Through Oct. 15: Events celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

hispanic-heritage-monthPULLMAN, Wash. – Film, music, food and discussion will mark Hispanic Heritage Month at Washington State University, beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the CUB junior ballroom with a keynote address by Victor Villanueva, WSU Regents professor, and music led by WSU Latin-ska band “Landrace.”

Victor Villanueva

The Office of Multicultural Student Services coordinates the annual celebration Sept. 15-Oct. 15. This year’s theme is “Nuestra Poder, Voz y Voto: Our Power, Voice and Vote.”

For a list of events, see
. All are free to the public unless otherwise noted.

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and 18, respectively. Columbus Day, or Día de la Raza, is Oct. 12.