Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 16th, the anniversary of independence for Mexico, following the the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15th, as well as Chile on September 18. Hispanic Heritage Month concludes on October 17th.

The University of Central Oklahoma celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with celebratory and educational events such as keynote speakers, a documentary and discussions series, kickoff festivities, salsa lessons, authentic Hispanic food and much more.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-off (Wednesday, September 23rd)

  • Will Rogers Room

  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • Join us as we celebrate diverse Hispanic cultures. Professional comedian and creativity lecturer, Esteban Gast, will be speaking about the power of stories and how storytelling and entertainment can be used as an outlet for social change.

Hispanic Chamber Lunch Speaker Series Presents U.S. Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (Monday, September 28th)

  • MetroTech Springlake Campus, 1900 Springlake Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73111

  • 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • Congressman Luis Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives. Gutiérrez played an instrumental role in advocating for executive action to provide deportation relief to undocumented immigrants and their families. Join over 300 individuals to be informed about the latest news on Immigration from a National level expert!

  • Space is limited, register at: http://goo.gl/forms/bmGlE8VLjr

  • UCO will be providing limited transportation. Reserve your space by Thursday, September 24 at https://orgsync.com/63428/forms/160801

Salsa Under the Stars (Wednesday, September 30th)

  • NUC Third Floor Balcony

  • 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

  • Spice up your night with salsa and bachata under the moonlight. For the first hour, learn new steps to use for the rest of the night. Chips and salsa bar to make it extra spicy.

Fiestas de Las Americas (Saturday, October 3rd)

  • Historic Capitol Hill, SW 23rd and Harvey, Oklahoma City

  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Celebrating its 10-year anniversary, Historic Capitol Hill’s Fiestas de las Americas is an award-winning, outdoor festival that celebrates the multi-cultural heritage that exists in Oklahoma. The all-day event features a colorful parade, live music and dance groups, food, drinks, children’s activities, arts, crafts, and much more.  Look for the UCO float in the parade, or contact JMatallana@uco.edu to help decorate.

Financial Workshop with Leigh Singleton, Midfirst Bank (Monday, October 5th)

  • Lillard Adminstration Building 101A

  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Trying to keep your outfits on fleek, but you’re balling on a budget? Come learn about financial strategies, money management, and the good and bad of credit!

Spanish Spelling Bee (Tuesday, October 6th)

  • NUC Second Floor Atrium

  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Do you have what it takes to be our Spanish spelling maestro? Come test your spelling inteligencia and take risks on “double or nothing” preguntas!

Underwater Dreams: Documentary and Discussion (Wednesday, October 7th)

  • Radke Recital Hall, Center for Transformative Learning

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • View this epic documentary about the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learning how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeating engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. Screening followed by facilitated discussion from DREAM Act experts in Oklahoma.

Lotería (Tuesday October 13th)

  • Robert S. Kerr, Room 301

  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Test your luck with Lotería, a game very similar to bingo. Free food, refreshments, fun, and prizes. It will be an awesome time experiencing this Hispanic game.

For more information and events, contact Andy Reza at preza@uco.edu


Contact Us

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • 100 N. University Drive NUC BOX 321
  • Edmond, OK 73034
  • Phone: (405) 974.3588
  • Email: cmatallana@uco.edu

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