Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

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Why Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month?

The observance of Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. However, its roots date back to 1968 when President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the first Hispanic Heritage Week. Each year, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. September 15 is a ceremonial day in Latin America because it marks the independence day of five Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua.

Schedule of Events

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Tuesday, September 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff
Student Union Plinth
Celebrate Hispanic culture with the Multicultural Center! Enjoy great food and live entertainment from the Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company. Come and find out information about upcoming events during Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Tuesday, September 22 @ 8:00 p.m.

Film Screening: McFarland, USA
FO 2.102
The Multicultural Center has teamed up with Meteor Theater to show the film McFarland, USA. The film tells the story of a Latino high school Cross-Country team that develops into one of the best Cross- Country teams in the state. Based on a true story.

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Wednesday, September 23 @ 8:00 p.m.

Dance Workshop: Bachata Night
Founders 1st Floor Atrium
Join SPYCD (So You Pretend You Can't Dance) for an evening of instruction in "Bachata" dance style. You don't want to miss it!

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Friday, September 25 @ 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Diversity Lecture Series: Salsa, Soul & Spirit: Diversity as a Leadership Opportunity
Clark Center (CN 1.112)
Get ready to embrace diversity as an opportunity to grow, be proactive and become a more effective leader. "Salsa, Soul and Spirit" invites people to be part of our multicultural future and to join the dance of our global community.

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Thursday, October 1 @ 7:00 p.m.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: Game Night
Student Union Galaxy Rooms
Join various student organizations and the Multicultural Center in celebrating Latino culture at the annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Festivities include live music, authentic Latin cuisine and various games from Central & South America.

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Tuesday, October 6 @ 5:00 p.m.

Call Me Latino
Green Hall (GR 3.420)
Many people use "Hispanic" and "Latino" as interchangeable words. They’re not. Join us for a panel discussion with students, faculty & staff over these terms and implications of using them.

Dance Workshop: Cumbia Night

Wednesday, October 7 @ 8:00 p.m.

Dance Workshop: Cumbia Night
Founders 2nd Floor Atrium
Join SPYCD (Stop Pretending You Can't Dance) for an evening of instruction in "Cumbia" dance style. You don't want to miss it!

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Friday, October 16 @ 7:00 p.m.

Bailando con las Cometas
Founders Building 2nd Floor Atrium
Join the Multicultural Center and SPYCD for an exhibition of various Latin dances. In addition, participants from the month's earlier lessons will be on showcases. A salsa lesson will be held in addition to the other fesitivites.


Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) at UT Dallas is a collaborative effort between students, staff and faculty here at the university. The Multicultural Center is thankful for their support. The following are cosponsors & collaborators for HHM 2015:

  • Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
  • Mexican American Student Association
  • Office of Diversity & Community Engagement
  • Omega Delta Phi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity, Inc.
  • Sigma Lambda Gamma Sorority, Inc.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • Stop Pretending You Can't Dance (SPYCD)
  • Meteor Theater

For more information, please contact Bruce August at 972-883-6390 or bruce.august@utdallas.edu.

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month. (wikipedia)

Latin Country Flags and Independence Dates.(pdf)

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