September 15 is the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. It is also the first day of National Latino Heritage Month, which is September 15 through October 15 each and year when all of America celebrate the rich cultures and contributions of Americans who have families and roots in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Spain.
According to the US Census Bureau, Latinos make up 55 million people in the United States, the largest ethnic minority in the country. At SDCE Latinos also represent the largest ethnicity of our student populations. I find many comparisons to our SDCE students when I think about Latinos in the United States. Just as many Latinos have come to this country for different reasons and via different paths; they are here to participate in the rich diversity that makes up the best part of any community.
Americans first observed the importance of celebrating Latino Heritage Month as a national recognition in 1968 and the observance became law in 1988.