Please join FEW in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 – October 15. The 2022 theme is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
This recognition began in the same year as FEW – 1968 – when President Lyndon Johnson declared the first Hispanic Heritage Week; and was expanded twenty years later by President Ronald Reagan who began the 30-day period now known as National Hispanic Heritage Month. September 15 is a significant date 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 September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.
Approximately 3.5% of FEW members identify as Hispanic/Latino. To these colleagues, please know that we are proud that you consider FEW your professional home. We celebrate you and wish one and all a happy National Hispanic Heritage Month!