Cultural Events

National Hispanic Heritage Month

“Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture. The observance was born in 1968 when Congress authorized the president to issue an annual proclamation designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. Just two decades later, lawmakers expanded it to a month-long celebration, stretching from September 15 to October 15.

“The timing is key. Hispanic Heritage Month  like its shorter precursor always starts on September 15, a historically significant day that marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The designated period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.”

From The American Presidency Project: Proclamation 9927 National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2019: “National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans, who have enriched our culture and society and helped make America into the incredible country it is today. Hispanic-American men and women embody the American values of devotion to faith and family, hard work, and patriotism through their countless contributions as leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and members of our Armed Forces.”

Binghamton University Community Members

in the spotlight

Image: Angel Avila
Angel Avila
Hello everyone, my name is Angel Avila. I am currently a First-Year Graduate Student pursuing my Master’s degree in Business Administration here at Binghamton University. I also attended Binghamton University for my undergraduate studies, where I earned a degree in Mathematics on an Actuarial Science track this past May. I am the new Graduate Assistant for Administration at the Multicultural Resource Center. I am really looking forward to being a valuable resource and inspiration for all students within the multicultural community here in Binghamton for years to come! 

Image: Justine R. Bailey
Justine R. Bailey
My name is Justine Bailey. I am a Latinx woman from Harlem, New York. I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my bachelor of arts in Public Relations and a minor in Human Development from SUNY Oswego. In the fall of 2020, I came to SUNY Binghamton to earn a Master of Science in Student Affairs Administration. I currently hold several positions on campus. First, I am an intern for the Multicultural Resource Center, where I will be helping with programs, so come check us out. Also, I am a proctor at the University Testing Center. I look forward to making a difference within higher education by helping students of color like myself. 

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In The Arts : American Latino Theme Study: Arts

A Panorama of Latino Arts

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by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto

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