Latinx Heritage Month 2019

Latinx Heritage Month at UWM 2019

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 2019 include:

  • Boswell Book Company  
  • Campus Activities Board 
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 
  • Inclusive Excellence Center 
  • Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies Program 
  • Latinx Student Union 
  • LGBT Resource Center 
  • Manfred Olsen Planetarium 
  • Office of Undergraduate Research 
  • Roberto Hernández Center 
  • Student Involvement 
  • Student Success Center 
  • Studio Arts & Craft Centre 
  • Union Sociocultural Programming 
  • UWM Multicultural Offices 
  • UWM Union Cinema  
  • Women’s and Gender Studies 
  • Women’s Resource Center 


Latinx Heritage Month 2019 Events


LACUSL Speaker Series (Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies major) – contact (229-5986) for details 
Sept- Nov Tuesdays ǀ Speaker Series 
2pm-3:30pm ǀ American Geographical Society Library (AGSL), Golda Meir Library, 3rd floor

For more information contact Julie Kline, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies:
Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies major 


3rd Annual Multicultural Fall Welcome Open House
11 Wednesday | Multicultural Open House
10am-2pm | Bolton Hall

The Multicultural Offices, Cultural Centers and Student Services along with the Student Success Center and the Office of Undergraduate Research welcome students to UWM Fall 2019! Join us for our open house featuring staff from the Career Planning and Resource Center, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Financial Aid, Inclusive Excellence Center, LGBT+ Resource Center, Life Impact Program, Military and Veterans Resource Center, Maternal and Child Health Pipeline Training Program, Norris Health Center, Study Abroad Program, the Ronald E. McNair Program, Transportation, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, WiscAMP/STEM-Inspire Program, Women’s Resource Center will also be there. Following this, there will be free food in the Bolton Hall Breezeway and students can participate in drawings to win prizes from our sponsors! We look forward to meeting new and returning students.

For more information contact Ramona Sledge, Black Cultural Student Center:
Sponsored by the UWM Multicultural Offices, the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Student Success Center


Latinx Placita: Latinx Heritage Month kickoff and Mercado
19 Thursday | Market & Celebration
10am-2pm | Spaights Plaza

Commemorate Latinx Heritage Month with our Kickoff and Mercado. Join us for live entertainment, food, and wellness-focused artisan vendors with experience in holistic practices of self-care! Come grab a calendar and learn about all the events taking place over the course of the month. You won’t want to miss out!

For more information contact Kiara Rosado, Sociocultural Programming:
Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, Roberto Hernández Center & Student Involvement


7th Annual Latinx Festival 
TBD | Dance Showcase
Date, time and location to be determined

This event will showcase Latinx culture with dance performances varying in different regional music. After the performances, there will be a portion of the night where we have an open dance floor for event guests to practice the dances they learn.

For more information contact Jessica Solórzano, Student Involvement:

Sponsored by the Latinx Student Union


RHC Brown Bag Series
24 Tuesday | Discussion
Time varies from 11am-1pm | Bolton 183

The Brown Bag Series are back! The RHC will host its monthly student-led discussion during the lunchtime hour featuring a variety of themes and topics important to students. The RHC is currently looking for students or small groups who are interested in facilitating a session. 

For more information contact Tere Serna, Roberto Hernández Center:
Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center


Pieces of Latin America 
25 Wednesday | Workshop
12pm-2pm | Fireside Lounge

Take a break from classes and join us for free lunch and collaborative puzzle making featuring Latinx Heritage countries and icons!

For more information contact Kiara Rosado, Sociocultural Programming:
Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming


Protect Your Magic: building resiliency and care practices in academia, a talk with La Loba Loca
30 Monday | Talk
5pm-7pm | Fireside Lounge

Loba is a Queer Andina educator, herbalist, and activist. Loba’s work focuses on Andina identity, reproductive justice, doula work, and plant connections. Loba’s core philosophy is based on (re)claiming and (re)membering Abuelita Knowledge as well as how to use our roots as a tool for liberation and transformation.

For more information contact alida cardós whaley, Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies major:
Sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies major, Sociocultural Programming, Student Involvement, LGBT Resource Center, Roberto Hernández Center, Women’s and Gender Studies & the Women’s Resource Center



Identity Coffee Hour Presents Afro-Latinx Identities
Tuesday | Reception
2:30pm-3:30pm | Inclusive Excellence Center

Identity Coffee Hour is an event designed for students to not only network and meet new people, but to ask questions and gain a deeper knowledge about their own identities and those of others. Join us this month to discuss Afro-Latinx identities and experiences from UWM students and pick up some free coffee!

For more information contact Kiara Rosado, Sociocultural Programming:
Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming & the Inclusive Excellence Center  


Juntas: A Circle of Support
Wednesday | Small Group Discussions
5pm-7pm | 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.”
Open to all UWM students

For more information contact Marvette Lacy, Women’s Resource Center:
Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center & the Roberto Hernández Center


Under the Mesoamerican Sky
Thursday | Stargazing, Food & Performance
Planetarium shows at 6pm & 7:30pm with a live musical performance at 7pm | UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium, Physics Building 139

Enjoy a free stellar program to celebrate the cosmic connection to Latinx culture. The live program includes stargazing from the heart of Mexico (20 degrees North), a musical performance by Browns Crew celebrating their cultural roots and identities tied to Mexico and Milwaukee, and delicious food from the region.

For more information contact Jean Creighton, UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium:
Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium & the Roberto Hernández Center

La Soledad (Venezuela, 2016)
3 Thursday | Film Screening
7pm-9pm | Union Cinema

La Soledad, directed by Jorge Thielen Armand, looks beyond the headlines and gives a voice to those affected by contemporary Venezuela’s inner turmoil.

For more information contact Julie Kline, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies:
Sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies & UWM Union Cinema 

Exiled: American Deported Veterans
8 Tuesday | Film viewing and discussion
11am-12pm | Fireside Lounge

MAVRC is pleased to announce the showing of “Exiled” on campus in October for Latinx Heritage Month. Please join us, post in your departments, and pass on the information to your networks.

For more information contact Yolanda Medina, Military and Veterans Resource Center,
Sponsored by the Roberto Hernandez Center, Latin American, Caribbean, & U.S. Latin@ Studies, Forward Latino

UndocuAlly Training Part 1
Tuesday | Workshop
2pm-3:30pm | Union 191

This two-part UndocuAlly training will provide information and recommendations for UWM staff, faculty and students to practice allyship through knowledge, awareness, reflection, and action. This training is designed in collaboration with the UWM Undocumented Student Task Force and the Inclusive Excellence Center who oversees the development and implementation of UndocuAlly training at UWM.

For more information contact Alberto Maldonado, Roberto Hernández Center:
Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center, UWM Undocumented Student Task Force, and the Inclusive Excellence Center


Lyrical Sanctuary Presents Christopher Soto
Wednesday | Workshop, Open mic & Feature Performance
7pm-10pm | Inclusive Excellence Center & Fireside Lounge

Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! In celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, this month’s featured artist is Christopher Soto! A Brooklyn based Latinx poet and activist whose work speaks about social justice surrounding people of color and the LGBTQIA+ community. He is the author of “Sad Girl Poems” and editor of “Nepantla: An Anthology Dedicated to Queer Poets of Color.

For more information contact Kiara Rosado, Sociocultural Programming:
Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming & the Campus Activities Board 


4th Annual Latinx Diversity Festival
10 Thursday | Celebration 
11am-2pm | Union Ballroom

Come celebrate Latinx diversity and learn all about 11 Latin American and Caribbean countries and cultures! Enjoy food, crafts and live entertainment at this student-inspired event. 

For more information contact Tere Serna, Roberto Hernández Center:
Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, the Roberto Hernández Center & the Latinx Student Union 


RHC’s Hispanic Heritage Award
11 Friday | Award Recognition
6pm-8pm | Fireside Lounge

Join the Roberto Hernández Center and the UWM community in honoring two Milwaukee community champions, their professional trajectory, accomplishments & contributions. Lupe Martinez who for the last 50 years has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS), and Ricardo Diaz who currently serves as the Executive Director for the United Community Center, the 17th largest Latino Non-profit in the country and whose career spans over 30 years in non-profit management. This event is by RSVP only. 

For more information on how to register contact Tere Serna, Roberto Hernández Center:
Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center