September 15 – October 15, 2021
Esperanza: A Celebration of Our Heritage and Bold Future
Each year across the U.S., people observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the rich histories, art, stories and cultural contributions of those whose ancestry can be traced back to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The month begins September 15 because that is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18.
Throughout Hispanic Heritage Month, UTSA will showcase community leaders, faculty, staff and students around significant themes in Latinx culture. During these challenging times with the ongoing pandemic, racial unrest and political divide, UTSA’s celebration will focus on hope and resilience mirroring the national theme for this year. Roadrunners will celebrate the month with this guiding theme: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Our Heritage and Bold Future.” It’s an encouragement not just to look back and celebrate the past, but to honor the journey that now paves the path to an exciting and bold future.
UTSA is proud to present Janie Barrera, President and CEO of LiftFund, as keynote speaker for the university's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Ms. Barrera's presentation will be followed by a live chat Q&A session.
A panel discussion with the women of the Raza Unida Party. In a discussion about the Chicano right movements of the '60s and '70s, women are often overlooked. This panel will feature four women who were instrumental in bringing about political change to Texas and US.
Movie & Discussion
Nominate a Student
Please consider nominating a student for the Outstanding Latinx Student Award! One student will be selected during Hispanic Heritage Month who has demonstrated leadership and advocacy to the Latinx community. Nominations due by Oct. 1st, 2021.