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Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month (LHM) offers the Loyola community a chance to participate in programs and events to celebrate Latinx heritage, nationally known as Hispanic Heritage Month. Programs and events during National Hispanic Heritage Month take place from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15. The significance of Sept. 15 is to recognize the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras. For Mexico, Chile, and Belize, the month of October also carries great value since these nations celebrate their independence days.

Today, National Hispanic Heritage Month seeks to recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the United States. Please join us in this annual tribute by learning about the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our lives and this nation.

To celebrate this year’s LHM, ALANA and the Association of Latin American and Spanish Students (ALAS) & other Campus Partners have scheduled the following events:

René Treviño: Stelae

Exhibition Displayed from: September 12 - October 11, 2019

Reception and Artist Talk in the Gallery: Thursday, September 19, 6-8PM

The Julio Fine Arts Gallery is proud to announce that our 2019-2020 academic year begins with Stelae, a solo exhibition by renowned Baltimore artist René Treviño. In this exhibition, Treviño complicates historical representation in an attempt to place his own identity within it. Through meticulous detail, bright colors, and incredible artistry, Treviño's work questions and layers onto visual imagery left behind by ancient Mexican cultures, pointing to the incredible importance of representation, and being able to find oneself within the annals of history.

Latinx Heritage Month Keynote Speaker

Eric VillatoroWednesday, Oct. 2, from 7-8 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room

Presented by Eric Villatoro, creator of Okay Latino. Okay Latino, based in the Maryland/Washington D.C area, aims to preserve, support, and develop Latin culture through media and experiences to unite, create, and inspire others.

ALAS Noche de Baile

Friday, Oct. 4, from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
McGuire East

An evening of dancing and food to celebrate Latin and Hispanic culture.


Latinx Family Dynamics Panel

Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 7-8 p.m.
4th Floor Program Room

Come hear about the the family dynamics in a Latinx family. 

The Border Crisis: A Panel Discussion 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 7-8 p.m.
McGuire Hall East

A panel of leading experts will address the moral, legal, and historical dimensions of the current immigration crisis at the U.S./Mexican border. Panelists include: Michelle Mendez, director of the Defending Vulnerable Populations section of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network; Dr. Dario Euraque, Professor of History and International Studies at Trinity College; and Maureen Sweeney, director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Department & The Office of Peace and Justice 

Latin Fest

Friday, Oct. 11, from 7-9 p.m.
McGuire Hall

Come join ALAS in their campus wide celebration of Latinx Heritage Month! There will be food, entertainment y cultura!


Jeff Gould Public Screening of "Port Triumph" 

Monday, Oct. 21st  from 5:30pm to 6:45pm 
Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium 

View a  documentary on part of El Salvador's pre-war history that was negatively impacted by the civil war.

Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino Studies Department & The History Department 

The Journey of Immigrant Children: A Panel Discussion on Experiences, Legal Issues, and Spiritual Perspectives of Central American Immigrant Youth.

Monday, Oct. 21st at 6:30pm 
McGuire Hall

Based on a new book called Blessed Are the Refugees: Beatitudes of Immigrant Children, we will be welcoming to campus Fr. Leo J. O’Donovan (Director of Mission of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA and President Emeritus of Georgetown University), two young immigrant children featured in the book, and attorneys from Esperanza Center Immigration Legal Services, a program of Catholic Charities of Baltimore. Each guest will provide a different perspective of the challenges facing Central American migrants at the border and will be in conversation about what an informed and faithful response to these problems can look like. 

Sponsored by Campus Ministry