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Latino Heritage Month

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. The week-long celebration was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 15.

Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. In addition, Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is Oct. 12, falling within the celebration month.

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration started in 2005 by the director of Multicultural Affairs and a group of students. Since its inception, the annual, University-wide celebration has featured a number of prominent speakers, including Rigoberta Menchu, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize; Cesar Gaviria, the former president of Colombia; and Dolores Huerta, labor activist and co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

2016 Latino Heritage Month Celebration

Pacific's Latino Heritage Month celebration will feature a guest speaker Professor Claire Joysmith, a performance of Ballet Folklorico, Noche de Musica concert, a Spanish lecture by Mexican novelist and essayist Luis Arturo Ramos and an exciting performance of "Gaytino" by Dan Guerrero. Also enjoy Men's and Women's Soccer games, the Science Blast Community day sponsored by the Reaching for the Stars Foundation and the Brubeck Festival performace of the Pacific Mambo Orchestra.Don't miss these exciting opportunities to celebrate Latino heritage and culture. 

Highlighted events

Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff 

9/15 - President's Room, 12 - 1 pm
Enjoy some enchildas and chips with salsa with us and get to learn about what we have planned out for Latinx Heritage Month. Also celebrate the independence of Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. Free/gratis.

Ballet Folklorico

Voces de Nuestros Antepasados (Voices of our Ancestors)

9/24 - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Faye Spanos Concert Hall 
Mexican Ballet Folklórico de Frank Zapata and Los Danzantes del Pacifico. Tickets available at the door are $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12 and students with ID; free for Pacific students with ID.

Field Trip to the Chicano Research Center

9/28 - 5:30-7:00 p.m. 2182 E. Main Street, Stockton, CA
Come see Chicano/a rich history and see the amazing books, magazines, and music collection by Richard Soto.  Meet at Raymond Lodge if you need a ride at 5:30 or meet us there.  Food will be provided.  This is a fun meet and greet event.

Is Donald Trump Right?

9/29 - 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wendell Phillips Center, Room 140 
Panel discussion with Q&A on the immigration and economic policies proposed by the Republican presidential candidate.

Reading and Discussion on with Mexican author Barbara Jacobs

10/4 -  Noon - 1 p.m. in the Bechtel International Center
Barabara Jacobs, Meixcan American  will have a reading and conversation about her book The Dead Leaves. She is a Mexican writer, poet, essayist and translator. She has received many literary awards, among them the prestigious Xavier Villaurrutia. (Free/Gratis) POSTPONED

Dead Leaves by Barbara Jacobs


Candle Vigil for Orlando

10/12 - 7:00 p.m. in DeRosa University Center Lawn
Join us as we give our support and respect for the Pulse shooting victims. We want to support nuestro gente and the countless other lives that were lost June 12, 2016. (Free/Gratis)

Noche de Música Concert

10/15 - 8:00-10:00pm in the Bechtel International Center 
A celebration of Latin culture for the Pacific and Stockton communities through live Latin American and Spanish music featuring the LA-based trio, Los Tres Músicos, performing folk and popular music from all corners of the Spanish speaking world. The group gives short narrative introductions to many of the songs, provides lyrics so that the audience can sing along, encourages participation and takes song requests. 


Don't miss any of these wonderful opportunities to celebrate Latino Heritage and Culture. Get details of all Latino Heritage Month events at

For more information call the Latina/o Community Outreach Office in Raymond Lodge at 209.946.7705.

The 2016 Latino Heritage Month Celebration is sponsored by: University of the Pacific, Latino Community Outreach, Latin American Studies Program, Modern Languages, Familia Latina de Pacific, Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, LULAC, M.E.Ch.A, SHPE, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity Inc., Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc, University Library and Danzantes de Pacific.