Calendar of Events

Observed from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and honors the rich culture, history, and contributions of Hispanic communities. Originally focused on Spanish-speaking countries due to their independence days coinciding with September 15th, the celebration has since evolved. Southwestern University has expanded the observance to include non-Spanish speaking Latin American nations like Haiti and Brazil, emphasizing the diversity and richness of the Latinx communities. This inclusive approach recognizes unique cultural contributions, languages, and histories, fostering unity, education, and a deeper appreciation for the multifaceted tapestry of Latin American cultures. 

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See below for a list of scheduled events throughout Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month at Southwestern University. 

September 15, 2023

12:00pm-12:30pm | HLHM Kickoff | Bishops Lounge

  • 12:00pm Introductory Remarks | President Laura Skandera Trombley
  • 12:05pm Updates on HSI Initiatives | Dean of Strategic Initiatives Dr. Laura Senio Blair
  • 12:10pm Keynote Address | Olivia M. Travieso ‘07
  • 12:25pm Closing Remarks | Hispanic Student Success Coordinator Amalia Merino

12:30pm-2:00pm | HLHM Cultural Showcase | Bishops Lounge

  • Members from across the SU community have come together to organize a cultural showcase that will provide insights into 24 Hispanic and Latin American cultures, featuring cultural tokens and authentic foods.

7:00pm-9:00pm | Loteria Night | McCombs Ballrooms

  • The Office of Student Activities is organizing this event alongside the student-led Hispanic & Latine Organization (HALO)

September 17, 2023

11:00am-2:00pm | Forces of Nature: Ancient Maya Art Exhibit | Blanton Museum

  • LatinXcel and the JEDI Center are partnering to lead a group of students on a visit to the Blanton Museum in Austin, TX, where they are currently hosting an exhibition of ancient Maya art.


September 20, 2023

12:00pm-1:00pm | Study Abroad in Spain & Latin America Info session | Prothro 233

  • The Office of Study Abroad is hosting a unique information session about the faculty-led study abroad programs presently available for Spain and Latin American countries.


September 21, 2023

5:00pm-6:00pm | Reading While Hispanic | Olin 105

  • The English Department hosts Dr. José Aranda Jr., a renowned scholar in Latin American and Chicanx Studies, as he delves into the impact of literature on his academic journey and its relevance to this cultural celebration.

September 25, 2023

2:00pm-3:15pm | How to Break Into the Theatre Industry | Jones Theatre

  • The Theatre Department and the Center for Career & Professional Development are hosting alumna Marisela Orta (’99), an award-winning Playwright and Poet, who will be sharing valuable insights and advice on how to break into the theatre industry.

3:30pm-4:30pm | Translate Your Artistic Voice Into a Career | Caldwell Carvey Foyer

  • Hear Marisela’s story and learn how to translate your creative passions into a career!

October 1, 2023

1:00pm-5:00pm | Fiesta Georgetown | Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown

  • GTX Connect, Georgetown Health Foundation, and Boys & Girls Club of Georgetown are teaming up to present Fiesta Georgetown, an annual celebration of Hispanic and Latinx culture and heritage. The event will feature performances by the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico and Mariachis, a Piñata contest, a variety of foods and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase, and opportunities to connect with bilingual community outreach organizations.

6:00pm-8:00pm | Movie Night | Olin 105

  • The Spanish Department is organizing a movie night featuring ‘Yuli,’ a film directed by Icíar Bollaín. The movie tells the captivating story of Cuban dancer Carlos Acosta, a legend in the dance world and the first black dancer to perform iconic ballet roles, despite his initial reluctance to dance.

October 4, 2023

5:30pm-7:00pm | Hispanic & Latine Panel | FJS Atrium

  • In celebration of National Hispanic & Latine Heritage Month, the JEDI Center hosts a panel that will feature prominent thoughts of leaders, successful business people, and talented professionals from the Hispanic and Latine communities.
  • Panelists will share their journey to their respective positions and reflect on the personal and professional experiences that have shaped their careers. You will gain insight into how their identities and communities have influenced their paths. Panelists will also share barriers overcome and advice based on experiences. 

October 5, 2023

4:00pm-5:00pm | Tackling Machismo: A Conversation about Mental Health in the Hispanic Community | JEDI Center

  • The Counseling and Health Center is hosting this event, featuring an insightful discussion and Q&A with alum Xavier Vallejo to discuss mental health in the Hispanic community.

October 9, 2023

11:30am-1:30pm | HLHM Loteria for Faculty/Staff | McCombs Ballrooms

  • We invite ALL faculty and staff to join us for a game of Loteria to summarize the celebration of Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month. Bring your own lunch and join us for any of the 4 sessions (11:45am; 12:15pm; 12:45pm; 1:15pm). There will be prizes!

October 11, 2023

6:00pm-7:00pm | Industry Panel | Virtual

  • The Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) is organizing an industry panel aimed at providing valuable insights and guidance for undergraduate students who are exploring their career goals. More details here.