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Hispanic Heritage Month
Our History is Your History
Institutional Inclusive Excellence – Student Initiatives observes National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) which celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with Hispanic ancestry.
They include: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, and Venezuela. It also honors seven of our Latin American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September. Que viva!
On September 17, 1968, Congress passed Public Law 90-48, officially authorizing and requesting the president to issue annual proclamations declaring September 15 and 16 to mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Week and called upon the “people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” Our very own Texas State alumnus, President Lyndon B. Johnson, issued the first Hispanic Heritage Week presidential proclamation the same day.
Día de los Muertos
The Day of the Dead (el Día de los Muertos), is a Mexican holiday where families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, drink and celebration. A blend of Mesoamerican ritual, European religion and Spanish culture, the holiday is celebrated each year from October 31- November 2. While October 31 is Halloween, November 1 is “el Dia de los Inocentes,” or the day of the children, and All Saints Day. November 2 is All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead. According to tradition, the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31 and the spirits of children can rejoin their families for 24 hours. The spirits of adults can do the same on November 2.
Somos Tejas State - Hispanic / Latinx Student Support Fund
Fundraising Campaign: September 15 - October 15
Last year we raised almost $3,000. These funds were used to provide direct support to half a dozen students through conference registration fees, flights, and mini-grants. This year Somos Tejas State is focusing on student retention and professional development. It is critical that our student’s basic needs are met so that they can remain and thrive in college. Your generosity will help students access vital resources to be competitive members in the workplace after graduation.