Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

North Foundation Hall, Room 104
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309
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(248) 370-4404

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m

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Hispanic Heritage Month

About HHM

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a national recognition of the culture, contributions and heritage of Hispanic Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

It is a long-standing tradition at Oakland University to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month during the month of September to celebrate the history, politics and culture of Hispanic people, locally and globally.


2017 Hispanic Heritage Month has concluded. Planning for next year's events will begin in April 2018.


2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

  • Terry Beltran, Beltran Media
  • Amber Bush, Sigma Delta Pi, President
  • Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Modern Languages & Literature, Spanish, Assistant Professor
  • Anushree Jagtap, Student Program Board, Diversity Director
  • Amy Joa, Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Retention Coordinator
  • Nicole Lucio, Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Assistant Director
  • Jean Ann Miller, Center for Student Activities, Director
  • Angela Milliken, Modern Languages and Literature, Spanish,
  • Bryan Munoz, Spanish Club, President
  • Luna Nasry, Oakland University Student Congress, Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Luis Ramirez, Hispanic American Leaders Organization, Vice President
  • Eduardo Rojas, Spanish Club
  • Cecilia Saenz-Roby, Modern Languages and Literature, Spanish, Associate Professor
  • Andres Salazar, Hispanic American Leaders Organization, President

2017 Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

  • Center for Multicultural Initiatives
  • Oakland University Student Congress
  • School of Business Administration
  • Honors College
  • Department of Modern Languages & Literatures
  • Department of Political Science
  • Disability Support Services
  • Student Affairs Information Technology
  • University Housing
  • Center for Student Activities
  • Hispanic American Leadership Organization
  • Oakland University Student Program Board
  • Student Program Board
  • Spanish Club
  • Sigma Delta Pi
  • Ballroom Dance
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Unity in Diversity Committee
  • Jean Ann Miller