Office of Diversity and Inclusion - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma

Hispanic Heritage Month

The University of Central Oklahoma Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with keynote speaker Michael Brooks-Jimenez 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in Nigh University Center (NUC) Ballroom A on Central’s campus.

Central’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities take place on campus and throughout the Oklahoma City metro.

The month of events includes:

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff: Wednesday, September 14th from 1:00pm to 2:30pm in the Nigh University Center Ballroom A

Join us as we celebrate diverse Hispanic cultures. Immigration attorney and community developer, Michael Brooks-Jimenez, will be our keynote speaker.

Linwood Elementary: Friday, September 16th

Students from the Hispanic American Student Association will visit Linwood and speak about the Hispanic Culture.

Fiesta Patrias at Plaza Mayor (at the crossroads): Sunday, September 18th from 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrating Mexico’s independence from European control. UCO community is welcomed to attend. Entry will cost $10.00.

Lunch and Listen with Dr. Iliana Rocha: Wednesday, September 28th, 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the Nigh University Center, Robert S. Kerr Room (NUC 301) 

Come out and join HASA while we fellowship over lunch and listen to excerpts from Dr. Rocha’s writing.

Fiestas de Las Americas 2016: Saturday, October 1st from 8:00am to 8:00pm in the Historic Capitol Hill business district Calle Dos Cinco (SW 25th St)

Students from the Hispanic American Student Association at UCO will be volunteering at the 11th annual Historic Capitol Hill’s Fiestas de las Americas. Fiestas de las Americas is an outdoor festival that celebrates the multi-cultural heritage that exists in Oklahoma.  There will be food, drinks, children’s activities, arts, crafts, music and dance groups. The UCO community is welcomed to attend this event.

Salsa under the Stars: Thursday, October 6th from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Nigh University Center balcony

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.

Cesar Chavez: Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm in The Liberal Arts building, Pegasus Theater

Join the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and learn about the impact Cesar Chavez had on gaining rights for Hispanics in America.

Observed nationally since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and traditionally recognized Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 15, as well as Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and 18. Today, the month has grown to include all Hispanic cultures.

Latinx or Hispanic: What’s the Difference: Wednesday, October 12th, 12:00pm to 1:30pm in the Nigh University Center, Heritage Room (NUC 326)

There is confusion around the terms Hispanic and Latino or Latinx to be gender neutral. Some individuals use them interchangeably but is that correct? Come join HASA as we discuss these terms and other issues involving race with Dr. Rosa Bird. Lunch will be served.

Cultural Appropriation event with Native American Student Association: Thursday, October 13th, 12:00pm, room TBD

Join HASA and NASA along with a panel of faculty, staff and students as they discuss stereotypes, misrepresentations, and how both Native American and Hispanic American culture are viewed (ex. mascots, Halloween costumes, etc.)

Most events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Carol Moore at


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