Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

authored by Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Fellowship in Equity and Action Jill Rembrandt Calo '85

Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated annually from September 15th to October 15th, is a time to honor and recognize the rich and diverse contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the nation's culture, history, and society. This month-long celebration serves as a platform to embrace the vibrant tapestry of traditions, languages, and experiences that make up the Hispanic and Latino community in the U.S.

Rooted in History

The significance of Hispanic Heritage Month is rooted in history. It begins on September 15th to coincide with the independence anniversaries of five Central American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua—as well as Mexico's independence day on September 16th. Chile also celebrates its independence day on September 18th. By spanning this period, the celebration includes a broad spectrum of Hispanic and Latino cultures.

Moreover, Hispanic Heritage Month serves as an opportunity to address important issues facing the Hispanic and Latino community, such as immigration, social justice, and economic disparities. It encourages dialogue and understanding, fostering unity and inclusivity.

The celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month reminds us of the invaluable role Hispanic and Latino Americans have played in shaping the nation's identity and culture. Their contributions span various fields, including science, politics, sports, entertainment, and more.

Celebrated Community

HB is excited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month within our celebrated community with workshops and performances by Abrepaso Flamenco in each division, a month-long slide projection featuring prominent Hispanic and Latina women developed by Upper School students, and affinity group presentations in the Prime, Middle, and Upper schools.

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