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.

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Hispanic Heritage Month


Monday, September 17 – Friday, October 19, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month School Supplies Collection

All donations will go to the Hispanic Outreach Center in Pontiac.
Various campus wide drop off locations including 104 North Foundation Hall (CMI) and 49 Oakland Center (Office for Student Involvement). 

Monday, September 17 | Lunes 17 de Septiembre

Opening Ceremony

Jorge Chinea, Academic Director, Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Wayne State UniversityThe situation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, One year later. 
Gold Room b/c, Oakland Center | Noon – 1 p.m.
Modern Languages and Literatures

Wednesday, September 19 | Miércoles 19 de Septiembre

Panel on Hispanic Populations and Politics

Moderator: Angela Milliken
1. Bryan Barnett, major of Rochester Hills
2. Rico Razo, Candidate for State House representative
3. Abril Valdes, Immigrant Rights Attorney, American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
Gold Room A, Oakland Center | Noon – 1 p.m.

Saturday, September 22 | Sábado 22 de Septiembre
Community Service Project at Hispanic Outreach Center

Work alongside Hispanic Outreach Center students and mentors to prepare their facility and grounds for the fall. Lunch provided! Please sign up at
Meet at the Hispanic Outreach Center, 76 Williams, Pontiac, MI | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Golden Key International Honor Society and Office for Student Involvement

Wednesday, September 26 | Miércoles 26 de Septiembre

Hispanic Heritage Month Hump Day

Featuring Don Alberto and the Azteca ceremonial dancers
Presenting Don Alberto and the Azteca Ceremonial Dancers at Oakland University. Performing Pre-Hispanic danzas, students, faculty, and staff will be able to witness a rich cultural representation of ceremonial Aztec dancing. Aztec "Danzas" are a form of communication with creation. That is all around us, and which our forefathers, our "abuelos" have handed down to us. The manner in which these danzas are presented is a way of remembering and honoring our ancestral heritage. Free treats while supplies last. 
The Mall Between North and South Foundation Hall | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Student Program Board, Spanish Club

Saturday, September 29 | Sábado 29 de Septiembre

Trip – Detroit (Mexican-town)

OUSC and SPB will take OU students on a tour of Eastern Market, the Detroit Institute of Ats, and lunch in Mexicantown. Limited space available. 
Student Program Board, Oakland University Student Congress

Friday, October 5 | Viernes 5 de Octubre

College Informational Session for High School Students

This workshop will provide minority high school students with knowledge of the college admission process. Workshop will be provided in both English and Spanish. Individual assistance will be offered to students who want to complete the forms on site and may have other questions about the application process.
Lake Superior, Oakland Center | 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Modern Languages and Literatures

Friday, October 12 | Viernes 12 de Octubre

Book Club Discussion

Book: “Her Body and Other Parties” by Carmen Maria Machado
Join us for a discussion on the HHM featured Book Club pick.
Gold Room B & C, Oakland Center | Noon – 1 p.m.
Gender and Sexuality Center and Department of Communication and Journalism

Thursday, October 18 | Jueves 18 de Octubre

Main Stage – Featured Film – “Coco”

Join us at The Habitat for screening of the 2017 Disney/Pixar film - Coco. 
The Habitat, Oakland Center | 8 p.m.
Student Video Productions & Office for Student Involvement

Friday, October 19 | Viernes 19 de Octubre

Closing – International Night/Quinceñera/Salsa night

Join us as we close out HHM with a Quinceñera to honor our fall semester International Night. Celebrate alongside a local family who is sharing their daughter’s special day as she turns 15. After the Quince, we will keep the celebrations going with Salsa Night where member of the Spanish Club and Hispanic American Leadership Organization (HALO) will help us get a taste of Latin American culture.  Co-sponsored by Ballroom Dance, learn to dance Salsa, Merengue and Bachata.
Gold Rooms, Oakland Center | 6 – 11 p.m.
OUSC, SPB, Spanish Club, Office for Student Involvement, Hispanic American Leadership Organization and Ballroom Dance

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.


2018 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

  • Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Modern Languages & Literature, Spanish, Assistant Professor

  • Isaias Cruz, Hispanic American Leaders Organization, President

  • Falvio Di Stefano, Student Program Board, Diversity Director

  • Nick Garza, Sigma Delta Pi, President

  • 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,

  • Bryan Munoz, Spanish Club, President

  • Destinee Rule, Oakland University Student Congress, Diversity and Inclusion Director

  • Cecilia Saenz-Roby, Modern Languages and Literature, Spanish, Associate Professor

  • Luis Villa-Diaz, Biological Sciences, Assistant Professor


2018 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

  • School of Business Administration
  • Honors College
  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Department of Writing and Rhetoric
  • University Housing
  • Ballroom and Latin Dance
  • Golden Key International Honour Society