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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at these UCOP events

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“For me, history remains a grand adventure, one which began at the kitchen table listening to the stories of my mother and grandmother and then took flight aboard the local bookmobile. As a historian, I have had the privilege of interviewing people whose quiet courage made a difference in their lives and in their communities.” ~ Vicki L. Ruiz


National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHM) pays tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society. Celebrated from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, NHHM highlights the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Please join your colleagues at the following UCOP events, which not only celebrate this history but continue a tradition of activism designed to improve life for all Americans.


UPDATE: This event has been POSTPONED and will be rescheduled
Lunchtime talk: Why Latino History Matters to U.S. History

Speaker: Professor Vicki L. Ruiz, Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at UC Irvine and first Latina recipient of the National Humanities Medal. An expert in 20th century U.S. history, Ruiz has dedicated much of her nearly 40-year academic career to reclaiming the stories of Latinas who have fought for civil and labor rights.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 4
Time: 12 to 1 p.m. (doors open at 11:45 a.m.)
Location: Franklin Lobby 1

Questions about this event? Contact or


Volunteer activity: Hispanic Heritage Month Read-Aloud at ASCEND School

In collaboration with Office of the President Professional Community (OPPC), the UCOP Latino Staff Association (LaSA) is supporting a two-hour volunteer activity at ASCEND K-8 School to share the work of Latino/a writers and illustrators through various reading-based activities. Check out the Link article for more details and consider volunteering.

Date: Thursday, Oct. 6
Time: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: ASCEND School @ 3709 E. 12th St., Oakland

Questions about this event? Contact OPPC Chair Kay Francesca Coelho at


Lunchtime talk with UC Student Regent Marcela Ramirez and UC Student Regent Designate Paul Monge

Ramirez and Monge share their UC stories and talk about the work they are doing on behalf of all students throughout the university.

Date: Friday, Oct. 14
Time: 12 to 1 p.m. (doors open at 11:45 a.m.)
Location: Franklin Lobby 1

Questions about this event? Contact or


More information about NHHM:

Begun in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, it was expanded in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. The date Sept. 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Photo on home page of Link: Cesar Chavez, Migrant Workers Union Leader, July 1972. Credit: U.S. National Archives

Photo on this page: La Cuesta Rancho, Santa Barbara County, 1892. Credit: Santa Barbara Historical Society and Black Gold Cooperative Library System.


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