Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration that takes place from September 15 - October 15. This month honors and highlights the tremendous contributions and influence of Latinx and Hispanic communities in the United States.
The dates are reflective of the anniversaries and celebrations of the independence of many Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all declared independence in 1821. In addition, Mexico, Chile and Belize celebrate their independence days on September 16, September 18, and September 21, respectively.
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2021 Calendar of Events
Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Celebration
Wednesday, September 15th | 6PM
Union Courtyard, Oklahoma Memorial Union
Join LPS & HASA as we officially kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month at OU! Enjoy free food and beverages with live entertainment by Mariachi Orgullo De América. Interested to get more involved in the community? We will have representatives from the following organizations present to learn more about: Hispanic American Student Association, Latinos Unidos, Latinos Without Borders, Latinx Association of Science and Health (LASH), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).
Selena: A Drag Tribute
Sunday, September 19th | 7PM
Molly Shi Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union
Join LPS, HASA, and LGBTQ+ Programs with the Gender + Equality Center for an evening with Gypsy Rose! Enjoy all the sounds, sights, and dance moves of Selena Quintanilla-Perez through a 4-set Drag Tribute Show and learn more about the intersection between the art of drag and Latinx/a/o identity. Admission is free.
Cafe con Latin America
Wednesday, September 22 | 9AM
Start your day with LPS & HASA for a free cup of coffee. Learn more and taste the flavors of select Latin American coffees and grab a piece of pan dulce to go, while supplies last.
An Evening with Comic & Actor, Gadiel del Orbe
Wednesday, September 22 | 7PM
Meacham Auditorium, Oklahoma Memorial Union
Join the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in collaboration with LPS and HASA for an evening with Gadiel del Orbe (@gadieldelorbe). Admission is free.
Gadiel del Orbe is a Dominican-American comedian, actor, writer/director/producer from New York. He is currently on a Talent Residency at Buzzfeed's Pero Like Channel where his videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views across YouTube and Facebook. He most recently guest starred on the YouTube/BF Vilot series, UNFORTUNATLY ASHLY. Gadiel can be seen around Los Angeles performing standup at places like The Comedy Store and The Ice House, just to name a few. Gadiel is also a proud military veteran, serving in the United States Navy.
Noche de Juegos
Tuesday, September 28th | 7PM
Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center, Pod B
Join the Hispanic American Student Association for their 3rd General Body Meeting for a night full of games and snacks! Enjoy learning about Loteria, Juego de la Oca, Turista Mundial, and Basta while enjoying Fruta Picada and Elotes.
Vota Ya! Con Latinos Unidos
Thursday, September 30 | 11AM - 1PM
Join the Hispanic American Student Association and Latinos Unidos for a voter registration drive and informational! Grab a aguas fresca and candy to go!
Wednesday, October 6th | 6PM
Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center
Join Latino Programs & Services and the Hispanic American Student Association for a Loteria art workshop featuring Dr. Luis Garcia, Assistant Professor of Arts Education at California State University, Sacramento! This arts-based workshop draws on the Latin American game La Loteria to challenge issues of race, class, and gender by drawing on our familial and cultural knowledge.
The activity of this workshop will facilitate a discussion of images in La Loteria, Its History, and issues of race, class, and gender. Dr. Garcia will lead participants in the creation of a Loteria card that uses the occupational knowledge or cultural knowledge as tools to resist the negative imagery that continues to exist in the game.