Hispanic / Latinx


Hispanic / Latinx

On September 17, 1968, Hispanic Heritage became officially recognized during the week of September 15, in order to celebrate the achievements of Hispanic Americans, while also garnering more attention for legislative and grassroots efforts to uplift the Hispanic American community. What originally started out as a week of honoring Hispanic Americans has now grown into a month-long celebration of Hispanic and Latinx Americans, signed officially into law on August 17, 1988. (source: United States House of Representatives

Past National Hispanic Heritage Month Themes: 

2018: “Hispanics: One Endless Voice to Enhance Our Traditions”
2019: “Hispanic Americans: A History of Serving Our Nation”
2020: “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future”
2021: “Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope
2022: “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation

Upcoming Events

Hispanic Heritage Month Symposium: Unifying the Information Community
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time
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In October 2021, the SJSU iSchool hosted a symposium on how to better understand and serve our Hispanic/Latinx community, “Making Vital Connections: Understanding and Serving the Hispanic/Latinx Community.” Symposium panelists talked about the importance of incorporating Spanish into outreach services, adding more Hispanic programs and committees into library systems, as well as creating more space for our indigenous community members.

In recognition of the national theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022, the SJSU iSchool will be hosting an EDI Symposium on Tuesday, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time titled, “Unifying the Information Community.” Please join us as we celebrate our keynote speaker, Dr. Romelia Salinas, and our panel of speakers.

Symposium Panelists for 2022 SJSU iSchool Hispanic Heritage Month Symposium:

Library and Information Science Best Practices

Best Practices from “Making Vital Connections: Understanding and Serving the Hispanic/Latinx Community”:

  • Incorporate bookmobiles to Spanish-Speaking Communities
  • Offer Bilingual Handouts
  • Provide English Language Learning Opportunities
  • Incorporate Hispanic Teen Programming and Committees
  • Add more Spanish items to the collections
  • Host Spanish storytime programs

Additional Resources for Best Practices:

Community Profiles

Professional Associations


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