From mid-September through mid-October, SMU joins the nation in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions, culture and heritage of Hispanic Americans.
Hispanic Heritage Month was first approved in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as a 7-day observation. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the recognition to cover a 30-day period. Coinciding with independence anniversaries of seven Latin American countries, Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 15 and is celebrated through Oct. 15.
SMU kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month with Viva America on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Van Meter Performance Plaza outside of Mustang Band Hall. Co-hosted by SMU Multicultural Student Affairs and College Hispanic American Students, Viva America is an outdoor festival celebrating all Hispanic cultures. Beginning with a flag ceremony, the festival also includes a DJ, live cultural performances, Latin food, aguas frescas and dancing.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact SMU Multicultural Student Affairs.
Additional activities celebrating Hispanic heritage, culture and contributions include:
- Sept. 23: Voter Registration: The Sleeping Giant (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)
- Sept. 28: Fiesta Latino Americano (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
- Oct. 4: Service Day (TBA)
- Oct. 10: LULAC in the Community (TBA)
- Oct. 22: Cesar Chavez Movie (7:30 p.m.)
- Oct. 26: La Familia Luncheon (1 p.m.)