Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Below is a statement sent to the campus community by Interim Vice President Denise Isom marking Hispanic (Latinx) Heritage Month, 2020.
Dear Campus Community:
Each year, we mark Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) by recognizing and celebrating the important contributions Hispanix and Latinx people have made to our nation, state, and university. Although we mark Hispanic Heritage Month remotely this year, Cal Poly’s commitment to creating a more just and inclusive campus community for our Latinx students, faculty, and staff has not wavered — and will not waver.
People of Latinx origin comprise almost 40% of California’s population and make significant contributions to our society. We are proud that more Latinx people make California their home than in any other state in the country.
Join Cal Poly in marking Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 by learning more about the contributions of Latinx people and cultures. Discover the origins of the terms Hispanic and Hispanix, Latino and Latinx. Uncover the history of the National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. Join in the discussion around the State of Latinx at Cal Poly by attending the annual State of Latinx event on Thursday, October 1 from 4:00-5:30PM via Zoom. This year’s theme is Roots of our Heritage: Celebrating our Multi-Generational Stories. The event will feature leaders from around campus sharing their stories and engaging in critical discussions around what it means to be Latinx at Cal Poly. You can register for the Zoom State of Latinx event here.
Dr. Denise Isom
Interim Vice President
Office of University Diversity and Inclusion