Our August Awareness Emphasis is on Latinx Heritage Awareness

Each month we take time to learn about a new culture or group of people or societal issue to deepen our understanding of the amazing diversity of life!  This month we focus on enhancing our awareness of the heritage and challenges of LatinX communities. 
 

What does LatinX mean, you ask?
 

LatinX is a way of describing a person of Latin American origin or descent which is used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina.
 

What is the difference between Latino and Hispanic?
 

Are you wondering what the difference is between the terms Hispanic and Latino? While Hispanic usually refers to people with a Spanish-language background, LatinX is typically used to identify people who hail from Latin America. 
 

Here's a list of eight suggestions for how to celebrate and immerse ourselves in learning about LatinX Heritage 
 

1. Honor Hispanic People - ask and listen to their life stories with a heart for learning about their experiences.
 

2. Appreciate Hispanic Art...Take a look at some of the great Hispanic artists that have shaped Western art and culture.
Diego Velázquez (1599 – 1660)
Francisco Goya (1746 – 1828)
José Clemente Orozco (1883 – 1949)
Frida Kahlo (1907 – 1954)
Diego Rivera (1886 – 1957)
Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973)
Joan Miró (1893 – 1983)

 

Take the Museum Online Museum Tour: A Collection in Context:
The Hispanic Society of America

Produced by the Media Center for Art History at Columbia University
 
3. Read Hispanic Literature...
“The God Who Sees: Immigrants, The Bible, and the Journey to Belong"  by Karen Gonzalez
DEAR AMERICA: NOTES OF AN UNDOCUMENTED CITIZEN by Jose Antonio Vargas
ONCE I WAS YOU by Maria Hinojosa
 
4. Listen to the Music of Talented Hispanic Performers...Carlos Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Julio and Enrique Iglesias, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, and so many more!
5. Discover Hispanic-American History...
more examples to come!
6. Have Fun the Hispanic Way...
7. Explore the Hispanic World...
8. Dine the Hispanic Way--no examples needed!