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Hispanic Heritage Month 2023


Every year from September–October 15, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month, a tribute dedicated to Hispanic/Latine Heritage. During this time, we pay tribute to the rich histories, cultures, and contributions of the Hispanic and Latine community in the United States. 

The observance of Hispanic/Latine Heritage month traces its origins back to 1968 and was officially enshrined into law in 1988. September 15 marks the inaugural day of this annual celebration is rooted in its connection to the independence anniversaries of several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.

As a recently-designated Hispanic Serving Institution, we look forward to participating. This celebration is shared with fellow HSI-designated institutions across the nation to acknowledge and honor the collective efforts of more than 500 HSIs nationwide. These institutions play an invaluable role in educating and empowering Hispanic and Latine college students.

This year's theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month is “Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America”, highlighting the contributions of Hispanics to America’s economic, political, and social growth. For educators, this theme presents an excellent opportunity to celebrate Hispanic heritage both inside and outside of the classroom.

Throughout this month, we will host special programming and events on our campuses. We encourage you to participate and find ways throughout the entire year to support, celebrate, and acknowledge our students, faculty, staff as well as our friends and neighbors who make our greater Hispanic/Latine community such an integral part of our college and our state.

*Events added throughout the month. Please check back for additional events.  

Scavenger Hunt

🗓️ September 15–October 15
📍 All campuses

Check all four campuses to find hidden flyers with details about prominent Hispanic and Latin Americans. Scan the QR code on any flyer to get started. If you succeed in completing at least 50% of the scavenger hunt, you win a prize from Student Engagement (while supplies last)!

Online trivia

🗓️ Thursday, September 21
⏰ 11 am–12 pm
📍 Virtual

Join us for a virtual game of trivia celebrating Hispanic and Latin culture. 

HHM Trivia

🗓️ Monday, September 25
⏰ 11 am–1 pm
📍 Providence Campus Atrium 

Join us for a game of trivia celebrating Hispanic and Latin culture. Prizes will be awarded and light refreshments will be served. 

DEI Council Presents, RI Latino Arts: An Independent Filmmaker’s Journey

🗓️ Thursday, September 28
⏰ 1–2:15 pm
📍 Lincoln Campus Room 1336

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Albert Genao, a Dominican-American independent filmmaker, will be speaking about his journey to build connections with students.

Lily Henley in Concert

🗓️ Thursday, September 28
⏰ 7–9:30 pm
📍 Bobby Hackett Theatre

Join the Rhode Island Historical Society for a night of folk music featuring singer, fiddler, and songwriter Lily Henley. Henley performs in the endangered language of Ladino, which is a fusion of old Spanish with Hebrew, Arabic, and Turkish elements. Henley will be performing original songs from her latest album, Oras Dezaoradas, which carry the hopes and dreams, daily worries, and existential thoughts of the Sephardic people. They tell stories of everyday life, loss, exile, lovers' quarrels, and advice-seeking daughters.

FREE for CCRI students, faculty, and staff
$5 for RIHS Members
$10 for Non-Members

Salsa Lessons

🗓️ Thursday, October 12
⏰ 11:30 am–12:30 pm
📍 Warwick Campus Lower Commons

Practice your salsa dance moves with RI Latin Dance. Light refreshments will be served