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Latinx/o/a Heritage Month: A Letter to the Community

September 16, 2019

Dear Campus Community:

Every year from September 15 through October 15, people in the United States celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. At Gallaudet, our celebration of the histories, cultures, and contributions of Latinx Americans during this period is uniquely enhanced by the infusion of Deafcentric perspectives.

The observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month first began under President Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1968, when it was known as Hispanic Heritage Week. The week was expanded by President Ronald W. Reagan in 1988 to cover the current 30-day period.

September 15 is a significant day for Latinx populations because it is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Gallaudet has planned several activities and events. In addition, many events and activities are scheduled in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. I strongly encourage members of our community to attend these events. A few highlights:

1. Turn-a-Page-Together (TAPT): This is a cornerstone program of Cross-Campus Multicultural and International Student Programs. TAPT will be held on Wednesday, September 25 to November 20, 2019, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the I. King Jordan Student Academic Center, Sprint Multipurpose Room (JSAC-MPR).

The TAPT program is a multicultural book club offered each semester, and it is open to students, faculty, and staff. It is also an opportunity for participants to share their diverse views and to experience thought-provoking books through discussion. This program will provide three different books on diversity; the book relevant to National Hispanic Heritage Month is “Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel,” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras. 

Participants will receive a free book and free lunch from the Marketplace each week. Advance registration is required by September 20! Please go to the registration form and fill it out.

2. Fiesta “Coming Together” on Tuesday, October 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at JSAC-MPR. We are bringing Latinx/o/a student organizations together to celebrate diverse Latinx/o/a cultures on campus. This event will feature music, dancing, dance lessons, food from different countries, and games like Loteria, Pin the Flag on the Country, and Musical Chairs.  

3. The Latinx Student Organization (LSU) and Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of the Metropolitan D.C. Area (LDHHAMDC) will host different events as well. We encourage you to experience as many of these programs as you can to increase your knowledge and enrich your worldview. For more information, navigate to:  

Please join me in extending warmest wishes to the community for a successful celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.


Elavie Ndura
Vice President, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Posted by Andrew Greenman | Posted September 16, 2019 at 12:31 PM


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