Latinx Heritage Celebration

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law Hispanic Heritage Week, a weeklong celebration of the “Hispanic” community in the United States. Twenty years later, in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the expansion of this week into a month-long celebration known as Hispanic Heritage Month. 

As society changes and communities (re)claim their identities, the 2020 Salt Lake Community College “Hispanic Heritage Month” Committee is excited to claim the term “Latinx” (a gender-neutral term that is inclusive of female, male, gender non-binary, and trans* individuals of Latin American heritage) to announce “Latinx Heritage Celebration.”

Expanding from September 15 to October 15, Latinx Heritage Celebration is an entire month of events dedicated to celebrating “Latinidad.” According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Latinx people make up about 18% of the United States population, which accounts for nearly 60 million individuals. In Utah, Latinx people comprise approximately 13% of the state population, or over 400,000 individuals. At Salt Lake Community College, the 2020 academic year Latinx student population comprised 20% of the student body or 5,876 students. Simply put, aquí estamos, y no nos vamos (we are here, and we are not leaving).

Please check the events page for details.

You can find the LHC 2020 List of events here.