hernandez, Erika Johnson, Oscar Lara, Katherine Levy, Omar Padilla, Jordan Peimer, Claudia Pena, Kenia Quinonez, Nataly Rojo, Amanda Rubalcava, Darlene Schlueter, and Jason Thibodeaux.


ArtPower, Center for Student Involvement, Chicanx/Latinx Staff Association, Chicanx and Latinx Studies Program, Hispanic Center of Excellence, Institute of Arts and Humanities, the Latinx Academic Excellence Initiative (LAEI)/Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Workgroup, UC San Diego Chicanx Latinx Alumni Council, Latino Medical Student Association, M.E.Ch.A., Muir College Student Affairs, Raza Resource Centro, School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships.