Heritage Programs

Beginning in the early 1900s, specific days and weeks were set aside to honor particular groups in recognition of achievements, struggles, and accomplishments.

About Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of Latin American and Hispanic people in the United States. We celebrate this month at the College in honor of the nationally commemorated Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurs from September 15 to October 15 annually. The heritage month originated with Hispanic Heritage Week by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968, and was later expanded to a 30-day month in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. September is significant to Latinx-Hispanic Heritage Month, as it is the anniversary month of independence for Latin American countries such as Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, in the month of October, Día de la Raza is celebrated on October 12 to honor the Spanish and Latin American cultures that were erased by Spanish and European colonizers.

Calendar of Events

Poetry Slam Night

Saturday, September 16, 2017 • 8:30pm-10:30pm • Roche Dining Commons A
Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities

Poetry Slam Night features poet Carlos Andrés Gómez & Katie Wirsing. Hailed as a “truth-telling visionary” by Brass Magazine and a “lyrical prophet” by the Caymanian Compass, CARLOS ANDRÉS GÓMEZ has been dubbed "a leading voice at the forefront of the oral poetry movement" (The Punch). A former social worker in Harlem and the south Bronx and public school teacher in Philadelphia and Manhattan, Gómez has performed at over 150 colleges and universities and toured across North America, Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa. His poetic topics range from the institutionalized standards of beauty and self hate covertly taught to minorities to Genocide.

POET. ACTIVIST. LIFE LOVER. Katie Wirsing has never been big on small talk. Or backward thinking. Firmly believing the mouth is a speakerbox to whatever makes your heart sing most, she has opera lungs and a getaway car for anyone willing to pick up and move forward. Never afraid of the difficult truths, Katie has toured her way to stages around the world, speaking on issues from gender, love, sexuality, and spirituality to jello wrestling and her ever-hilarious Grandmother.

Keep It Reel Films presents: “Admissions: Student Stories from Undocumented America”

Monday, September 18, 2017 • 4pm-5:30pm • Duffy 149

Admissions is a character driven, feature-length creative nonfiction film exploring the highly personal stories of four undocumented college students: Blanca, Charlie, Viridiana, and Jong Min. Trapped at the intersection of education policy and broken immigration systems, the obstacles these students face—financial, legal and psychological—are presented, demonstrating the dehumanizing effects of marginalization and unequal educational access.

3rd Annual Latinx Heritage Festival

Thursday, October 5, 2017 • 7pm-10pm • Pettit Atrium, Shields Science Center
Sponsored by Mundos Apartes, Tierras Unidas (M.A.T.U.)

M.A.T.U. invites you to take part in this great cultural event to celebrate Latin American and Hispanic culture with your fellow Stonehill peers. Enjoy a festival full of great music, great food, and great fun.