Sept 16

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

The recognition of contributions from the Hispanic community began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 during President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, but in 1988 was later turned into a 30-day (September 15th – October 15th) celebration and enacted into law during President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

Understanding the difference between “Hispanic” and “Latino”.

While the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” have historically been confused and interchangeable for most, there is a difference in who the terms represent. For instance, the term “Hispanic” typically refers to people with origins from Spanish-speaking countries, including Spain. While the term “Latino” describes people originating from Latin America, regardless of their native language.

How can you honor the occasion?

  • Support and patron a Hispanic-owned business
  • Volunteer with organizations in your local area that are dedicated to helping the Hispanic community
  • Look for community events that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your local area


Dr. Jermain Cooper (He/Him/His)

Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Opportunity | Midwives College of Utah
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