Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month at UWM 2017
Una celebración de nuestras comunidades
A Celebration of Our Communities

Hispanic 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-Latino, Chicano, Latin American, Caribbean, Spanish and indigenous descent in the United States.

National Hispanic 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 include:

  • Roberto Hernández Center
  • Union Art Gallery
  • Studio Arts & Craft Centre
  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies Program
  • LGBT Resource Center
  • Inclusive Excellence Center
  • Women’s Resource Center
  • Latino Student Union
  • Manfred Olsen Planetarium
  • Union Sociocultural Programming



International Coffee Hour presents Puerto Rico
Thursday, September 21 | Social & Presentation
2:30-3:30pm | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)
Free and open to UWM students, faculty, and staff

International Coffee Hour is an event designed for students to not only network and meet new people, but to ask questions and gain global knowledge through the experiences of others. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we will be kicking off the school year by exploring Puerto Rico! From the El Yunque tropical rain forest to sandy coasts, students are invited to expand their palates with delicious treats and coffee while learning about the rich history of this Caribbean island.

For more information, contact: Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: 414-229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Student Involvement – Sociocultural Programming, the Inclusive Excellence Center and the Roberto Hernández Center.


Voces de la Resistencia: Contemporary Latinx Activist Artists
Friday, September 22 – Friday, October 13 | Art Exhibition
12-5pm Mon-Fri; 12-7pm Thu | Union Art Gallery

Opening Reception: Friday, September 22, 5-8pm; Artist Talk at 7pm

Featuring Dignidad Rebelde, a graphic arts collaboration between Oakland, California-based artist-activists Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes, alongside Milwaukee-based artist-activist collective Voces de los Artistas.

For more information, contact: Selena Erdman, Union Art Gallery: 414-229-6310 / serdman@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Union Art Gallery and Sociocultural Programming.


Conversation & Reading with Haitian Novelist and Essayist, Yanick Lahens
Friday, September 22 | Conversation & Reading
4-6pm | Special Collections, 4th Floor, Golda Meir Library

With her award-winning novel Bain de Lune translated into English and appearing in September 2017, Yanick Lahens returns to UWM to read from and discuss her works and their settings to offer a complex and sensitive portrait of Haiti.

For more information, contact: Sarah Davies Cordova, French, Italian and Comparative Literature: 414-229-4382 / cordovas@uwm.edu. Sponsored by FICL, CLACS, Special Collections, Africology, Alliance Française and the Consulate General of France, Chicago.


Latino Diversity Festival
Tuesday, September 26 | Music & Activities
10:30am-1:30pm | Union Ballroom East

This event will inform UWM students & staff about the diversity within the Latino community on campus based on the major Latino cultures in the U.S. Ten Latin American countries will be represented. Food, music, crafts & live entertainment will be provided.

For more information, contact: Valeria Gonzalez, Roberto Hernández Center: 414-229-6156 / valeria@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Roberto Hernández Center and UWM Student Involvment – Sociocultural Programming.


LACUSL Lecture Series:  Jon Kahl, PreColumbian Monuments and Acid Rain
Tuesday, September 26 | Lecture
3-4:30pm | AGSL, 3rd floor Golda Meir Library

Professor Jon Kahl will talk about the short-term study abroad in Mexico offered each Winterim, focused on the effects of acid rain on Pre-Columbian monument sites.

For more information, contact: Gabriel Rei-Doval, Department of Spanish & Portuguese: 414-229-4912 / reidoval@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Major in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies.


Mother Earth, Father Sky: The Taino Culture
Wednesday, September 27 | Performance & Stargazing
7pm & 8:30pm | UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium

Experience the Pre-Columbian Taino culture of the Antilles with two back-to-back shows at UWM’s Planetarium. Enjoy live music between shows at 8pm. The show features information on the Taino culture, real artifacts from the period, and free refreshments.

For more information, contact: Alberto Maldonado, Roberto Hernandez Center: 414-229-1169 / donpepe@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium, Roberto Hernández Center, and UWM Student Involvment – Sociocultural Programming.


6th Lusophone and Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
Friday, September 29 – Saturday, September 30 | Symposium
Various Times | UWM Curtin Hall (3243 N. Downer Avenue)

This Symposium will include presentations on different fields of descriptive, applied, social and theoretical linguistics from a synchronic or diachronic perspective. Language contact issues will be highlighted.

For more information, contact: Sarah Davies Cordova, French, Italian and Comparative literature: 414-229-4382 / cordovas@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Major in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies and the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese at UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison.


The History and Current Legal Status of the Sanctuary City Movement
Tuesday, October 3 | Brown Bag Lecture
12-1pm | Union 280

Professor Joseph A. Rodriguez will speak on the history of the Sanctuary movement from the 1980s to the present with a discussion of the current debate over the legal status of Sanctuary cities.

For more information, contact: Joseph A. Rodriguez, Department of History and Urban Studies, 414-229-3963 / joerod@uwm.edu. Sponsored by UWM Student Involvement – Sociocultural Programming, the Roberto Hernández Center, and the American Association of University Professors.


Latin American and Caribbean Studies Potluck
Tuesday, October 10 | Potluck
7-8pm | Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, NWQB Room 2484

Join students, faculty and staff who are passionate about Latin American and Caribbean Studies for a meet and greet potluck. Learn about the Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and meet great people.

For more information, contact: Alida Cardós Whaley, Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies (LACUSL): 414-229-4703 / alida@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies.


Latinx: Complicating Identities / Beyond the Gender Binary
Thursday, October 12 | Workshop
2-4pm | Inclusive Excellence Center (Union 119)

A workshop contextualizing the use of the terms “Hispanic,” “Latina/o” to the present day “Latinx,” exploring how “Latinx” crafts space beyond the gender binary towards greater inclusivity. Tools for classroom, workspace and social applications will be shared.

For more information, contact: Alida Cardós Whaley, Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latin@ Studies (LACUSL): 414-229-4703 / alida@uwm.edu. Sponsored by LACUSL and the UWM LGBT Resource Center.


Latina Student Reception
Thursday, October 12 | Reception
6-8pm | Union Fireside Lounge

This annual tradition begins and ends with time for refreshments, socializing and community building among Latina students and Latina faculty, staff and community leaders. A panel discussion will inspire all! Learn about campus and community resources available to support you.

For more information, contact: Gwen Sekhon, Women’s Resource Center: 414-229-2852 / gksekhon@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Women’s Resource Center, LACUSL, UWM Student Involvement – Sociocultural Programming and the Roberto Hernández Center.


Hispanic Heritage Month Award
Friday, October 13 | Reception
6-8pm | UWM Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive
RSVP required

Join the Roberto Hernández Center and the UWM community in honoring the accomplishments and contributions of Dinorah Marquez, who for the last 14 years has served as the Founder and Director of the Latino Arts Strings program at the United Community Center. Through her work, Dinorah has developed one of the most remarkable strings programs in the country. She has helped train hundreds of Latino youth in the Milwaukee community and has taken her music and students to different parts of the country and the world.

This event is by RSVP only. For more information, contact the Roberto Hernández Center: 414-229-6156 / donpepe@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Roberto Hernández Center.