Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th-October 15th where Hispanic American culture and contributions are celebrated and honored. This celebration began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson and later extended to a month-long observation in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan.

Notable Fact: The celebration begins on September 15th because it is the day when Latin American countries Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Guatemala gained their independence. Additionally, Mexico and Chile achieved their independence days later.

Many events and celebrations are being organized at the Rutgers New Brunswick campus. Douglass College, the Rutgers Cultural Center, and other student organizations will kick-off Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month on Friday, September 16th at the Jameson Courtyard at 1:30pm. Please see below for more information about this event and other special events throughout the month.

  • Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, September 16th at 1:30pm in the Jameson Courtyard, Douglass Campus. Free food, games, student involvement fair, and a free concert. For more information, click on the link: HLHM.
  • "Celebrando Nuestras Raices" is an event sponsored by the Latino Student Council on Sunday, September 25th at 2:00pm. Click HERE to learn more and register.
  • "Implementation Science from an Intersectionality Approach: Lessons learned from the Caribbean” with Marizaida Sanchez. To register for this meeting, click HERE.
  • Conference: 1522: Exploring Indigenous Perspectives on the Post-conquest Years in Mexico. Rutgers has invited six young Mexican Indigenous scholars who are passionately dedicated to preserving their people’s past and protecting their futures. For more information, please visit the CLAS EVENTS page.