Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month 2021

 September 15 – October 15

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 Spartans Speak: A UNCG Alumni Podcast

Latinx Community & Politics in North Carolina

15Fiesta at the Fountain: Social Distance Edition

Fountainview Plaza (Moran Commons)


Come meet the Hispanic/Latinx student organizations.  Enjoy music and sweet treats from Latin America.  Raffle prizes throughout the event!

UNCG Spartancard required for attendance.

18Bienvenidos Todos!

Maple room EUC


An event delivered in Spanish for High and Middle School students and their families.

Hosted by Undergraduate Admissions

21Los Primeros

EUC Alexander


An educational and networking event for first generation Latinx students to learn about campus resources, student organizations and hear from upperclassmen about their UNCG experience. This event will be in person so space is limited. Hosted by the Zeta Omega Chapter of Lambda Theta Alpha Sorority.

Kahoots! Trivia Night

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Are you a Hispanic/Latinx trivia champion? Log on and play the game to find out.  Prize packs for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

Hosted by Alianza, UNCG’s Latinx Faculty and Staff Association

23Café y Conversación

Taylor Garden


Come meet your friends or make new ones while tasting coffee and sweet treats from various

Latin American countries.  Special guest host will be announced.

Poetry Reading & Conversation with Victor Ortiz

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Moderated by Dr. Veronica Grossi (LLC)

24Being Latina/o/x and Hispanic in Higher Education: Who are we, and how do we navigate common misconceptions about our communities?

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This panel explores the diversity present within the Latina/o/x and Hispanic pan-ethnic communities. Precisely, panelists will engage with questions that disrupt common notions of the Latina/o/x and Hispanic communities as one monolithic ethnic/racial group with defined cultural and social characteristics. The panel will feature students from UNCG and surrounding higher education institutions in the Triad. The perspectives shared by panelists and their engagement with the audience will contribute to conversations that seek to illuminate common misconceptions and misrepresentations of Latina/o/x and Hispanic students in higher education. Moderated by: Dey Zambrana-Soler, Office of Leadership and Civic Engagement, UNCG

27Career and Professional Development with LabCorp

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Labcorp’s mission is to improve health and improving lives.  As you embark on your fall semester, Labcorp aims to connect with you in an upcoming Diversity & Inclusion event to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.  The event will be led by HUMANOS, Labcorp’s Hispanic and Latin Employee Resource Group on Monday-September 27th from 4-5:30 PM EST.  During the virtual event, you will learn about Labcorp’s impact on global health, career opportunities/hot jobs, and expanding your professional network while celebrating culture!

Coordinated by Undergraduate Admissions and Career and Professional Development

29Nuestras Raices: Spanish Heritage Language Program

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Coordinated by Dr. Kelly Lowther Pereira (LLC)

30Café y Conversación

Taylor Garden


Come meet your friends or make new ones while tasting coffee and sweet treats from various Latin American countries.  Faculty from the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will serve as special guest hosts.


1Latinx in Politics with UNCG Alumna Arianna Alvarez & Ricky Hurtado

EUC Auditorium


5Nuestro Sonido

Moran Plaza in front of Fountainview Cafeteria (Rain location is inside Fountainview Dining Hall, ground floor).



UNCG musicians present a program of original compositions and arrangements of music from across Latin America, a sonic journey from the Pampas through the Andes to the Caribe.

Maria Menendez, piano

Nicholas Lorenzo, clarinet

Julio Jeri, trumpet and pan flute

Triston H.B, viola

Alejandro Rutty, electric bass

Lorena Guillén, voice

7Café y Conversación

Taylor Garden (Rain location is Cone ballroom in the EUC)


Come meet your friends or make new ones while tasting coffee and sweet treats from various Latin American countries.  Special guest host Chancellor Gilliam will be present from 9-10am.

Latin American/Latina Women for Justice and Equality

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Moderated by Dr. Claudia Cabello Hutt (LLC)

8Cafecito con LatinxED: Hablando Advanced Degrees & Teaching

via Facebook Live (LatinxED page)


Coordinated by LatinxED Ricky Hurtado, Marisa Gonzalez, and Yuliana Rodriguez

14Café y Conversación

Taylor Garden


Come meet your friends or make new ones while tasting coffee and sweet treats from various Latin American countries.  Special host Provost Storrs will be present from 9-9:45am.

ALPFA Presents: Dr. Gabriela Stein

via zoom


15Zumba with Chocolate y Pan

Foust Park


Join us for a fund Zumba class

Hosted by Alianza, UNCG’s Latinx Faculty and Staff Association and Undergraduate Admissions

If you would like to share your heritage month programs, please contact intercultural@uncg.edu


Alianza Latino Faculty and Staff Association

Undergraduate Admissions

Alumni Affairs

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Counseling Center

Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

College of Visual and Performing Arts

College of Arts and Sciences, Dean’s Office

School of Education

Office of Intercultural Engagement

Career and Professional Development

Housing and Residence Life

Recreation and Wellness



Chi Upsilon Sigma

Corazon Folklorico

Lambda Theta Alpha

Lambda Theta Phi

Ritmo Latino


What does it mean to be Latino? Hispanic? Chicano?

What does it mean to be Latino? Hispanic? Chicano? Why is it sometimes spelled Latin@? What are the differences in experience based on ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, geography, class and other variables? How does the constructed image of undocumented immigrants “taking jobs away” from American citizens “shape the consciousness of people in the community?”

September 15 through October 15 was first declared Hispanic Heritage Month by Ronald Reagan in 1988. How has the community changed since then? This dialogue is an opportunity for the Latino community and its allies to reflect on Latino identity development within the broader social, political and economical context in order to gain insight into its future.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the anniversary of independence of Latin American Countries. September 15 is the independence anniversary of five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.

Quick Facts:
Hispanic” is a term defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, which refers to Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any race.

Mariachi goes beyond music; it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing (most recently charro suits) which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country, an experience not to be missed.

Samba is an African-Brazilian dance with several variations in different parts of Brazil. The term originates from semba, an African word for navel. Traditionally, a circle is made with a solo dancer in the center. In the samba’s rhythm there is a syncopated note which is the cue for the soloist to touch, with her navel, the navel of the chosen person to replace her in the circle. It is sometimes referred to as a Samba, Carioca, a Baion or a Batucado. The difference is mostly in the tempo played since the steps in all three dance styles are very similar. The style is to bounce steadily and smoothly in 2/4 meter.

Panama Folkloric Dances are traditional dances passed down from generation to generation. With most dances, each region has its own particular characteristics or exclusive traits which differentiate it from others. However, the tamborito—Panama’s national dance—is found in almost every region of the Republic, but the basic dance changes little from one province to another.

Axe—A contemporary Afro-Brazilian pop style, incorporating samba, rock, soul and other musical influences. A musical style of percussion from the northern part of Brazil.

Capoeira (ka/po/where/ah) is an Afro-Brazilian martial art developed initially by African slaves in Brazil, starting in the colonial period. It is marked by deft, tricky movements often played on the ground or completely inverted. It also has a strong acrobatic component in some versions and is always played with music. Capoeira has recently been popularized in a number of computer games. Two capoeiristas, Eddie Gordo and Christie Monteiro, fight in the popular games Tekken 3, Tekken 4, and Tekken 5. Elena fights Capoeira in the game Street Fighter III. In addition, Meet the Fockers and Ocean’s Twelve, two highly successful movies of 2004, featured Capoeira in several memorable scenes. While the attention Capoeira has received has caused a boom of interest in this martial art, more skeptical capoeiristas have argued that the way it is used in the media is misrepresentative of what Capoeira truly is.

Salsa is danced to music with a recurring eight-beat pattern, i.e. two bars of four beats. Salsa patterns typically use three steps during each four beats, one beat being skipped. However, this skipped beat is often marked by a tap, a kick, a flick, etc. Typically the music involves complicated percussion rhythms and is fast with around 180 beats per minute. Salsa is a spot dance, i.e., unlike Foxtrot or Samba, in Salsa a couple does not travel over the dance floor much, but rather occupies a fixed area on the dance floor. In some cases, people do the Salsa in solo mode.