National Hispanic Heritage Month is a national recognition of the
culture, contributions and heritage of Hispanic Americans whose
ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South
America. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month
from September 15 to October 15.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of
independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile
celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18,
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under
President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in
1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on
October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
It is a long-standing tradition at Oakland University to recognize
National Hispanic Celebration Month during the month of September to
celebrate the history, politics and culture of Hispanic people, locally
and globally. Hispanic Celebration Month 2013 has concluded. If you are
interested in being part of the planning process for Hispanic
Celebration Month 2014, please contact the CMI office.