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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

In recognition of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) the Office of Hispanic Initiatives celebrates the University’s diverse and dynamic Latinx community with a series of events focusing on both culture and challenges, while commemorating Latinx Pride.

As Associate Provost for Hispanic Initiatives, Dr. Katia Paz Goldfarb, explains: “This month gives us an opportunity to share, recognize and celebrate de donde venimos y a donde vamos (where we come from and where we are going) as an intrinsic part of the society.”

The theme for Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month 2022 is Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation. 

Check out the full calendar of events below.

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month 2022

  • Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Procession, Flag Raising Ceremony and Reception

    Monday, September 19, beginning at 11:45 a.m. outside of Cole Hall (11:45 – 1:00 pm)

    • Join the Latinx Caucus, the Office for Hispanic Initiatives, LASO (Latin American Student Organization) and other Latinx Greek and student organizations as we march together to the Flag Raising Ceremony near the Student Center.
    • 2022 Flag Raising Photo
      Students, Faculty and Staff at the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Flag Raising 9/19/2022
    • Celebratory reception to follow at the Student Center, Rathskeller.
  • Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Luncheon

    Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Student Center, Formal Dining Room

    • Enjoy a Hispanic/Latinx themed buffet lunch. All are welcome to attend. The cost is $12.90 per person; all forms of payment, including Red Hawk Dollars, are accepted.
    • Co-sponsored by the Latinx Caucus, LASO and the Office for Hispanic Initiatives 
  • LASO General Miembro Meeting (GMM) Fall 2022 Kickoff

    Wednesday, September 21, 3:30 – 5 p.m., Student Center, Red Hawk Nest, Room 126

    • RSVP Today.
    • Join the Latin American Student Organization (LASO) for their first GMM of the semester and learn all about how you can get involved with them this year, hear about their upcoming events and programs, and more! LASO meets weekly on Wednesdays.
    • Hosted by LASO
  • Fireside Chat with Prudential: Being Ambi-Cultural: The New Identity of Hispanics/Latinx in the Workplace

    Thursday, September 22, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Student Center, Ballrooms

    • Registration is required. Register Here.
    • Join Hispanic/Latinx professionals from Prudential for a panel discussion on being ambi-Cultural in the workplace. Recruitment Representatives from Prudential will also be available to answer any questions on internship and career opportunities for Hispanic/Latinx students and alumni and for networking. Light refreshments will be served.
    • Co-sponsored by LASO, the Hispanic/Latinx Alumni Network (HLAN) and the Office for Alumni Engagement
  • “Nos Vemos En El Barrió

    Friday, September 23, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Student Center, Ballrooms

    • RSVP Today.
    • Join in the celebration of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month with LASO as we showcase the cultures of different Latin countries in a diverse, energetic and connected environment through a hands-on, interactive workshop and party. Celebrate with us while enjoying food, music and so much more!
    • Sponsored by LASO
  • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) 2022 Internships Information Session

    Wednesday, September 28, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Online

    • Registration is required. Register Here.
    • HACU will provide information on their Hispanic National Internship Program (HNIP) and paid internship opportunities for 2022.
    • The session will be recorded for those unable to attend.
    • Sponsored by the Office for Hispanic Initiatives
  • Careers in Finance: A Panel Discussion with Citi

    Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m., University Hall, Room 1020

    • Registration is required. Register Here.
    • A panel discussion with Hispanic/Latinx Finance professionals from Citi. Hear about their unique
      career journeys and the diverse opportunities that exist in the financial services sector.
    • Light refreshments will be served.
    • Sponsored by the Office for Hispanic Initiatives
  • “LASO Cerrado”

    Thursday, September 29, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m., Cole Hall, Multipurpose Room 340

  • HISPA Role Model Program Kick-Off and Recruiting Event

    Thursday, September 29, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m., Online

    • Registration is required. Register Here.
    • Join HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students’ Performance and Achievement) at their Kick-Off and Recruiting event themed “UNIDOS: Inspiring Latino Students for a Strong Nation.” The HISPA Role Model Program enables Hispanic professionals to step into classrooms as positive examples for our youth. Guests may attend in-person at Montclair State University (location TBD) or tune into the virtual livestream.
    • Sponsored by the Office for Hispanic Initiatives and HISPA
  • ‘The Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 on the Latinx Immigrant Community’ presented by Professor Mireya Vila-Compte, Public Health

    Monday, October 3, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Cole Hall, Room 340

  • Seats are limited.
    Refreshments and appetizers will be available.
  • Movie Screening and Discussion: Beba

    Wednesday, October 5, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., University Hall, 1060

    • Seats are limited. RSVP Here.
    • Join us for a documentary screening and discussion of Beba, described by IMDb as “a stunning self-portrait, tough, raw, stubborn and powerful “Beba” stares down the curses of her ancestry, probing the psychic wounds she has inherited, while simultaneously embracing the vastness of her multitudes.”
    • Sponsored by the Latinx Caucus in collaboration with the Departments of Psychology, Social Work, Spanish and Latino American Studies, and Child Advocacy
  • ‘Rising Together: Breaking Through Our Cultural Limiting Mindsets to Succeed’ presented by Valeria Aloe 

    Event is postponed to a later date (To be announced)

    • Join us for a dynamic and inspirational conversation packed with transformational personal experiences and insightful research with Valeria Aloe, author of the award-winning book Uncolonized Latinas, founder of the Rising Together Movement and first in her family to access college and corporate spaces. Together, we will take a deep dive into the limiting cultural ways of thinking and behaviors that hold our community back from achieving its highest potential.
    • Book signing to follow presentation with limited copies of the book for sale (Cash and Zelle or Venmo accepted).
    • Co-sponsored by the Office for Hispanic Initiatives, LASO and the Latinx Caucus
  • Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Block Party

    Wednesday, October 12, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m., Student Center, Quad (Rain Location: Student Center, Ballrooms)

    • A fun block party to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month and Montclair State University’s seventh year as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). All are invited to celebrate and meet the various Hispanic/Latinx organizations and departments at the university and enjoy Latinx cultures, food and music.
  • ‘The Benefits and Perils of Black Racial Identity Development among Black Latinxs’ presented by Dr. Jasmin Mena

    Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Online

    • Registration information TBD.
    • Professor Jasmin Mena will discuss the conditions of anti-Black racism that necessitate coping resources such as strong and positive ethnic and racial identities. She will present her research on Black racial identity and associated favorable and unfavorable correlations among Black Latinxs and will suggest avenues for future research.
    • Sponsored by the Multicultural Psychology Scholars (MPS) Organization
  • “Noche de Latinisimo”

    Friday, October 14, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., Student Center, Rathskeller

  • SAVE THE DATE! Homecoming Alumni BBQ with the Hispanic/Latinx Alumni Network (HLAN)

    Saturday, October 29, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    • Pre-Registration Required. Cost is $25.00 per person ($15.00 for children; children under 2 years old receive free admission).
      • Registration includes: 3 food / 2 drink tickets and a $5.00 donation to The Fund for Montclair State. Additional food/drink tickets are available for purchase on the website. (Must be 21+ and provide a photo ID to purchase alcohol)
    • Learn More and Register Today!


Check Out Highlights From Last Year

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Montclair State University kicked off National Hispanic Heritage Month on September 15, 2021.

The celebration kicked off with a flag raising on September 15th celebrating Hispanic/Latinx heritage and hope. Our office worked with campus partners to offer a full calendar of virtual and in-person events for the campus community to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx heritage.

This year’s theme, “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope,” explained by the event’s organizer and LASO Advisor, Carmen Reyes-Cuevas, assistant director for Educational Opportunity Fund Program, “invites us to celebrate Hispanic heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold on to resilience and hope.”

large group of student holding an array of flags from Latin countries

The dates of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15, are significant, as the time period includes independence day celebrations in many Latin American countries, and provides an opportunity for a month-long celebration “inclusive of all the cultures, their dances, their spices, their colors.” said LASO (Latin American Student Organization) President John Jimenez.

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First Hispanic Heritage Block Party held at Montclair State!

This year we closed out Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun outdoor block party on October 13, 2021! For the first time at Montclair State, a block party was held to celebrate Hispanic/Latinx heritage and to commemorate 5 years as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The campus community enjoyed live music from Direct Latin Influence and a student Latin Jazz Band led by Nico Martin, delicious empanadas from the Empanada Lady food truck, dominoes, Zumba and spoken word.

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