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Latinx Heritage Celebration 2021
Honoring Our Roots.
Embracing Our Future.

Join the university community in celebrating the history and cultural expressions of the GW Latinx Community.  Spanish is one of many gendered languages that default to a masculine end if both genders are present. The term “Latinx” refers to people of Latin American origin or descent used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latino or Latina.  Latinx Heritage Month is the National Holiday that celebrates and honors the history, culture, influence, achievements, and contributions of Latinx and Hispanic communities at GW, in the America's, and throughout the world.This year’s Latinx Heritage Celebration theme “HONORING OUR ROOTS. EMBRACING OUR FUTURE.” inspires our thinking around historic Latin traditions and values, their integration into American culture throughout history, and the optimism of Latin people as we continue to pave our path forward. Join us for a four-week series of virtual programs, presentations, and events from September 15 through October 15.

The Latinx Heritage Celebration Committee 2021 and the Advisory Committee, composed of a committed group of Latinx student organization leaders, faculty, and campus partners remain committed to sharing the full breadth of Latinx culture. This unprecedented eighteen-month-long pandemic presented many challenges to the social fabric of our community; however, we are driven to acknowledge this year's theme “Honoring our Roots. Embracing our Future."

Find the full calendar below.


Latinas of Excellence

7:00 PM

Join the Hermanas of Theta Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. to learn more out the trailblazing Latina women who are creating progress in the latinx community.  Hosted by the Theta Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/ Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. and the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.


A Conversation with Puerto Rico’s Governor, Pedro Pierluisi, JD '84

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Join GW President Thomas LeBlanc, Ph.D., and GW Law Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew, J.D., Ph.D., for a conversation with Puerto Rico’s Governor, Pedro Pierluisi, JD '84. The Governor will open up about the experiences, challenges, and successes faced throughout his distinguished career. Additionally, he will talk about the highlights of his trajectory before, during, and after his time at GW Law. The Governor will engage with GW faculty, alumni, and students. Hosted by GW Law

Please register here.

Conchas con Café

7:00 - 9:00 PM
District House North Affinity, Fourth Floor

Unwind and make your desired cafecito with Casa Blanca! Anticipate a night to relax and recharge the way we know best, with our community! Hosted by GW Casa Blanca


Vision Board Making: I Get Everything I Want Cause I Attract It

8:00 PM
University Student Center, Room 407

Join the Alianza in attracting your ideal future. Begin to visualize different areas of your life (relationships, academics, career, financial, personal growth) and plan out the bigger picture on your individual vision boards. Hosted by ALIANZA


Real Conversations: The Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

8:00 PM
MSSC, Room 209

Join us to have a real conversation about the atrocities happening in our backyards. This conversation will offers a space for individuals from all communities to voice their perspectiveson the border crisis. The discussion will be guided by a presentation that providesaccurate information on the reality at the border. Hosted by the Theta Chapter of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc.


Game Night with Casa Blanca

7:00 - 10:00 PM
District House North Affinity, Fourth Floor

Loteria, dominos, uno .. You name it! Join Casa Blanca in welcoming you to the annual Casa Blanca game night. Be prepared to vibe over music, food and beverages. Hosted by GW Casa Blanca


Meet La Familia

6:00 - 9:00 PM
University Student Center, Grand Ballroom

Grab a friend, roommate, professor, or teammate and join us on (insert date and time) to meet our Familia! Create bonds and share stories over some delicious cultural dishes and learn more about the latinx community here at GW. After Meet La Familia, a Latinx Professor Talks Panel Pt. 2 will be held. The first Latinx Professor Talks was held virtually, but now that we will be in-person it will be an amazing opportunity for students to engage in dialogue with Latinx professors. They will be able to ask questions regarding to academia, life experiences, and how to navigate GW as a Latinx student.  Hosted by GW OLAS


GWupstart Changemakers Speaker Series: Dr. Tahilin Sanchez Karver and Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz

5:30 PM
Honey W Nashman Center, 4th Floor Conference Room

GWupstart presents this year's speaker/workshop series to assist students build awareness of social innovation and related skills and practices from experts creating change in the community. GWupstart Speaker Series. will enable students to apply what they learn in the classroom to social innovation, service, or capstone action research projects and provide tools, resources, and support to continue to inspire you as a citizen leader and innovator.

In Celebration of Latinx Heritage Month, our first Guest Speakers are Dr. Tahilin Sanchez Karver and Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz. Dr. Tahilin Sanchez Karveris a social and behavioral scientist with over 10 years of public health research and practice experience. Her work has focused on exploring the influence of social-structural determinants of health on quality of life and health outcomes. Dr. Carlos Rodriguez-Diaz is a community health scientist with over fifteen years of experience practicing public health and conducting action research in Puerto Rico, the United States of America, and the Caribbean Region. His work has focused on infectious diseases, particularly HIV care and prevention, as well as sexual health promotion and health equity through actions on the social determinants of health.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, consider attending the next GWupstart Speaker Series on Thursday, October 14th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm ET. Please visit our event page to register. Hosted by GWupstart

Boxed In: Breaking Stereotypes of Latino Identity in Journalism

6:00 PM

We will discuss the challenges and stereotypes that continue in U.S. mainstream news when it comes to stories about Latinos in America and the expectations Latino journalists face when covering specific beats. Panelists include broadcast pioneer Ray Suarez and the Society of Professional Journalists President Rebecca Aguilar. Hosted by the School of Media and Public Affairs and the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute


Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: Honoring Latinx/Hispanic Heritage with Amb. Gutiérrez

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Join Latin American and Hemispheric Studies, the LEAP Initiative, LATAM @ GW, and the Elliott School’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs: Honoring Latinx/Hispanic Heritage with guest speaker Amb. Lino Gutiérrez.

Diverse Perspectives in International Affairs is a series designed to promote speakers who reflect the diversity of our Elliott community and uplift topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion at the intersection of international affairs. This event will highlight Latinx/Hispanic Americans’ contributions to diplomacy, the importance of diversity in our workforce, and the importance of continued growth in representation of Latinx/Hispanic community members in foreign service.

Please visit our event page to register and receive the event link.


8:00 PM
1730 M St NW #100, Washington, DC 20036

Put on your dancing shoes and join the latinx community in our final event Fiestasa! Join us celebrating the conclusion of GW's 2021 Latinx Heritage Celebration. Hosted by GW OLAS

 SEPT 13, 2021 - FEB 25, 2022


Mon - Fri, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Flagg Rotunda
The Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
500 17th Street NW

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is excited to host Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94), a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León.

The exhibit was built through community participation, with toe tags representing lives lost on a map of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, from August 25, 2020 to February 1, 2021. Visitors in the GW community (students, faculty and staff) are welcome to visit the work in the Flagg Building's Rotunda in the fall of 2021, located at 500 17th Street NW, during business hours.

The exhibition is composed of ~3,200 handwritten toe tags that represent migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. These tags are geolocated on a wall map of the desert showing the exact locations where remains were found. This installation is simultaneously taking place at a large number of institutions, both nationally and globally in 2020 and 2021.


Learn more at the Hostile Terrain 94 page on the Corcoran website.

 CHCI 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Events

From the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Registration is now open for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) 2021 Leadership Conference and 44th Annual Awards Gala on September 20-23 – the largest gathering of Latino leaders during Hispanic Heritage Month.

This year’s theme is Presente: Latinos Leading the Way. Attendees will have the opportunity to virtually network with peers from across the country and hear from an engaging lineup of national leaders, elected officials, policymakers, and influencers recognized for their vision, expertise, and influence across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Past speakers have included national leaders such as President Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Secretary Hillary Clinton, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

 Smithsonian Heritage and History Month Events

From a variety of Smithsonian Museums