Latinx Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of American citizens who come from (and whose ancestors came from) Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The observation started as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and expanded to a month-long annual celebration by President Ronald Reagan, September 15 through October 15.
SDCE adopted the culturally preferred term Latinx, an alternative gender binary reference to Latino and Latina. Families across the United States share their Latinx pride this month, through storytelling, preparing traditional dishes and showcasing their colorful art, music and dance.
Latinx students make up 34% of SDCE’s student population—the largest group of students served. Yet, Latinx are still the most underrepresented ethnic group in academia and the largest minority group in America. As a Latinx-serving higher education institution, we must continue to celebrate diversity; remind our students that being bilingual is a strength; that their culture is rich in history and that they too can excel in career and college.
The San Diego Union Tribune (SDUT) reports, San Diego County is home to 799,357 foreign-born residents. They are restaurant owners, doctors, university professors, engineers and almost every kind of pursuit imaginable. SDUT featured SDCE’s Research Associate, Nancy Cortes in Our Immigrant Story:
Thank you Cortes, and all SDCE faculty, classified professionals and administrators for embracing our Latinx students, their persistence and their challenges and especially for leading them forward.