Hispanic Heritage Month

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Published September 15, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month, recognized annually from September 15 to October 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of individuals and communities whose ancestry traces back to Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.  

Featured Events

The Intercultural and Diversity Center is proud to present Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us for an opportunity to highlight individuals and communities and their contributions to history, culture, and society.

September 19: Tough Topics: Origination of the term “Latinx” 
3-4 p.m., SU 240 & Online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram)

As society evolves, so too does our language, and the emergence of "Latinx" has sparked intriguing conversations about inclusivity and gender-neutral terminology. This term, intended to be more inclusive, challenges traditional gender binaries and aims to create a safe space for individuals of Latin American descent. Join us to discuss the history surrounding the adoption and usage of the term "Latinx” and its impact on identity and representation.

September 20: Hispanic Heritage Month Mixer 
3-5 p.m., 240 SU Lobby

Join us as we kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) with a student mixer! Indulge in cultural food, drinks, music and games! This mixer provides an opportunity to connect students, staff, faculty, and students alike from across the campus. Through a celebration of culture attendees will enhance cultural awareness and sense of belonging.   

September 21: Hispanic Heritage Month at Jacobs School
5-8:30 p.m.
Location: Dozoretz Auditorium Room 2220 (955 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14203)

Intro ceremony to present Latin-American culture and celebrate Latin-American heritage. Ethnic food, music and dances will be featured in this event organized by the Latino Medical Student Association. Free and open to the public.

September 22: El Batey on South
6-8 p.m.
Location: Goodyear X

Our local Puerto Rican community center, El Batey, will be hosting performances to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. They will also be doing a workshop of drums and teaching lessons on the Afro-Puerto Rican culture. We will also have local Buffalo foods from Hispanic restaurants.

September 22: Fleek Fiesta
6-9 p.m.
Location: Creekside Community Building 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Creekside & Flickinger Reslife staff! We'll have activities (trivia, crafts like papel picado, dominos) and food from local vendors like la casa de sabores and sabores de mi terra!

September 22: Salsa with LALSA
7-9:30 p.m.
Location: Andale Cantina (6850 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14221)

No experience necessary! This event helps to support the success of Latine Law Students. Help us to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month! RSVP so we can have enough Nachos! https://forms.gle/6K71gaigP6AjLY589

September 26: Tough Topics: Navigating Queerness in the Latinx Community
3-4 p.m., 240 SU or on zoom: bit.ly/IDCProgram

Navigating a queer identity while upholding contradictory cultural values can be difficult. You’re invited to join the conversation this week as we discuss queerness within the Latinx community. 

September 27: Hispanic Heritage Month Dessert Hour  
3-5 p.m., 240 SU

Join us in the IDC for our monthly Dessert Hour! Have a ‘flantasic’ time with us while enjoying desserts from diverse Latine cultures. Stop by to learn about influential people and events in Latine history! 

October 3: Tough Topics: Colorism and Antiblackness in the Latinx Community 
2-3 p.m., 240 SU and Online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram)

Longstanding coloristic practices continue to perpetuate hate and privilege within the Latinx community. Join us for a discussion on the ongoing issue of colorism in the Latinx population, race relations, and international beauty standards.

October 5: Movie Night: In the Heights
7-9 p.m., 240 SU

Continue celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a Movie Night in the IDC! We are watching In the Heights: a story of neighbors living in northern Manhattan striving for dreams of better lives before realizing... there's no place like the Heights!

October 8: Festival Del Cuatro Puertorriqueno
2:00 p.m.
Location: The Buffalo History Museum, 1 Museum Ct. Buffalo, NY

Welcome to the Puerto Rican Cuatro Festival! This event is a celebration of the culture and music. For more details, visit:  https://facebook.com/events/s/festival-del-cuatro-puertoriqu/797393241986548/ 

Hosted by: Hispanic Heritage Council

October 20: Latin American Student Association (LASA) 19th Annual Heritage Banquet 
7-11 p.m.
Location: Buffalo Marriott Niagara (1340 Millersport Hwy. Buffalo, NY 14221)

Join the Latin American Student Association in celebrating our culture with music, dance, and food at our Annual Banquet

Hosted by: Latin American Student Association


September 15: Hispanic Music Spotify Playlist
Stop into SU 240 to listen, relax and enjoy some Hispanic music that will be running throughout the day or listen here at your convenience.

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