Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
(location map)
(248) 370-4404

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m
Wednesdays with extended hours: 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Image of Bryan Munoz, looking at camera with hispanic heritage posters around him.

Hispanic Heritage Month


Monday, September 16 | Lunes 16 de Septiembre

Opening Ceremony
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms A/B/C | Noon – 1 p.m.
Presentation: The Many Faces of Nora Mendoza
Guest Speaker: Nora Mendoza, latino artist – founder of “galera mendoza” and co-founder of “nuestras artes de michigan.” Nora’s work is now included in the “American Art Archives” in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.

Workshop: Featuring Instruction to Create a Painting with Nora Mendoza
Oakland Center, Gold Room A | 2 – 4 p.m.
No experience necessary. Limited seating.
*This event is for OU students only.
Sponsored by: Modern Languages and Literature

Tuesday, September 17 | Martes 17 de Septiembre

Featured Film – “La Soledad”
Oakland Center, The Habitat | 5 p.m.
Join us at the habitat for screening of the 2016 film La Soledad, “a vivid and intimate account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggle of a young father trying to save his family from the demolition of their home.” After the film, director: Jorge Thielen Armand will video conference in to have a discussion with attendees.
Sponsored by: Modern Languages and Literature

Thursday, September 19 | Jueves 19 de Septiembre

Featured Film – “Roma”
Oakland Center, The Habitat | 7 p.m.
Join us at the habitat for screening of the 2018 award winning film, Roma, featuring a year in the life of a middle-class family's maid in Mexico City in the early 1970s.
Sponsored by: Student Program Board and Student Video Productions

Saturday, September 21 | Sábado 21 de Septiembre

Community Service Project at Hispanic Outreach Center
Meet at the Hispanic Outreach Center, 76 Williams, Pontiac, MI | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Work alongside Hispanic Outreach Center students and mentors to prepare their facility and grounds for the Fall. Lunch provided!
Sponsored by: Golden Key International Honour Society and Office for Student Involvement

Monday, September 23 | Lunes 23 de Septiembre

Panel on the Current Situation in Venezuela
Oakland Center, Gold Room A | 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Moderator: Angela Milliken
Gregory Wilpert - Writer and Co-Founder of
Alfredo Navarro Toledo - President of Venezuelans United in MI
Raul Romero - Venezuelan Activist

Friday, September 27 | Viernes 27 de Septiembre

Quinceñera/Golden Grizzlies Friday Night Out
Oakland Center, Founders Ballrooms A & B | 6 – 10 p.m.
Join us as we host a Quinceñera sponsored by OU Credit Union to kick off our new Golden Grizzlies Friday Night Out Series. Celebrate alongside a local family who is sharing their daughter’s special day as she turns 15.
Sponsored by: OU Credit Union, Office for Student Involvement, Center for Multicultural Initiatives

Wednesday, October 2 | Miércoles 2 de Octubre

Featured Film – “Skate Kitchen”
Oakland Center, The Habitat | 7 p.m.
Join us at The Habitat for screening of the film Skate Kitchen, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The movie tells the story of a teenaged skateboarder who makes friends with a group of other skateboarding girls in New York City
Sponsored by: Oakland University Student Congress

Friday, October 4 | Viernes 4 de Octubre

Careers and Culture
Oakland Center, Ambassador Rooms A/B (157/158)| Noon – 1 p.m.
Join for a talk and workshop featuring professionals from Sherwin Williams and OU Career Services who will discuss and model the ways to highlight language and culture during the job search process.
Sponsored by: Sherwin Williams, OU Career Services

Wednesday, October 9 | Miércoles 9 de Octubre

Hispanic Heritage Month Hump Day
1st floor, Human Health Building | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Sponsored by: Student Program Board

Wednesday, October 9 | Miércoles 9 de Octubre

Book Club Discussion
Oakland Center, Gold Room A/B/C | Noon – 1 p.m.
Book: “Poet X” by Elizabeth Acavedo
Join us for a discussion on the HHM featured book club pick.
Sponsored by: Gender and Sexuality Center

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.


2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

  • Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Modern Languages & Literature, Spanish, Assistant Professor
  • Isaias Cruz, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, President
  • Kevin Edgell, Spanish Club, President
  • AuJenee Hirsch, Student Program Board, Diversity Director
  • Amy Joa, Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Retention Coordinator
  • Rebecca Mercado Jones, Department of Communication and Journalism, Communication, Assistant Professor
  • Jean Ann Miller, Center for Student Activities, Director
  • Angela Milliken, Modern Languages and Literature, Spanish
  • PJ Roberts, Oakland University Student Congress, Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Cecilia Saenz-Roby, Modern Languages and Literature, Spanish, Associate Professor
  • Laurel Schaaf, Corporate and Foundation Relations – DEI Graduate Assistant
  • Austin Wayne, Sigma Delta Pi, President
  • Grace Wojcik, Gender and Sexuality Center, Coordinator

2019 Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

  • Center for Multicultural Initiatives

  • Oakland University Student Congress

  • Office for Student Involvement

  • Hispanic American Leadership Organization

  • Oakland University Student Program Board

  • Spanish Club

  • Sigma Delta Pi

  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

  • Oakland University Credit Union

  • Golden Key International Honour Society

  • Gender and Sexuality Center

  • Sherwin Williams