At the Dallas Regional Chamber, our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion includes raising awareness of the diverse communities in North Texas. Dallas-Fort Worth has one of the largest Hispanic populations in the United States, and starting today, we are excited to join in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
Spanning from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the contributions and culture of the Hispanic community. The commemoration, which began in 1968, kicks off on September 15 to commemorate many Latin American countries’ independence celebrations. For example, Guatemala and Costa Rica observe their independence from Spain on September 15, while Mexico celebrates September 16. Belize marks its independence from Great Britain on September 21.
This year, the month-long theme is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope, which recognizes the diversity within the Hispanic and Latinx community, while also acknowledging its strength as a whole.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, you can attend festivals, bring guest speakers into your workplace, or support local Hispanic-owned businesses.
More resources and event details:
Read and Watch:
- History.com | Hispanic Heritage Month
- Pew Research Center | Key facts about U.S. Latinos for National Hispanic Heritage Month
- AARP | Hispanic Heritage Month Showcases Pride, Culture and Increased Visibility of Latinos
- Syracuse University | Discovering Intersectionality and Celebrating Hope with Latinx Hispanic Heritage Month
- September 15 | Canto y Grito – Celebrando Nat’l Hispanic Heritage Month
- September 15 | National Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
- September 18 | Latino Heritage Festival – DeSoto
- October 2 | Latinx Pride Fest 2021
Ways to Recognize and Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:
- Host an Event – Host a lunch-and-learn or bring in a speaker focused on Hispanic culture.
- Connect to the Culture – Visit the Latino Cultural Center’s Nuestro Oak Cliff Photography Exhibit or the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Virtual Museum.
- Explore resources – Visit HispanicHeritageMonth.gov or download the Hispanic Star’s Hispanic Heritage Month toolkit for ideas to recognize and celebrate your staff. Another resource is the Diversity Movement’s Hispanic Heritage Month Toolkit that covers the celebration’s history, includes advice from Latinx executives, and gives information on race, ethnicity, and diversity.