Hispanic Heritage Month photos

Hispanic Heritage Month

About HHM

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a national recognition of the culture, contributions and heritage of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

It is a long-standing tradition at Oakland University to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month during the month of September to celebrate the history, politics and culture of Hispanic people, locally and globally.


2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

Karen Angeles
Hispanic American Leaders Organization
Terry Beltran
Beltran Media
Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo
Assistant Professor, Spanish
Anders Engnell
Oakland University Student Congress
Jean Ann Miller
Center for Student Activities
Laura Montoya-Trujillo
Spanish Club
Cecilia Saenz-Roby
Associate Professor, Spanish

2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

Center for Multicultural Initiatives
Center for Student Activities
Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
School of Education and Human Services
School of Nursing
Student Affairs Information Technology
University Housing
Golden Key International Honour Society
Hispanic American Leadership Organization
Oakland University Student Congress
Oakland University Student Program Board
Spanish Club