Latinx Community

The Latinx community at the George Washington University (GW) is a diverse group of students, faculty and staff, who represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences unified under the goal of cultural awareness. Currently, Latinx student enrollment is 7.5% at the undergraduate level and 5% at the graduate level at GW.

With 12 student organizations promoting the values and traditions of North American, Central American, South American and Caribbean cultures, Latinx programs include culture shows, distinguished guest lectures and other educational events.

From September 15 to October 15, GW celebrates Latinx heritage showcasing the rich history, culture and accomplishments of the Latinx community. The Multicultural Student Services Center provides logistical support for Latinx organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness. 

Latinx Heritage Celebration

In 1988, September 15 through October 15 was officially designated as Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) by the federal government. This proclamation, signed by President Ronald Reagan, came after several decades of advocacy, passion and persistence from community and political leaders. Nationally, HHM encompasses South and Central America, the Caribbean and Spain. The George Washington University (GW) presented its first annual Latino Heritage Celebration (LHC) in 1996. Promoting the values and traditions of South and Central America, the Caribbean and Spanish cultures, LHC programs include student culture shows, performers, distinguished guest lectures, seminars and educational events. The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content and ideological support for Latinx organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout LHC. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in LHC. All activities related to LHC are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for Latinx culture. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).

2018 LHC

The George Washington University

2018 Latinx Heritage Celebration

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Monday, September 17

Keynote Address: Prisca Dorcas

7pm | Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

Doors open at 6:30pm.


Tuesday, September 18

The Latino List: The Stories of Inspirational Latinos

7pm | MSSC, Room 209

Enjoy a fun night watching HBO’s The Latino List. The Latino List is a collection of stories from Latinos in all professions- from actors and musicians to activists and lawyers. Come and stop by to hear inspiring stories and advice from Latinos such as America Ferrera, Sonia Sotomayor, José Moreno Hernández, and Sandra Cisneros.


Wednesday, September 19

Let’s Talk, Latino Style: Shattering Mental Health Stigma 

6pm | MSSC, Basement

Be empowered as we create a platform for Latinos on campus to share their truths/ perspective on mental health. Be prepared to walk away with allies in mental health, as well as a vision board to remember each of us have a purpose. 


Saturday, September 22

Latino Votes - OLAS

12pm | Columbia Heights

Join us as we register individuals to vote in Columbia Heights for Midterm Elections. This is an action to increase the low voting rates within our Latinx community. 


Tuesday, September 25

Latinas of Excellence

7pm | Marvin Center, Room 308

Be empowered as we learn from the experiences of these successful women, and gain insight on ways you can begin to create and shape your legacy as a young professional. Join us for a panel discussion with Latinas in various professional roles.


Thursday, September 27

Cafe con Leche

7pm | Marvin Center, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre

Be inspired at our annual night of spoken word, poetry and song. This LHC tradition celebrates and encourages these arts while allowing the audience to experience the power that words hold. The event is open to all who wish to listen, watch, or perform.


Wednesday, October 3

Afro-Latinx: A Community Within A Community

7pm | Marvin Center, Amphitheater

Engage in a conversation on the importance and influence of the Afro-Latinx community within the broader Latinx community here at GW and throughout the United States.


Wednesday, October 10

Pan-American Perspectives: Indigenous Solidarity in Activism

7pm | Marvin Center, Amphitheater & Room 302

Join us for an indigenous activist panel and post-event reception in celebration of Latinx Heritage Celebration. Panelists will discuss how to construct and strengthen solidarity among Indigenous communities across the Americas.


Saturday, October 13

Ponte Las Pilas: A Day of Service

12pm | Columbia Heights

Participate in a day of service in our community! All are welcome to participate and celebrate Latinx heritage as we give back to our community.


Wednesday, October 17

Latin American Film Series: No Le digas a Nadie

7pm | MSSC, Room 209

Join Casa Blanca for a film screening of "No Le Digas a Nadie," a documentary following immigrant activist Angy Rivera on her personal story about being undocumented and surviving sexual abuse.


Saturday, October 20

23rd Annual: La Fiestasa

8pm | Marvin Center, Continental Ballroom

Join us for an unforgettable night as we celebrate the diversity of Latinx identity! Don't miss out on this night filled with food, music, dancing, and performances!


Sponsored By: LGBTQIA Resource Center, Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute, Organization of Latino American Students, Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc., Casa Blanca, GW Fuego, League of United Latin American Citizens, Students for Indigenous and Native American Rights, and the GW Student Association.