Join the university community in celebrating the history and cultural expressions of the Latinx Community. This year’s Latinx Heritage Celebration theme “¿Dónde Está Mi Gente?” aims to educate and enrich the GW community on Latinx heritage through a series of programs, presentations, and events throughout the months of September and October.
The Latinx Heritage Celebration 2020 committee is comprised of a committed group of Latinx student organization leaders and campus partners who are committed to sharing the full breadth of Latinx culture. This unprecedented year has presented many challenges to our community, however, we strive to make this LHC the best one yet as we ask ourselves ¿Dónde Está Mi Gente? and come together to celebrate our roots.
Find the full calendar below.
Recognized by Hispanic Businesses as one of the “Most Influential Hispanics” and by Latino Magazine as one of the top Lobbyists, Ivan Zapien is decorated by astounding achievements in the world of politics and business. A bilingual lawyer, executive, advocate, lobbyist, and leader.
Earning a J.D from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, an M.A from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, Zapien is no stranger to the Washington, D.C area. His time served as the chief of staff in both the U.S House and Senate gave him knowledge regarding the inner workings of Democratic politics. Additionally, Zapien has served as national outreach director of the House Democratic Caucus as well as executive director of the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.
After his time in politics, Zapien began his work at the No. 1 Fortune 500 company, Walmart. Beginning in D.C, Zapien served as the Vice President for federal government relations and head of Walmart’s Washington office. He then moved to Mexico City to manage communications, government relations, and sustainability efforts for Walmart’s Mexico and Central America branch. These experiences allowed him to gain a knowledge of both domestic and international business, government, and law. Zapien is currently a leader at the international law firm Hogan Lovells at its Government Relations and Advocacy practice in Washington, D.C.
Overall, Ivan Zapien, a proud member of the Latinx community, is an intelligent, multi-faceted, businessman with a vast understanding and mastery of both domestic and international business, politics, and law.
TUESDAY, SEPT 15
Meet the Familia
SEPT 15 EVENT LINK [TBA]
[Description TBA] Hosted by OLAS
SUNDAY, SEPT 20
Latin American Countries' Independence Day
SEPT 20 EVENT LINK
Celebrate your country's Independence Day with MXGWU. We will be celebrating Costa Rica’s, El Salvador’s, Guatemala’s, Honduras, Nicaragua’s, Mexico’s, and Chile’s Independence Day. We will also be giving out free food and there will be music for everyone to get together, dance, and have fun. Hosted by The Mexican Student Association
MONDAY, SEPT 21
Café con Leche
SEPT 21 EVENT LINK
Come and be inspired at our annual night of spoken word, poetry and song. As an LHC tradition, this open mic night serves to celebrate and encourage the arts, while allowing the audience to experience the power that words and music hold. The event is open to all who wish to listen, watch, or perform. Hosted by SLU & OLAS
TUESDAY, SEPT 22
Latinas of Excellence
SEPT 22 EVENT LINK
Be empowered as we come together to learn from the experiences of successful Latina women and get some insight on how to shape your own legacy Join us for a panel discussion on how we can use our voices to empower and support each other, both professionally and personally. Hosted by SLU & LPC
THURSDAY, SEPT 24
A Conversation with Ivan Zapien
6:00 - 7:00 PM
SEPT 24 EVENT LINK
See the "2020 Keynote" tab for more details. Hosted by the GWSPM
FRIDAY, SEPT 25
Real Conversations: COVID-19 in Communities of Color
SEPT 25 EVENT LINK [TBA]
Our goal is to provide a safe & open space to conduct a conversation around public health and its effects on communities of color. Hosted by LPC
TUESDAY, OCT 6
Latinx Professors / Persons at College
OCT 6 EVENT LINK [TBA]
Come and meet Latinx Professors at GW who are at the top of their field in various subjects! Come and make some connections to the faculty who are ready to support all Latinx students at GW! Hosted by OLAS & Casa Blanca
Diálogos Hispanos Speakers’ Series: Congressman Joaquin Castro
OCT 6 EVENT REGISTRATION
The Diálogos Hispanos Speakers’ Series is a new initiative that aims to inspire our community with global leaders who serve as role models; stimulate conversations about the role of Hispanics/LatinX in our global society and public service; and empower Hispanic/LatinX voices. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) represents Texas’ 20th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Guests are required to register online and the event will be held via Zoom.
THURSDAY, OCT 8
OCT 8 EVENT LINK
[Description TBA] Hosted by GW Folklórico
FRIDAY, OCT 9
Netflix Watch Party: Gentefied
OCT 2 EVENT LINK [TBA]
Join the LHC committee in this Netflix Watch Party of Gentefied: A series where cousins come together to save their grandfather’s taco shop and pursue their own dreams as gentrification shakes up their LA neighborhood.. Hosted by the LHC Committee
SUNDAY, OCT 11
Amor Propio: Self-Love
OCT 11 EVENT LINK
[Description TBA] Hosted by the LHC Committee
TUESDAY, OCT 13
LatinXellence: Keeping the Culture Alive
OCT 13 EVENT LINK [TBA]
With a panel of at most 7 members that are student leaders, professors, director of organizations, community organizers, and political figures we will attempt to answer how to keep the afro-latinx culture alive? How do we keep educating one another? Holding each other accountable? Loving one another? Hosted by Alianza
WEDNESDAY, OCT 14
Celebrating the Advancement of Latino Culture: A Conversation with the Friends of the American Latino Museum
6:00 - 7:30 PM
OCT 14 EVENT RSVP
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, you’re invited to join the GW Latino Alumni Network for our first-ever virtual event with Estuardo V. Rodriguez, Jr., President, and CEO, Lili Gil Valletta, CEO & Founder of CIEN, and Danny Vargas, Chairman of the Board for Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), a national advocacy campaign striving for the creation of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino.
THURSDAY, OCT 15
Las Vidas Negras Importan
OCT 15 EVENT LINK
[Description TBA] Hosted by the LHC Committee
Nosotros Votamos Para...
A social media campaign in which people will share pics and thoughts on why they vote, which will be compiled into a promotional video to encourage Latinx people to vote.