Latino Heritage Month began September 15 and runs for an entire month to celebrate the traditions and achievements of past generations from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America.
NIU has begun celebrating Latino Heritage Month. The Latino Resource Center has already organized many events for Latino students to participate in and show their cultural pride.
Jonathan Rosa, associate professor at the Graduate School of Education and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, hosted his talk “Latin Languages and Identities Across Borders” on Thursday via Zoom. This event informed students and faculty about language concepts, race, and popular debates about Latinos.
“Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category,” Rosa said.
Rosa explained that Latinos can be of any race. Latinos may find it difficult or unnecessary to express their racial identity using traditional American racial groups, depending on the situation.
“For years, the Latin American population has spread all over the country,” Rosa said. “Latinos are increasing the population in the future.”
The Latino population is one of the fastest growing groups in the United States. Latinos accept their ethnicity and find ways to grow with their group.
Rosa’s event attracted 30 students and staff.
The 50th anniversary of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School and the broader work of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center will be honored during a two-day workshop September 23-24 in Humboldt Park, Chicago – the multi-layered neighborhood of Paseo Boricua.
A community tour and workshops on topics such as health, housing, education, business, economic development, arts and culture will be part of the first day. On the second day, there will be a plenary session and panels of academics and community leaders who will discuss topics such as building thriving communities.