Hispanic Heritage Month

WWU has joined a consortium of regional colleges and universities to host a virtual conversation with groundbreaking Latina journalist Maria de Lourdes Hinojosa Ojeda, the host and executive producer of "Latino USA," which more than 20 years ago became one of the earliest public radio programs devoted to the Latino community, as part of the university's celebration of Latinx Heritage Month. Since 1995, Hinojosa has been named three times as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business magazine for her work as a reporter for CBS, NPR, and CNN.

October 8th at 1pm

About Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.

Information provided by National Hispanic Heritage Month.