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.
Friday, September 19 – Wednesday, October 24
Hispanic Celebration Month Poster
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 | VIERNES 19 DE SEPTIEMBRE
KICK OFF EVENT: ISLAND FESTIVAL
Join us for an amazing experience as we bring the islands to you. There will be exotic performances, awesome food, and fun to be had by all!
NORTHSIDE OF THE OAKLAND CENTER | 8PM – 11PM
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 | LUNES 22 DE SEPTIEMBRE
OPENING CEREMONY: CHILDREN CROSSING FRONTIERS
Guest Speaker: Dr. Emmett Lombard, Associate Professor of Political Science at Oakland University
Professor Lombard will discuss the factors driving Central American children to the U.S. border and consider alternative solutions. The presentation will be very helpful to get a better comprehension of these complex and fast changing issues.
FIRESIDE LOUNGE, OAKLAND CENTER | 12PM – 1PM
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 | JUEVES 25 DE SEPTIEMBRE
CHRONIC ILLNESS MANAGEMENT FOR HISPANICS
Guest Speaker: Linda Hunt, professor of Medical Anthropology at Michigan State University
Professor Hunt will present a critique of the overuse of medications for managing high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol in the Hispanic population
HONORS COLLEGE | 3PM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 | SABADO 27 DE SEPTIEMBRE
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT AT HISPANIC OUTREACH CENTER
Work alongside Hispanic Outreach Center students and mentors to prepare their community garden for the fall. Lunch provided with a special appearance from the Grizz! Please sign up at www.oakland.edu/hcmvolunteer.
Meet at the Hispanic Outreach Center, 76 Williams, Pontiac, MI | 9:30AM – 12:30PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 1 | MIERCOLES 1 DE OCTUBRE
PANEL: UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS-ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Moderator: Garret Garcia
Panel participants: Raquel Anderson from Global Detroit, Josue Tellez from Michigan Dreamers for Tuition Equality, and Adonis Flores from Michigan United
A panel discussion featuring first person accounts of obstacles and opportunities facing undocumented immigrants as they seek access to education in the public schools and higher education.
GOLD ROOM B, OAKLAND CENTER | 11:30AM – 1PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3| VIERNES 3 DE OCTUBRE
Join the Hispanic American Leadership Organization to get a taste of Latin American culture. Learn to dance Salsa, Merengue and Bachata. There will be a caricature artist, traditional Latin food, trivia and prizes!
BANQUET ROOMS A & B, OAKLAND CENTER | 7PM – 11PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | MIERCOLES 8 DE OCTUBRE
FIESTA HUMP DAY
Enjoy Mexican cuisine, play games, win free prizes and celebrate the Mexican culture.
FIRESIDE LOUNGE, OAKLAND CENTER | 12PM – 2PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10 | VIERNES 10 DE OCTUBRE
CULTURE & CUISINE
Join us for free food, film and facts! A double feature of Anthony Boudaine's, No Reservations, will be presented by Global Brigades to highlight the culture and food from Panama and Nicaragua.
FIRESIDE LOUNGE, OAKLAND CENTER | 5PM – 7PM
MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 | LUNES 13 DE OCTUBRE
VENEZUELAN POLITICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Guest Speaker: David Smilde, Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations at Tulane University and a senior fellow at the Washington Office on Latin America
Professor Smilde will discuss Venezuelan politics and human rights including the Venezuela Crisis and its transition to socialism. He will also talk about new left governments in Latin America.
GOLD ROOMS B&C, OAKLAND CENTER | 12PM – 1PM
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15 | MIERCOLES 15 DE OCTUBRE
FILM: "CESAR CHAVEZ" (2014)
A biopic about civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez battling social injustice.
LAKE SUPERIOR A, OAKLAND CENTER | 3PM – 5PM
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 | VIERNES 24 DE OCTUBRE
INTERNATIONAL NIGHT WITH A LATIN FLAIR
¡Vamos a celebrar! The OU community is invited to spend an evening sampling international foods while enjoying music, dancing, live entertainment, arts and crafts, and multicultural displays with a Latin emphasis.
BANQUET ROOMS, OAKLAND CENTER | 5PM – 8PM