Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI)

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

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

Image of Bryan Munoz, looking at camera with hispanic heritage posters around him.

Hispanic Heritage Month


2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Immigration Film Festival

Hispanics already represent close to 17% of the U.S. population and have accounted for half of the demographic growth in recent years. Come join us for a series of documentary viewings on immigration as well as a round table of experts to discuss the issues that are impacting the Hispanic communities at the present time.

Thursday, September 16 | Jueves 16 de Septiembre

Viewing of documentary Missing in Brooks County followed by Q&A with director Jeff Bemiss
Oakland Center, Gold Rooms B & C | 6 p.m.
Register Here (This event can be attended in person or via zoom)

Thursday, September 23 | Jueves 23 de Septiembre

Viewing of Rodrigo Reyes’ Purgatorio, viaje al corazón de la frontera
Virtual | 6 p.m.
Register Here 

Thursday, September 30 | Jueves 30 de Septiembre

Round table on Immigration with region leaders and experts
Virtual | 6 p.m.
Register Here 

Wednesday, October 13 | Miércoles 13 de Octubre

Discussion of Alex Rivera & Cristina Ibarra’s film The Infiltrators with OU Faculty and Students
This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series. (viewing online available for registered participants).
Virtual | 6:30 p.m.
Register Here 

Sponsored by Mexican Consulate, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, School of Nursing, and Beaumont School of Medicine

Tuesday, October 5 | Martes 5 de Octubre

The Cajamarca Encounter revisited: Pedro Castillo, president of Peru
Virtual | 1 – 2:45 p.m.
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Speaker: Dr. Ivan Reyna, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Missouri-Columbia

Using the “Cajamarca encounter”, one of the most iconic historical events of the conquest, as a point of departure, this presentation aims to provide a general idea of the history of Peru and how this historical awareness helps us to understand the political crisis in which Peru is immerse today.

Co-sponsored by Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Sigma Delta Pi, HALO and Spanish Club

Thursday, October 7 | Jueves 7 de Octubre

Una coza y coza muy maraviyoza
Jewish Communities in Mexico 
A conversation with Jacobo Sefami
Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom A | 10 - 11 a.m.
Register Here (This event can be attended in person or via zoom)

Mexico is home to a large and diverse Jewish community whose members hail back from places as diverse as Syria, Turkey, Poland, or Ukraine. Like in the United States, Jewish communities in Mexico have had to negotiate their own ethnic and religious identities in the larger context of the country’s national narratives.
Writer Jacobo Sefami is himself a Syrian Jew that grew up in Mexico. He will guide us through the maze of cross-cultural references that have contributed to consolidate Jewish Mexican identity.

Co-sponsored by Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and Center for Religious Studies


Oakland Center, Founders Ballroom | 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Register Here (This event can be attended in person or via zoom)

Hispanics account for 24% of car sales in the US and are expected to be the leading growth engine of the automotive market for the next decades.
Come join us for a discussion of current opportunities in the Hispanic market as well as valuable insights into viable career paths for Spanish speakers in the automotive industry.

Co-sponsored by Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and School of Engineering and Computer Science

Friday, October 8 | Viernes 8 de Octubre

OU Homecoming Movie - "In the Heights"
Oakland Center, The Habitat | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. (Movie will begin at 7)

Free showing of the movie “In the Heights” with Hispanic Happy Half Hour before the start of the movie. 

Sponsored by the Office for Student Involvement

Friday, October 15 | Viernes 15 de Octubre

Ballet Folklorico de Detroit Performance
Oakland Center Banquet Room A | 7 p.m.

Join us for a performance from this Detroit based group of passionate dancers who dedicate their time, passion and talent to showcase traditional dances from Mexico. The performance will also be live streamed.

Sponsored by Oakland University Student Congress

Community Events

Tuesday, September 28 | Martes 28 de Septiembre

Getting Ready for College: Financial Aid and Admissions Workshop
Presenters: Greg Ashe (OU Financial Aid Office) and Ruthie Paula (OU Admission Office)
Virtual | 5 – 7 p.m.
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Bilingual presentation for high school students and parents

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.


2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Committee

  • Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, Modern Languages & Literature, Spanish, Assistant Professor
  • Murryum Farooqi, Oakland University Student Congress, Diversity and Inclusion Director
  • Nicole Lucio, Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Assistant Director
  • Jean Ann Miller, Center for Student Activities, Director
  • Cecilia Saenz-Roby, Modern Languages and Literature, Spanish, Associate Professor

2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

  • Center for Multicultural Initiatives

  • Oakland University Student Congress

  • Office for Student Involvement

  • Hispanic American Leadership Organization

  • Spanish Club

  • Sigma Delta Pi

  • Department of Modern Languages and Literatures