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:
Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm Eastern
Zoom Meeting ID: 419 677 3244
Afrolatinidad is a collective cultural identity of Latino/a/x individuals of full or partial African descent.
Join us and hear from our panelists about their experiences as Afrolatino/a/x
Thursday, October 1st at 5pm Eastern
A Zoom lecture offered Ñusta Carranza Ko
Peru’s national health program Programa de Salud Reproductiva y Planificación Familiar (PSRPF) aimed to uphold women’s reproductive rights addressing the scarcity of maternity-related services. However, while implementing its program, PSRPF undermined respect for human rights by forcibly sterilizing women predominantly of indigenous, poor, and rural backgrounds. Dr. Carranza Ko’s lecture considers the coercive sterilization of these women as a genocide, a term not previously applied to the Peruvian case. Using the normative markers of the Genocide Convention, she will categorically cast the targets of state-led forced-sterilization as victims of genocide because this health malpractice prevents indigenous communities from reproducing. The state’s genocidal intent worked toward destroying an ethnic minority group.
Sponsored by: Center for the Humanities, Latin American & Latino Studies, Global Studies, Gender Studies, Modern Languages & Literatures and Peace Justice Studies
Please be sure to sign up on the Register Link to confirm your spot!
Charm City Trivia x ALAS
October 10th 8pm
LHM Keynote Speaker-Gadiel del Orbe
Gadiel del Orbe is a Dominican-American comedian, actor, writer/director/producer from New York. He is currently on a Talent Residency at Buzzfeed's Pero Like Channel where his videos have garnered hundreds of millions of views across YouTube and Facebook. He most recently guest starred on the YouTube/BF Vilot series, UNFORTUNATLY ASHLY. Gadiel can be seen around Los Angeles performing standup at places like The Comedy Store and The Ice House, just to name a few. Gadiel is also a proud military veteran, serving in the United States Navy. Join us on October 15th 7pm to hear our guest speaker!