Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)
North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
(248) 370-4404

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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.


2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

Terry Beltran
Beltran Media

Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo
Assistant Professor, Spanish

Sean Foe
Oakland University Student Program Board

Amy Joa
Center for Multicultural Initiatives

Nicole Lucio
Center for Multicultural Initiatives

Jean Ann Miller
Center for Student Activities

Laura Montoya-Trujillo
Spanish Club

Ahmed Naseem
Oakland University Student Congress

Cecilia Saenz-Roby
Associate Professor, Spanish

Yeriko Vargas
Hispanic American Leaders Organization


2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

Center for Multicultural Initiatives

School of Engineering and Computer Science

Writing and Rhetoric Department

School of Education and Human Services

Integrated Studies

Disability Support Services

Student Affairs Information Technology

University Housing

Golden Key International Honour Society

Center for Student Activities

Hispanic American Leadership Organization

Oakland University Student Congress

Oakland University Student Program Board

Spanish Club

Department of Art and Art History

Department of Political Science