Each year, between September 15th and October 15th, the nation celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, and we are reminded that the American identity is a fabric of diverse traditions and stories woven together. From its inception, our nation has drawn strength and insights from Hispanic writers, scientists, soldiers, doctors, entrepreneurs, academics, and leaders in labor and government, and our culture has been enriched by the vibrant rhythms, art, literature, gastronomy, and creativity of the Hispanic peoples.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we reaffirm that diversity is one of our greatest strengths, and with rising population growths, increasing political representation, and economic success, Hispanics have undeniably proven themselves as positive contributors to the country. This year’s theme “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America” highlights those contributions to acknowledge the crucial role that Hispanics play in shaping the future our country and the world, and to celebrate and recognize Latines as employees, suppliers, consumers, and community.

Hispanic and Latine communities have overcome and persevered through a challenging and often contentious American history and continue to make strides and prosper through hard work and determination. Meanwhile, Hispanic and Latine activists have worked tirelessly to advocate for civil and human rights, ceaselessly supporting the fight for justice, diversity, inclusion, and belonging for all. Significant civil rights movements have touched on issues such as citizenship status, workers rights, education, healthcare, housing, and other initiatives. Their struggles are collectively ours as well, and we honor the Hispanic and Latine communities for their strides toward a more equitable society for all.

Therefore, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, on behalf of Old Dominion University, recognizes September 15th through October 15th as HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. In doing so, we encourage the Monarch community to participate in celebration, and we call this observance to the attention of the university. Please visit the Office of Intercultural Relations to view all events commemorating the month. Also, check out the Hispanic Heritage Month Briefing Book, a tool kit provided by the Hispanic Star.