Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is back.
Established in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week (yes, it was once only a week) by President Lyndon Johnson, in 1988 President Ronald Reagan turned HHM into the 30 days between September 15 —the day five Central American countries celebrate their independence from Spain; plus don’t forget Mexico’s September 16 independence — and October 15. There is even a public law in the books saying that Americans must recognize this month so that, as the government’s official HHM page describes, we all celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.”
Looking at some of the social media accounts that SDIS monitors and follow we saw the following question posed to audiences: “Let us know what you think about #HispanicHeritageMonth.”
Here are few of the twitter answers that we saw:
• Hate the word His-Panic. Let’s go with “El Mes De Latinos”
• It provides an opportunity to educate others of the richness of our culture and the accomplishments of our gente.
• Whether or not we are born in the USA or in our home country, to be who we are and have culture is always a celebration.
• Que viva Latinos everywhere! We are a great melting pot.
• While we celebrate important public figures, I want to celebrate every day Latinos who live exemplary lives.
• Every day for me is Hispanic Heritage Month
• I do enjoy the events my community puts on. It’s a way to celebrate the diversity among Latinos. That part is authentic.
Not sure what your thoughts are, but we would love to hear from you and invite you to celebrate with us and our UST community this month. Here is the link to events.
Tuesday we started the celebration with the viewing of “Spare Parts”, we promised to post discussion/contemplative questions.
1. What solutions does SPARE PARTS present for helping teenagers excel in school and build healthy friendships? What can we learn from the robotics team about reaching out to at-risk youth?
2. Did SPARE PARTS change the way you see America’s immigration controversy? If you could re-write the nation’s immigration policies, what changes would you make (if any)?
3. Discuss the role of education in society. Manuela tells Joshua Davis that the fees for attending public schools in Mexico were small but sometimes hard to meet. How does a free education contribute to a free society? Should the curriculum include bilingual instruction?
We encourage you to provide your feedback and invite you to join us in the celebration!