Center for Diversity & Inclusion


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Mailing Address

Latino Heritage Month

Performance during Latino Heritage Month 2005

Each year, Americans observe Latino Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

If you are an office, department, or organization at AU and would like your event to be added to the below list of events for Latino Heritage Month, please submit your event here.

2013 List of Events

Bobby Gonzalez
September 16 | 1pm | MGC 203/205 & 5pm | SIS Founder's Room
Sponsored by Kay Spiritual Life Center, Dominican Student Association, School of International Service, LASO, International Student & Scholar Services, and Partners of the Americas (Partners AU)

AU welcomes multicultural speaker, storyteller, and poet Bobby Gonzalez. A product of a bicultural environment, Bobby draws on his Native American (Taino) and Latino (Puerto Rican) roots. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about this personal experiences and talents.

Social Movements and Women's Rights in El Salvador: Blanca Zulma Hernandez Cortez of CRIPDES Nacional
September 16 | Noon | Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge | Sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplin and Kay Spiritual Life Center

Global Ramifications of the Sept. 11, 1973 Chilean Coup: 40 years after
September 16 | 5pm | Butler Board Room | Sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

Join the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies for a panel discussion on the enduring consequences of the coup for the political left in Latin America and Southern Europe, the international human rights regime, and economic development models.

Obsesion: Cuban Hip-Hop and Race
September 17 | 8pm | Butler Board Room | Sponsored by AU Center for Community Engagement & service & Alternative Breaks

Obsesion duo Magia Lopez and Alexey Rodriguez ("el tipo este") are traveling all the way from Cuba to give a short performance and to talk about race in Cuba and the content of their music. Lopez and Rodriguez are at the forefront of a cultural revolution in Cuba--a renaissance that is using hip-hop to challenge age-old misconceptions about power, race, identity, and gender.

Students Helping Honduras: NiceCream Fundraiser
September 18 | 11am | Main Quad | Sponsored by Students Helping Honduras

NiceCream uses DC's locally sourced ingredients and a unique freezing agent liquid nitrogen to create healthy and fresh ice cream. They will be selling ice cream on the Main Quad, and a portion of the profits will be going to Students Helping Honduras to buy school supplies for a new school in El Progresso, Honduras. The school was recently finished with money that Students Helping Honduras raised, but now school supplies are need for the students! Students Helping Honduras is a national non-profit that works to send volunteers to Honduras to help build schools and motivate locals to raise funds once volunteers leave. Students Helping Honduras has raised more than $1 million through fundraising. By the 2020, Students Helping Honduras hopes to build 1,000 schools.

Sowing Struggle: The Future of Corn in Tlaxcala, Mexico
September 18 | 6pm | SIS Founder's Room | Sponsored by Partners of the Americas (Partners AU) & LASO

Luz Rivera Martinez, organizer with Consejo Nacional Urbano y Campesino (CNUC), will speak about her 20 years of experience constructing autonomy, organizing outside the electoral system, and resisting genetically modified corn while protecting millennia-old varieties. Luz is an amazingly inspiring speaker with a wealth of experience and her talk will have important lessons for anyone interested in women's, peasant, and labor movements. The presentation will be in Spanish with English translation provided. More information available on the Facebook event or contact

"Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter's Journey through a Country's Descent into Darkness" A Conversation with Alfredo Corchado
September 23 | Noon | Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge | Sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplin and Kay Spiritual Life Center

The Cinema of Arturo Ripstein
September 24 | 5:30pm | Letts Formal Lounge | Sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

The Center for Latin American & Latino Studies welcomes Mexican Film Director Arturo Ripstein, widely considered Mexico's most celebrated and respected contemporary filmmaker. Join Director Ripstein and a panel of AU scholars for this rare opportunity to discuss an internationally-acclaimed career spanning nearly half a century of Mexican filmography.

Passing as a Man: A Discussion of Gender and Identity in Cuba with Julio Cesar Gonzalez Pages
October 1 | 2pm | MGC 245 | | Sponsored by the Center for Latin American & Latino Studies

This round table will feature the distinguished Cuban historian Julio Cesar Gonzalez discussing his most recent book, Por andar vestida de hombre, which chronicles the life of Swiss physician Enriqueta Favez, who practiced medicine during the early nineteenth century in the Napoleonic Wars and in Cuba. Considered female at birth, Favez self-identified and lived as a man, and was among the earliest documented transsexuals. Inspired by the life and work of Favez, this round table will consider the changing significance and status of gender in contemporary Cuba and Latin America.

"Empowering Women as Entrepreneurs" with Salvadoran Enterprises of Women
October 3 | Noon | Kay Spiritual Life Center Lounge | Sponsored by the Office of the University Chaplin and Kay Spiritual Life Center\

Join the Kay Spiritual Life Center for a pizza lunch discussion! Salvadoran Enterprises for Women is an organization that builds and manages the financial resources, community networks, solidarity efforts and the U.S. and Salvadoran markets that facilitate help expand existing employment and development opportunities for women in El Salvador. Please RSVP to

Latino Heritage Month Internship Event

October 3 | 5:30 PM | MGC 203/205 | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the School of International Service

Join the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the School of International Service as we welcome DC organizations who are doing great work with the Latino community. Stop by and meet representatives from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools, and the Department of Education and learn more about internship and fellowship opportunities they have to offer!

Alumni in the KNOW: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Kogod/MBA '84
October 8 | Noon | MGC 4 & 5 | Sponsored by the AU Alumni Association

The AU Alumni Association's distinguished alumni speaker series, Alumni in the KNOW, incorporates a unique opportunity to explore the professional paths of AU's decorated and accomplished alumni, stimulates career development interest in future alumni, and connects prominent alumni with the AU community.
With support from theAU Latino Alumni Alliance,
one of AU's newest alumni affinity groups, and sponsorship from theAU Graduate Leadership Council,AU is pleased to celebrate the first speaker of the 2013-2014 academic year: The Honorable Loretta Sanchez Kogod/MBA '84 representative of California's 46th Congressional District.

*Registration is required and can be found here.