Welcome to the Co-Curricular and Monthly Events page!
On this page, we will highlight some activities that might be applicable to your classes as well as celebrate important events like Hispanic Heritage Month or Earth Day. Please let us know if there is something in particular you would like to see highlighted; send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large.
The term Hispanic or Latino (or the more recent term Latinx) refers to a person’s culture or origin—regardless of race. On the 2020 Census form, people were counted as Hispanic or Latino or Spanish if they could identify as having Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin."
Hispanic Heritage Month actually began as a commemorative week when it was first introduced in June of 1968 by California Congressman George E. Brown. The push to recognize the contributions of the Latinx community had gained momentum throughout the 1960s when the civil rights movement was at its peak and there was a growing awareness of the United States' multicultural identities.
Brown, who represented East Los Angeles and a large portion of the San Gabriel Valley—both heavily populated by members of the Hispanic and Latinx communities—wanted to recognize the role played by those communities throughout American history.
On September 17, 1968, Congress passed Public Law 90-48, officially authorizing and requesting the president to issue annual proclamations declaring September 15 and 16 to mark the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Week and called upon the “people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe such week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.” President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first Hispanic Heritage Week presidential proclamation the same day.
Pizza and a Movie Series
Join us for pizza and a movie. We will be reflecting and discussing various topics found in the movies we present. These topics have included, but are not limited to: race, racism, white privilege, Native American culture, the history of sports, gender — just to name a few. Since we can't share a pizza together, participants will receive an electronic gift card to Dominos, halfway through the movie. We hope you can join us!