Hispanic Latin(x/e) Heritage Month (HLHM), also known as National Hispanic Heritage Month, is observed from September 15 through October 15 each year. This month celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans with ties to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central/South America. Started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson, President Ronald Reagan expanded the observance to a 30-day period in 1988.
Significantly, some independence day celebrations fall within this 30-day window: Costa Rica (September 15); El Salvador (September 15); Guatemala (September 15); Honduras (September 15); Nicaragua (September 15); Mexico (September 16); and Chile (September 18).
To recognize and celebrate this month, CEHHS created a curated list of resources centering Hispanic Latin(x/e) voices and stories. We organized these resources into several categories to focus on the unique experiences of the broad community. These resources are available through the UT Library and online.
Hispanic, Latin(o/a), or Latin(x/e)?
Hispanic, Latin(o/a), and Latin(x/e) all refer to the ethnicity and culture of people celebrated during HLHM. Each holds a distinct significance and unique meaning.
Hispanic typically refers to a person who descended from a Spanish-speaking population or speaks Spanish. This identity centers the language identity rather than geographical location.
Latin(o/a) instead refers to geographical culture, describing individuals who are from or descended from people living in Latin America.
Latin(x/e) became an alternative form of Latin(o/a) to be more inclusive and gender-neutral. While Latinx became popular in the 2010s, Latine aligns better with the grammatical format of Spanish, and many Spanish speakers use this term.
Individuals can identify as either, neither, or all of these identities. For example, Chicano (descendants of people from Mexico) could identify with all terms or none based on their cultural experience. Additionally, these terms do not assume race, as these ethnic identifies are inclusive of various racial groups such as Afro-Latines.
- About One-in-Four U.S. Hispanics Have Heard of Latinx, but Just 3% Use It | Article
- On The Census, Who Checks ‘Hispanic,’ Who Checks ‘White,’ And Why | Article
- Latinidad in the US, Latinx, Latina/o, or Hispanic?: Geographies of Oppression, Race, Gender, and Language | Blog Post
- This Comic Breaks Down Latinx vs. Latine for Those Who Want to Be Gender-Inclusive | Article
- The Differences Between the Terms Hispanic, Latino, and Latinx, Explained | Article
- What Is the Difference Between Hispanic and Latino? | Article
Celebrating Hispanic Latin(x/e) Heritage Month
Here you will find some select HLHM events to join in the celebration in the Knoxville area and virtually. You can find additional events under the HLHM tag on the university calendar.
The annual Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (ELPS) Bogue Lecture Series returns this month with College of Education, Health & Human Sciences (CEHHS) alumna Sarah L. Rodriguez (’10) as headliner.
Rodriguez, a graduate of the ELPS College Student Personnel master’s program, will discuss what she’s learned on her leadership journey. Anchored in her research and experiences with STEM education, she’ll share consejos (advice) on leading with authenticity and truth to inspire you to harness your own power and be a source of transformation for your communities.
Event Information: Thursday, September 22 | 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Frieson Black Cultural Center Multipurpose Room
Celebrate Big Orange Welcome and the McClung Museum’s temporary exhibition, The Spirit of Dia de los Muertos, with the beloved film COCO!
Friday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Frank H. McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture
An informative panel event centered around DACA and unDACA disclosures during the job search, knowing your rights, and protecting yourself during the job search process. Co-sponsored by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Office of Multicultural Student Life (MSL) and the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration (CCDAE).
Tuesday, September 20 at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Frieson Black Cultural Center
Join us in celebrating Hispanic Latinx Heritage Month with food, music, and booths from Latin student organizations across campus. Each booth will be representing a Latin American country you can learn more about! Be sure to come check it out to connect and have fun!
Thursday, September 22 at 8 p.m.
Frieson Black Cultural Center, FBCC Plaza
Join the Pride Center for a virtual lecture with Sergio A. Gonzalez, PhD Candidate at Claremont Graduate School, titled, “Let’s Talk about Jotería: the intersections of queerness and Latinidad.”
Wednesday, September 28 at 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Virtual Event – Register at tiny.utk.edu/gonzalez
Hispanic Latin(x/e) Voices
The below resources highlight some of the voices in the Hispanic Latin(x/e) community through different media formats.
An African American and Latinx History of the United States | Physical Book
Latinx: The New Force in American Politics and Culture | Physical Book
Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border | Physical Book
The Latino/A American Dream | Physical Book
Coco | Movie
Craft in America: Borders | Documentary
Frida | Movie
Maria Full of Grace | Movie
Cerámica de los Ancestros – Central America’s Past Revealed | Virtual Exhibition
Library of Congress – Latinx and Chicanx in STEM | Research Guide
Library of Congress – Latinx Resource Guide: Civil Rights | Research Guide
Library of Congress – The PALABRA Archive | Research Guide
Curated September 2021 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS DEI, UT Knoxville | Updated September 2022 by Miranda N. Rutan, Doctoral Student, CEHHS DEI, UT Knoxville