AAGT celebrates diversity with Hispanic Heritage Month
AAGT’s mission is to advocate for the diverse population of gifted and talented students in the state of Arizona. This means celebrating the diversity that we work so hard to advocate for. Enjoy our feature on Hispanic Heritage Month and join AAGT in celebrating diversity!
According to the 2021 US Census report and Migration Policy Institute data, 32.3% of Arizona’s 7,276,316 residents identify as a person of Hispanic Origin, and 1,394,070 of 6,851,010 (20.35%) of the total Arizona population over 5 speak Spanish at home. The intent of Hispanic Heritage Month is to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have inspired others to achieve success:
From the official National Hispanic Heritage Month website:
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, with 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 September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Here are some resources and local events to help you learn more about (and celebrate) Hispanic Heritage Month!
ASU observes Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of Chicanx, Latinx, Hispanic individuals as well as groups who identify with and strive to create a more inclusive environment for these communities.
Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) formed in 1969 to fight discrimination against the Mexican American community. Inspired by Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez, we advocated for equity in education, politics, and labor conditions. Today, CPLC provides services to people of all backgrounds while honoring our Mexican-American roots.
San Miguel de Gualdape was the first European settlement in North America. It was founded in Georgia in 1526, 81 years before Jamestown. St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565 and is the oldest city in the United States. Hispanic Americans have been making contributions to life in the United States ever since. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with these lessons, activities, videos, and more.
Read about Cesar Chavez, Raul Castro, Lydia Guzman, and Ed Pastor, four inspiring Hispanic Americans who have changed Arizona for the better.
Visit the Arizona Public Media (PBS) home for Hispanic Heritage Month
September 24, 2022
The City of Peoria celebrates its incredible diversity with a festival for Hispanic Heritage Month! Join us in Downtown Peoria for a day of fun for all ages, and an evening concert featuring national entertainment! Entertainment for 2022 includes El Chicano, Latin Breed & Mariachi Divas. General admission, VIP Tickets available
October 1, 2022
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a tradition – experience the rich cultural history of Mexico through vibrant music and dance at the 23rd Annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival, presented in partnership with C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona and Maestra Vanessa Ramirez. The annual event features GRAMMY Award-winning Mariachi Los Camperos and 16-member Mariachi Estrella de Mexico, along with a dazzling array of folklorico dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ. Enjoy an evening created to immerse you into Mexican culture with art vendors in the lobby and a special exhibition in the CCA Gallery.