latinx heritage month 2022

Autonomy without borders/Autonomía sin fronteras:

For Latinx Heritage Month 2022, we present the theme Autonomy Without Borders/Autonomía Sin Fronteras. Our goal is to highlight the strength and resistance of our communities to human-made barriers such as laws governing bodies, access to basic human rights, the ongoing over extraction of resources affecting the globe and specifically land that resides in indigenous communities, and so forth. In alignment with our mission and vision, we are called to highlight social issues that affect our communities across the nation and the diaspora. 


Dear SDSU community,

The weeks between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15 mark National Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month, a time to honor the culture, traditions and contributions of Hispanic, Chicanx and Latinx communities. As a federally-designated Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), San Diego State University is proud to celebrate the many contributions of our Hispanic, Chicanx and Latinx students, faculty, staff and colleagues.

Though Sept.15-Oct. 15 is an annual time to celebrate Latinx voices and experiences, there are many departments who are engaged in this work throughout the year including: Chicano/a StudiesCenter for Latin American StudiesDepartment of Spanish and Portuguese, Dual Language Education, International AffairsLatina Network, LatinX, ChicanX & Hispanic Faculty Staff Association, and the Office of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Affairs. In addition, dozens of student organizations support the success of Latinx students at San Diego State University.  

All members of the SDSU community are invited to participate in the following program and events:

  • September 26: Supporting Latinx Students will be hosted by the Center for Inclusive Excellence in partnership with the LRC and the Office of HSI and Regional affairs. Participants will leave with tangible ways to support both students in the classroom and other campus environments. The event will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Advance registration is recommended.
  • October 13: Closing Ceremony for the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage month and Pachanga will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Goldberg Courtyard, Student Union. This will be a community celebration with joy, music, food and dancing and you are invited to join in the festivities.
  • October 14: The Latina Network Annual Luncheon, Juntas Podemos: Unidas in Uncertainty will be hosted in SDSU Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center, Fowler Family Ballroom from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Given the recent overturn of Roe V. Wade, the violence that has erupted in our communities across the nation over the years, the wage gap and work inequalities Latinas face, uncertainty is incredibly palpable, especially in our underrepresented populations. The event features keynote speaker, Dra. Inez González Perezchica, MANA de San Diego Executive Director. Tickets are required to attend.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Kick off event & Keynote Zoom recordingView Recording of 2021 Event

Watch the Zoom Recording

The Celebrando Nuestras Raices Planning Committee, which leads the SDSU Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Celebration, invites you to watch the inaugural Kick off ceremony and keynote.


SDSU President Adela de La Torre, Ph.D.
SDSU Provost Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
SDSU Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.

Dra. Cantu in green scarfKEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are honored to welcome Dra. Norma Elias Cantú, as the celebration's inaugural keynote speaker. Dra. Cantú is a nationally renowned and famed author, Chicana scholar, poet and the Murchison Professor in the Humanities at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Her keynote speech will be followed by a panel discussion with student, faculty and community members.



Beatrice Zamora's headshot

Beatrice Zamora

Mexicayotl Indio Cultural Center, Chicano Park Steering Committee, Community Advisory Council of the Centro Cultural de la Raza

Efren Lopez, Ph.D. headshot photo

Efren Lopez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English at San Diego State University, Imperial Valley

Fabrizio Lacarra Ramirez standing with trees in winter coat

Fabrizio Lacarra Ramirez

English Major, Theatre and Film Minor, Creative Writing, San Diego State University

For questions, contact Miriam Castañon, Latinx Resource Center director, at [email protected] or Emilio Ulloa, Associate Chief Diversity Officer for HSI and Regional Affairs, at [email protected]