Latinx Heritage Month 2021

Latinx Heritage Month at UWM 2021

Latinx is an inclusive term used to include all gendered and non-gendered identities of peoples with Latin American ancestry. “Latinx” specifically refuses to further silence and erase trans (non-binary and binary), gender non-conforming, non-binary, and genderqueer people.

Latinx Heritage Month at UWM is coordinated by a team of campus stakeholders offering a variety of programs that recognize and celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of people of Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Chicanx, Latin American, Caribbean, Spanish and Indigenous descent in the United States.  

National Latinx Heritage Month has been observed from September 15th to October 15th in the U.S. since 1988. It takes place during this time period to honor the independence days of several countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile, as well as Día de la Raza, a significant cultural celebration observed in Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela.   


Contributors to Latinx Heritage Month at UWM 2021 include:

    • Campus Activities Board
    • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
    • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
    • Department of Spanish and Portuguese
    • Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
    • Manfred Olsen Planetarium
    • The Military and Veterans Resource Center
    • Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    • Roberto Hernández Center
    • Studio Arts & Craft Centre
    • Union Sociocultural Programming
    • UWM Libraries
    • Wisconsin chapter of the American GI Forum
    • Wisconsin Humanities
    • Women’s Resource Center

Latinx Heritage Month 2021 Events


Latinx Faculty, Staff and Student Reception

Wednesday, September 15 | Network Event 

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM | Location TBD UWM (UW Milwaukee)  

Latinx faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a campus gathering to help kick off Latinx Heritage Month and welcome everyone back to campus. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet and greet other Latinx colleagues, staff and students and build community.   

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano:  

Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center    

Latinx Placita: Latinx Heritage Month Kickoff and Mercado   

Thursday, September 16 | Celebration

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Spaights Plaza  

Kick of Latinx Heritage Month with Sociocultural Programming! Let’s celebrate with music, dancing and stop by our mercado to support local Latinx vendors and more! 

For more information or to request accommodations contact Kiara Rosado:  

Sponsored by the Sociocultural Programming and the Roberto Hernandez Center    

Friday, 22 September | Identity Circle
5:00PM-7:00PM | Alumni Fireside Lounge

Juntas, or “together,” offers a brave space for Latinx women-identified students to share unique cultural experiences with other members of the UWM community. Latinx community and campus leaders will facilitate a cooperative learning experience for attendees through small discussion/”healing” circles.  

This program aims to help build relationships, share communal narratives, and develop tools for support, success, and self-care. “When one grows, we all grow.”  

This year’s theme is “UWM Community Story telling.” Juntas will provide attendees an opportunity to reflect on the theme while connecting to attendees and facilitators on a deeper level to illuminate the beauty, diversities, and complexities of identifying as a Latinx woman at UWM “ 

For more information contact Justice Grau:  

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Roberto Hernandez Center  

Pop Up Plaza: Creative brainstorm! 

Tuesday, September 28 | Workshop 

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Lubar Entrepreneurship Center Atrium 

Be part of the student consultant team to help a local Wisconsin company, Tortilleria Zepeda, be more creative and engaging with their digital marketing strategy. The husband and wife founders are proud to produce freshly made products in Wisconsin with locally sourced corn, using traditional nixamalization techniques. Some attendees will get freshly made tortillas! 

Anyone is welcome to join this event co-hosted by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization. 

For more information or to request accommodations contact Nicole Powley:    

Sponsored by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization 

Brown Bag: Student Engagement and Involvement 

Wednesday, September 29 | Discussion 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Roberto Hernandez Center & Virtual via Teams 

Join the RHC for our Brown Bag Discussion Series where we connect students to opportunities to get involved on campus, in the greater Milwaukee community and beyond. Learn about how to get involved with student organizations on campus. Come to learn where to find community, professionally develop and find your place at UWM. 

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano: 

Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center    


Salsa Dancing Under the Stars 

Friday, October 1 | Performance 

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM| Planetarium and Physics building courtyard 

Put your dancing shoes on and join us for a night of dancing and stars. Enjoy a demonstration by Salsa Organica followed by salsa lessons from UWM dance instructor Krislyn World in the courtyard outside of the Physics building. When you need a break, pop into the planetarium for storytelling and stargazing shows at 6:10 pm or 7:20 pm. In the event of rain, we will move the dancing inside the Physics building. 

For more information contact Victoria Robison:   

Sponsored by the UWM Planetarium, UWM Sociocultural Programming, Roberto Hernandez Center 

Hispanic Medal of Honor Recipients Display 

Monday, October 4 | Pictorial Display 

8:00 AM – 3:00 PM | Student Union Concourse 

A banner display of the 61 Hispanic recipients of the United States Medal of Honor. The American GI Forum will have a table to facilitate discussion regarding Latinx service members and their contributions to the United States armed forces. 

For more information contact Yolanda Medina:   

Sponsored by The Military and Veterans Resource Center and the Wisconsin chapter of the American GI Forum. 

Flores Exhibits 

Thursday, October 7 | Exhibit 

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | UWM Emile H. Mathis Gallery (Mitchell Hall)  

Educators, students, artists, and community advocates present the sworn testimony of children held in detention facilities at the US/Mexico border. The Flores Exhibits aims to effect change in our immigration system through narrative-driven advocacy. Their source is a body of testimonies gathered in June 2019 by a team of lawyers visiting detention facilities as monitors for the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement, which set limits on the length of time and conditions under which children can be held in immigration detention. 

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano:  

Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center    

Culturas Celestiales 

Various Fridays | Planetarium Show and Virtual Presentations 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM | Planetarium (Oct 8) and Virtual Presentations-YouTube (Oct 15, 22, & 29) 

Experience stars, stories, and cultural perspectives throughout Latin America. Each Friday features a different guest speaker who will talk about a region dear to their heart including its culture and connections to the night sky. Register at  

Schedule of Presenters  

October 8: David Pacifico (Peru) in the UWM Planetarium  

October 15: Guilherme Marranghello (Brazil) Virtual Program 

October 22: Antonio Hales (Chile) Virtual Program 

October 29: Nancy Bird-Soto (Puerto Rico) Virtual Program 

For more information contact Victoria Robison:   

Sponsored by UWM Planetarium, UWM Sociocultural Programming, Roberto Hernandez Center, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 

Lyrical Sanctuary Featuring David Romero 

Wednesday, October 13 | Workshop, Open Mic and Performance  

7:00 PM – 7:45 PM | Creative Writing Workshop | Inclusive Excellence Center 

8:00 PM -10:00 PM | Open Mic & Feature Performance | Fireside Lounge 

Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken world artist, music, art, and YOU! In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, we are featuring David Romero! David is a Mexican-American spoken word artist from Diamond Bar, CA. Romero is the author of My Name Is Romero (FlowerSong Press 2020), a book reviewed by Gustavo Arellano (¡Ask a Mexican!), Curtis Marez (University Babylon), and founding member of Ozomatli, Ulises Bella. Romero has won the Uptown Slam at the historic Green Mill in Chicago; the birthplace of slam poetry. Romero’s poetry deals with family, identity, social justice issues, and Latinx culture. 

For more information or to request accommodations contact Kiara Rosado:   

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Campus Activities Board  

Latinx Diversity Festival

Thursday, October 14 | Celebration

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM | Union Concourse

Come by the Union Concourse for the annual Latinx Diversity Festival 2021! This event will showcase Latinx culture with live music, crafts, freebies and learn about 11 different countries represented!

For more information contact Sociocultural Programming:

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Roberto Hernandez Center

Latinx Heritage Month Award 

Friday, October 15 | Celebration/Commemoration 

5:00PM-7:00PM | Virtual Event on Social Media  

Join the Roberto Hernández Center and the UWM community in honoring and celebrating Latinx leaders and their professional trajectory, accomplishments, and contributions to our Latinx community. This year’s event will take on a virtual format. Awardee to be announced soon.  

Follow us on social media for event updates and recognition details: @uwmrhc.  

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano:  

Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center    

Brown Bag: Mutual Aid – How to Uplift the Community  

Wednesday, October 20 | Discussion/Presentation 

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Roberto Hernandez Center & Virtual via Teams 

Join the RHC in welcoming Leaders Igniting Transformation (LIT) in an opportunity to learn about mutual aid and how to engage and serve in the community. Come learn how LIT practices mutual aid, as they share knowledge, and learn how to join on campus and in the community. Ayuda Mutua will also be present to support students of LIT. 

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano:  

Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center    

50th Oral History & Latinx Activism Project Launching

Thursday, October 21 | Presentation

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM | UWM Libraries

Last year we celebrated the SSOI/RHC’s 50th Year Anniversary and have been working in collaboration with the UWM Archives & Libraries to expand the collections by including an oral history project of some of the many voices that have formed a part of the history of the SSOI and RHC. 

We invite you to join us as we hear some of the powerful narratives of advocates, leaders, students, staff and faculty involved one way or another with the success of the RHC.

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano:

Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center   

Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin!  

Thursday, October 21 – Thursday, Nov 4 | Exhibit 

Recurring event | UWM Library  

This traveling exhibit shares the stories of eight immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America to Wisconsin. We believe that the personal stories presented in this exhibit can deepen our understanding of immigrants’ lives and expand our understanding of history and policy. 

Immigrant Journeys from South of the Border ¡Mi travesía hasta Wisconsin!, the traveling exhibit, was produced by the Wisconsin Humanities in partnership with Centro Hispano of Dane County.   

For more information contact Jessica Solorzano:  

Sponsored by Wisconsin Humanities, UWM Libraries and the Roberto Hernandez Center 

Día de Los Muertos Ofrenditas Workshops  

Tuesday, October 26 | 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Wednesday & Thursday, October 27 & 28 | 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM  

Studio Arts & Crafts Centre 

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Studio Arts & Crafts Centre 

Día de Los Muertos Celebration 

Monday, November 2| 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Union Concourse  

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming