Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx History MonthDownload Latinx Heritage Month Virtual Background

Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) is a celebration and recognition of the many achievements and contributions of the Latinx community. The term “Latinx” is a gender-inclusive alternative to Latina and Latino that includes nonbinary and non-gender conforming folks in the community.

Language of identity is personal: Latinx or Hispanic?

Although the month is recognized nationally as “Hispanic Heritage Month” we choose to highlight and focus on the Latinx communities from Mexico, Central, and South America as well as some Caribbean countries. While “Hispanic” holds a very positive self-identity for some, others see it more as a term applied to them, not of their own choosing. In fact, the term “Hispanic” was coined by Richard Nixon in an attempt to unify Spanish-speaking countries but did not consider how that highlights the colonization of the Americas by identifying a group with the language of their colonizer (Spain). In this, it also excludes Latin American countries like Brazil, whose official language is Portuguese, and erases the hundreds of indigenous groups throughout Latin America who have preserved their native languages. Similarly, the term “Latinx” is not the chosen term for many. What words do you use to describe your identity?

Community Spotlight

What is Afro-Latinx?

Afro-Latinx: Latin Americans who are of mainly or significantly or mainly African ancestry. Latin Americans of African ancestry may also be denoted by the prefix "Afro-" plus a specific nationality, such as Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, or Afro-Haitian.

Zoe Saldana
(Dominican/Puerto Rican)
Actress most famously known for her role in Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy

Victor Cruz
(Puerto Rican American)
Former NFL football player for the NY Giants

Lupita Nyongo’o
Famously known for her roles in 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther

Pop Smoke
Former Rapper/ Singer/Songwriter

Learn more key facts about Latinx people here!

Equity Events and Programs

Womxn of Color Collective (WOCC)Womxn of Color Collective (WoCC)
Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 – 5 pm
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Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 3:30 - 5 pm
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DREAM Scholars: Monarch NightDream Scholars: Monarch Nights
Meets the first Wednesday of the month from 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Registration Required »

LatinxLatinx Club
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 2 - 3 pm
Registration forthcoming.

Undocument StudentsSave the Date: Undocumented Student Action Week
October 18-22, 2021

Access Anytime: Art, Culture, Learning and More

Latinx Related IVC Courses

  • ETHN 10 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • HIST 23 – History of California
  • HIST 30 – History of Ethnicity and Culture in the United States
  • HIST 33 – The History of the Mexican American People
  • SOC 20 – Race and Ethnic Group Relations
  • LIT 46 – Ethnicity and Literature of the United States
  • COMM 9 – Intercultural Communication
  • HLTH 6 – Health and Social Justice

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Community Resources & Businesses to Support