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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.

Unidad, Justicia y Tu Lucha es mi Lucha
Unity, Justice, and Your Fight Is My Fight

Association of Latinx American Students 

ALAS’s Theme for the academic school year is UJT. UJT stands for Unidad, Justicia, and Tu Lucha es mi Lucha. This year has presented endless challenges and injustices, particularly ones that affect Latinx and Black communities. Instances include higher rates of COVID within Brown and Black communities, police brutality, economic despair, and human rights violations. With the range of difficulties this year has presented thus far, we must unite for the better good of our communities, fight for the justice of not only our people but others, and continue to stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters. Those of the Latinx community are often described as hard-workers but sometimes even the hardest-workers need a helping hand. Therefore, we ask that those engaging with ALAS help us spread the word, bring light to our heritage month, educate yourselves and others, and be apart of us with an open mind and open heart. This years e-board consists of all Latinx women. Latinx women have been subject to machismo and gender-based violence within our own countries. ALAS will serve these women from an educational standpoint and utilize donation-based events. Throughout the year, ALAS will engage with our audience keeping Unidad, Justicia, and Tu Lucha es mi Lucha in mind.  ALAS will also work to positively celebrate the beauty of our culture and people. We recognize the difficulty of these times and want to allow ourselves and you all to appreciate the Latinx essence while remaining educated. Our people shouldn’t be recognized as purely suffering, but more-so as luchadores who love and celebrate their culture. Let’s amplify Latinx voices and people this month through UJT! 

Words from Caribbean Student Union

Unidad in the Caribbean is something that shows how we feel about family and unity. Despite being from different parts of the Caribbean, we have similarities. Whenever we see someone else from the Caribbean, no matter where they come from, they are our family. We share that kinship and pride of being from the islands.

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: