Heritage month celebrations
National Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month dates back to 1968, when it was established as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon B. Johnson. The week was expanded in 1988 to the now full month of observation. Sept. 15 marks the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, while Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.
Filipinx History Month is acknowledged during the month of October to recognize the
important presence of Filipinos in the United States and celebrate the group's heritage
and culture. October was designated Filipinx History Month because the earliest documented
proof of Filipino presence in the contintental United States was on Oct. 18, 1587
when the first "Luzones Indios" set foot in Morro Bay, Ca.
November marks National Native American Indian Heritage Month, which provides a platform for Native people to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and ways and concepts of life. A series of events are scheduled at SDSU each November to help students and visitors explore, honor and celebrate Native culture.
February is the designated month to celebrate and honor African Americans. Blacks have significantly impacted the development of the social, political, and economic structures of the United States and the world. Credit for the evolving awareness of blacks' proper place in history, in large part, be bestowed on one man, Carter G. Woodson.
Women's History Month is celebrated every March in recognition of women's rights and the ongoing efforts for intersectional gender justice. During Women's History Month, students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a wide variety of programming that highlights feminist activism, centers folks who face multiple, intersecting forms of oppression, and offers spaces to celebrate our resilience.
To coincide with the Arab American Heritage Month, which is observed in April, the SDSU Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR) is hosting its inaugural Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) Heritage Series. The goal of the series is to increase awareness about the vibrant history, cultures, experiences, contributions, and resiliency of the SWANA community. All members of the SDSU community are invited to participate in our virtual events.
SDSU's Student Ability Success Center celebrates its annual Disability Awareness Month in October with a series of campus programs to promote the diverse culture and abilities of people with disabilities.
May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month, which serves as a national celebration of the history, contributions, and achievements of APIDA communities. This month was designated to commemorate the first Japanese immigration to the United States on May 7, 1853, while also honoring the Chinese immigrants who worked to complete the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.
SDSU is partnering with the Anti-Defamation League and Hillel to introduce new initiatives toward creating a more inclusive community for Jewish students, faculty and staff. Beginning in fall 2021, these and other initiatives will be launched through a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in San Diego and Hillel to offer interventions that address antisemitism while also supporting Jewish inclusion at SDSU and elsewhere.
San Diego State University invites alumni to join the upcoming celebration of San Diego Pride, including an annual mixer and happy hour for SDSU alumni and friends. SDSU is recognized as one of the top 25 colleges and universities in the country for LGBTQ+ students by the Campus Pride Index, and we are honored to host and participate in this year’s events.
2021 Welcome back mixers
See below for the 2021 list of Welcome Back Mixers!