Diversity Spotlight

Hispanic Heritage Month

Upcoming Events:

10/14 - Know Your Rights

This bilingual presentation in partnership with Catholic Charities of Central Texas will help you understand immigration issues like getting a permanent resident card or visa, or family based immigration. Join us to get your questions answered. Catholic Charities of Central Texas provides low cost, high quality legal representation in immigration matters for our clients. Our Immigration Legal Services program has experienced attorneys and legal support staff to help with most immigration based needs. Catholic Charities of Central Texas brinda bajo costo, representación legal de alta calidad en asuntos de inmigración para nuestros clientes. Nuestro programa de Servicios Legales de Inmigración ha experimentado abogados y personal de apoyo legal para ayudar con la mayoría de las necesidades basadas en la inmigración. Click here for more information.

10/28 - Trunk or Treat

11/9 - Hispanic Heritage Banquet

Media Resources:



Who Put The 'Hispanic' In Hispanic Heritage Month?

Chelsea Beck/NPR

"Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized, not-quite-a-month. (It's the back half of September and the front half of October). That, according to the government's website, is because Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of Independence from Spain in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica. (Mexico declared its independence a day later). And Oct. 12 is Día de la Raza, loosely translated as Day of the Race, or "Columbus Day" — a national holiday in a number of Latin American countries." Continue reading and listen to the podcast here.



An Examination of Hispanic & Latino History

 I Juana Live in America

Story Corps: Vito de la Cruz

Book Resources:


"For Hispanic Heritage Month, 3 Books on Latinos in the U.S."

Full article by the New York Times here.

    A Hispanic History of the United States
    By Felipe Fernández-Armesto
    Defining a New American Identity in the Spanish-Speaking United States
    By Héctor Tobar
  • BORDERLANDS/ La Frontera
    The New Mestiza
    By Gloria E. Anzaldúa

14 Must-Read Books for Hispanic Heritage Month by Emily Laurence 

"While some holidays that the Internet celebrates seem bogus (National Blueberry Popsicle Day, anyone?) National Hispanic Heritage Month is legit, and it’s happening right now. Taking place from September 15 to October 15, the month honors and recognizes Hispanic and Latino people who have helped make this country great. Whether you’re Latino yourself or you want to learn more about the 17 percent of the US population that is, discovering more about this culture is a great way to celebrate. Scroll on for our fave books that tell a compelling story about what it means to be Latino. Some are classics, some are out this month, but trust us — they’re all worth reading." Click here to check out these must-reads!

For an extensive list of Hispanic Heritage reading recommendations for all ages click here!