October 3, 2017
Embracing Hispanic Heritage
Message from the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Gloria Aquino Sosa
Dear Saint Mary’s community members,
We are midway into national Hispanic Heritage Month, a celebration of the intersections of history and experiences of Latin@ cultures, including the commemorations of independence for Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. President Lyndon Johnson initiated the observation of Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration in 1988 to 30 days of recognition beginning Sept. 15.
The intersections of identity rolled into the word “Hispanic” include the indigenous peoples who have traversed and resided in multiple continents, and the monarchal colonizers of centuries past. The complex and intertwined heritages of a people whose contributions to civilization are countless, and its representations that exist in so many aspects of our cultures, including language, demonstrate that whatever moniker is used to describe this beautiful populace, resilience and strength are absolutely included in the mix.
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