Latinx Heritage Month At John Jay: September 17 – November 1

Latinx Heritage Month At John Jay: September 17 – November 1

Latinx Heritage Month At John Jay: September 17 – November 1

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John Jay College is excited to present a calendar of events celebrating Latinx Heritage Month. Being a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with a 47% Hispanic student body, it’s an important time to acknowledge the many achievements and vital contributions from the Latinx community.

“I hope this month’s events—as well as our ongoing, year-long events on Latinx communities—serves to further educate the College and national community of the strong contributions people from across the Caribbean and Latin America have made to our societies,” says Jodie Roure, Associate Professor in the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department. “Latinx students need to understand their long history of contributions to the creation of the United States. We hope that this month highlights the nexus and commonalities between racial and ethnic groups, all of which are immigrants to the U.S.A.”

“Latinx students need to understand their long history of contributions to the creation of the United States. We hope that this month with highlight the nexus and commonalities between racial and ethnic groups, all of which are immigrants to the U.S.A.”—Professor Jodie Roure

With events including panel discussions, in-depth presentations, informative workshops, a musical performance, a museum trip, and an uplifting movie, Latinx Heritage Month allows everyone in the John Jay community to embrace Hispanic culture, fight for social justice, and engage in community discussions.

What is Latinx Heritage Month?
Beginning on September 15th and ending on October 15th, National Latinx Heritage Month is a time to recognize the contributions Latinx people have made in the United States. Including all 21 Spanish speaking countries, ranging from the Caribbean, South America, and Africa, our Latinx Heritage Month celebration is a reminder to Hispanic students of their ancestors’ immigrant stories, the long journey for acceptance, and the continual battle against social injustices Latinx members are still facing.

What Events Are Happening?
There’s a packed roster of events for Latinx Heritage Month, covering everything from serious topics, such as diversity in the workforce, to lighter events, like a screening of the movie Coco. The festivities start on Monday, September 17th with an an opening Reception in L.61, followed by talks on September 20th discussing upward mobility and war depicted in literature.

Then on September 24th, Professor José Luis Morín, Chair of the Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department, presents  “Understanding Hispanic Institutions: Background and Context for Serving Latinx Students.” This presentation dives deep into the history, culture, politics and social justice issues that are impacting HSI communities, and kicks off the HSI speaker series, helping the John Jay community embrace, explore, and promote our identity as an HSI.

Roure will participate in a panel discussion on the effort she and several John Jay students made during the 2018 spring break Puerto Rico hurricane relief efforts. “I’m really looking forward to participating with students on this panel. We will be discussing the post-hurricanes student brigade I led in an effort to engage our community to continue volunteering and assist people suffering daily,” says Roure.

These are just a few of the upcoming Latinx Hertiage Month events happening at John Jay. The following weeks are loaded with discussions on topics such as: Queer Latinx Pride, Puerto Rico and the Legacy of Jim Crow, and Latinx art. President Mason encourages everyone in the John Jay community to participate.

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