Event Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, October 1, 2021

A Message from Melissa Pedone and Stanton Reed, Interim Presidents, Osceola, Lake Nona and Poinciana Campuses

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, between Building 4 and the Clock Tower

Student Development will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an event on Tuesday, October 5, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held on the Osceola Campus, between Building 4 and the Clock Tower.

Featuring dancers and activities, with music by DJ Orlando, the event will offer an opportunity to learn about Hispanic heritage and culture.

FUN FACT: Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic 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.

The observation started in 1968, as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE: How much do you know about Hispanic heritage and culture? Take this Washington Post quiz, and let us know in the comments what you learned.

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