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Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

Theme – Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation

During the month, COD will explore terminologies and identity awareness associated with cultures of people in America with origins from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. It will be a time of celebration and acknowledgment of contributions and influences that the Hispanic culture has and continues to have on America and the world. Along with terminologies and identity we will further explore topics around LatinX vs Latino(a), Afro-Latinos, and Intersectionality. The month will be geared toward students, while engaging faculty, staff and the community.

Hispanic Heritage Month Event Calendar

Unless noted otherwise all programming is free and open to everyone!

Photo Exhibit

Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation

Images and narratives that represent Hispanic history from the past and those stories making history in the present as seen through the eyes of students.

Expressions competition

Competencia De Expresiones

Submissions closed.

For COD Students, submit an essay, a story, poem, painting, drawing, sculpture, music, video or any other form of expression that reflects the theme: Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.

Hispanic Heritage Month Film Screening and Discussion

Thursday, Sept. 15

Join College of DuPage’s Spanish Language Faculty, and students to view a relevant film on Hispanic culture and share discussion on its impact. The Spanish Faculty will lead the discussion. Light refreshments are scheduled.

Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 Live! Opening Ceremony

Featuring Latinos Unidos and Mariachi Monumental De Mexico

Monday, Sept. 19

Join in a celebration of heritage as we recognize Hispanic/Latino/Latina/LatinX culture. Student club Latinos Unidos (formerly Latino Ethnic Awareness Association) will bring a perspective to the month’s programming. There will be words of welcome from Dr. Diana Del Rosario, Assistant Provost Student Affairs and a music presentation from guest artists Mariachi Monumental de Mexico. Limited free giveaways for students and lunch is scheduled.

Spanish Courses Promotion Day - Open House for Students and Faculty

Wednesday, Sept. 21

COD offers Spanish courses in a variety of formats to meet the needs of its diverse student population. It also offers the opportunity to live and study abroad in Madrid, Spain or San Jose, Costa Rica. Meet faculty, staff and students to learn more about these courses and the people who teach and support them. Also expand your knowledge of Spanish speaking based clubs and organizations at COD.

Latinos Unidos Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Latinos Unidos (formerly Latino Ethnic Awareness Association) is a student run club that values the growth, awareness, and success of our Hispanic/Latino community within and outside of the College of DuPage. Meet the club representatives and learn more about their mission and vision to bring awareness to the Hispanic/ Latin culture at COD!

Hispanic Hertiage Mental Health Forum Tabling Session

Monday, Sept. 26

Stop by the tables with representatives of Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services as they share culturally-competent mental health and personal resources available to help students overcome obstacles and continue their path of success.

A Reggaeton Experience

Thursday, Sept. 29

Reggaeton is a music style from Puerto Rico that was influenced by Reggae en Español in Panama, Hip Hop, Dancehall, Bomba and Plena. It has evolved from dancehall and has been influenced by American hip hop, Latin American, and Caribbean music. Enjoy and learn the about the culture in song and dance. Limited lunch is scheduled.

A Taste of Hispanic Heritage

During the Month of October

¡Ponte Las Pilas! Preparándote Para El Futuro

Thursday, Oct. 6

This discussion led by faculty, staff, and students will create space for the “real talk” of navigating life after COD. We will come together to discuss the process of navigating school, work, the pursuit of higher education, and family dynamics. We will share testimony and wisdom to staying collectively ‘unidos.’ Light refreshments are scheduled.

LatinX Spoken Word Competition

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Students have the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards as they demonstrate their spoken word, rap / hip-hop skills that express the significance of the Hispanic culture. The event will include free giveaways for students and refreshments.

Contact Information

Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CSDEI)
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225E

Elizabeth Gómez de la Casa
Manager, Intercultural and Latino Student Initiatives
Hablo español

(630) 942-3146 

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