Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off

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Get ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Pitt with a series of special virtual events from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Events like a virtual Latin dance workshop, a town hall highlighting the impact of COVID-19 on the U.S. Latinx population and a cooking demonstration and history lesson on rice and beans will be offered throughout the month.

At noon on Wednesday, Sept. 16, log on to  “What Does It Mean To Be Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x in the United States?," which will feature remarks from Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Clyde Pickett, Pitt’s new vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion.

Also of note this year is a virtual Hispanic Heritage Month Artifact Showcase. All members of the regional community are invited to submit artifacts relevant to aspects of their Hispanic/Latina/o/e/x racial, ethnic and cultural identity. Some ideas for inspiration include poems, songs, dance, recipes, art, photographs, narratives and souvenirs. Submitted artifacts will be displayed in an online gallery and on University social media channels throughout Hispanic Heritage Month. Learn more and submit an artifact.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hispanic Heritage Month is the culmination of a widespread planning effort throughout the University and beyond. The committee was chaired by Gina Garcia, associate professor in the School of Education, and the Latino Student Association (LSA) and co-hosted by the Hispanic Latinx Professional Association, Latin American Graduate Organization of Students, Center for Latin American Studies, Student Affairs, Hillman Library, School of Education, Graduate School of Public Health, Carnegie Mellon University and others. Programming for the month reflects LSA’s four core principles: cultural, educational, social and advocacy.

View the schedule for the entire month of celebrations.