Celebrating Our Diversity: Hispanic Heritage Month Events
By Sheryl E. Taylor
This year’s National Hispanic Heritage Month, “Celebrating the Past, Claiming the Future,” recognizes the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. UHD is celebrating with a plethora of events beginning Sept. 15 and running through Oct. 15.
“Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is a great way for UHD to kick off each Fall semester, offering a unique opportunity to deepen our knowledge of the many ways that the lives, achievements, and stories of LatinX Americans—from newly arrived migrants to those native born—are woven into the fabric of our collective history as Gators, as Houstonians, as Texans, and as Americans,” said Dr. John Hudson, Director of UHD’s Center for Diversity & Inclusion.
According to Hudson, “As campus community members of a Hispanic-Serving Institution, HHM should challenge us to celebrate the multitude of lasting historical and cultural contributions of LatinX people to the U.S. It also challenges us to speak up and to speak out wherever we find LatinX voices, achievements, and contributions remaining unheard, unheralded, and unrecognized. At UHD, Hispanic Heritage is our past, our present, and indeed our future.”
Additionally, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities has announced National Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) week will be observed Sept. 12-16, 2022.
Check out the list of events and plan to attend one or more in honor of this important month-long celebration. Please check times and dates on the UHD Events Calendar closer to each event, as some may change.
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.