Hispanic Heritage Month
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
Jean Ann Miller
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
Disability Support Services
Student Affairs Information Technology
Golden Key International Honour Society
Center for Student Activities
Hispanic American Leadership Organization
Oakland University Student Congress
Oakland University Student Program Board
Department of Art and Art History
Department of Political Science