HHM Opening Ceremony,

October 5, 2015

4-5:30 PM
SAC Ballroom A

HHM Closing Ceremony,

HHM CALENDAR for more events

HHM Scholarship & Awards



Latin American & Caribbean Studies Center (LACC)

National Association of Puerto Rican Hispanic Social Workers (NAPRHSW)

National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library of Congress

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
Center for Inclusive Education



2011 Provost Lecture Speaker Series: Dr. LUIS ZAYAS

District of Massachusetts
2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Speaker

2014 Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month's 25th Anniversary at Stony Brook University attend The Spanish Harlem Orchestra

2014 Hispanic Heritage Month's 25th Anniversary at Stony Brook University Closing Celebration and Awards Gala

2014 HHM Opening Ceremony with Keynote Speaker, Suffolk County Legislator, Monica Martinez



2011 Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation












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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates 26 years at Stony Brook

The 2015 Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee would like to invite you to celebrate the 26th Annual Opening Ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month. This year the National theme is "Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future". Keeping with this theme we have dedicated this year's celebration to honor Dania Delacampa, one of the founders of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration at Stony Brook, as she retires from Stony Brook. We hope you will be able to share this event with us.



Hispanic and Latino Americans have made distinguished contributions to the United States in all major fields, such as the military, music, literature, philosophy, sports, business and economy, science and politics.  Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and confirmation as the first Hispanic American appointment to the Supreme Court of the United States is a source of pride for all Latinos. Latinos this year are also at the forefront of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and Department of Labor.

These victories  are important because large challenges loom ahead for us especially in the area of immigration reform and the anti-Latino bias that is associated with that issue. Two national reforms would translate our numbers into political influence; The Democracy Restoration Act that would restore voting rights in federal elections to Latino American citizens returning to their communities from incarceration and the Voter Registration Modernization Act which will automate and expand voter registration to millions of eligible Latino Americans and simplify the voting process. 

Our accomplishments are not the culmination of our journey, but rather an important mile marker along the way. This year’s theme was chosen to commemorate not only the striking advancements made by Latinos but to point out that by increasing political awareness and education today, success is inevitable tomorrow. Let us all use our potential to make great gains for our communities and our country in 2015. 

2015 US Presidential Proclamation - National Hispanic Heritage Month


Join us as we celebrate our culture and unique histories. Here is a brief history of Hispanic Heritage Month on a national level courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. 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, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. 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 September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.




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