Hispanic Heritage Month 2021: Esperanza

Hispanic Heritage Month 2021


Celebrated between September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the cultures and histories of people in the US who came from or whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America, South America, and Spain. The observation began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week, and was later expanded by President Ronald Reagan. September 15 is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18 respectively. 

Rhode Island College is hosting a number of events to honor Hispanic Heritage Month.


Hispanic Heritage Month @riclibrary Adams Library

Adams Library

Follow @riclibrary as we honor Hispanic Heritage Month with an engaging selection of relevant digital resources including academic texts, data resources, visual arts collections, streaming films, and podcasts. Check out our social media for new topics every Wednesday.

September 15 - Scholarship
September 22 - Data
September 29 - Arts + Culture
October 6 - Films
October 13 - Podcasts

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Hispanic Heritage event

Hispanic Heritage in Rhode Island: Data & Social Policy

September 22, 12:30 p.m.

With a special introduction by RI Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, RIC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) hosts data and social policy experts for a discussion about the growth of the LatinX communities in RI. Join Anna Cano Morales and Michael Campbell from the ODEI team and special guests Jessica Cigna, Senior Policy Analyst with the RI Secretary of State’s Office, and Marcela Betancur, Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University for a presentation and Q&A session about shifts in the diverse demographics of the RI community. 

Presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in collaboration with Adams Library

Hispanic Heritage Event Language Solidarity

LANGUAGE SOLIDARITY: How to Create a Force Field with Words

Talk by Jhonni Carr & Román Luján (UC Berkeley)
September 28, 2 p.m. ET, 11 a.m. PT
ZOOM LINK REGISTRATION or email Dr. David Ramirez at dramirez@ric.edu.

In recent years, linguistic discrimination—along with racial discrimination—has lead to increased attacks on individuals who speak a language other than English in public. These discriminatory events are often filmed and shared on social media where they become viral. In this talk, professors Jhonni Carr and Román Luján will discuss the concept of “language solidarity” and present concrete strategies that both multilingual speakers and linguistic allies can implement on a daily basis to foster language equity and raise awareness about linguistic discrimination.

Sponsored by the College Lectures Fund and the Department of Modern Languages.

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola: Understanding & Dismantling Privilege

September 30, 2-3:15 p.m., Virtual Event

Dr. Marisela Martinez-Cola is a proud, first-generation Chicana from Michigan (aka MiChicana). She attended The University of Michigan and majored in psychology and African American Studies. Next, she attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While she loved the study of law, she realized she did not like the practice of law. After a year in law, she transitioned to a 10-year career in Multicultural Affairs at a variety of institutions. In 2012, she made the decision to pursue her doctorate and earned her Ph.D. in 2018. Today, she is an Assistant Professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. She has published in the Journal of Law and Society, Journal of Race and Ethnicity, Teaching Sociology, and Latino Studies. Her upcoming book, The Bricks Before Brown: The Mexican American, Native American, and Chinese American Contributions to the Struggle for Educational Equality is set to be published in November 2021.

Sponsored by the Unity Center

RIC LatinX Alumni at an event

LatinX Alumni Happy Hour

October 1, 5-7 p.m.
Welcome Center

Join fellow LatinX and Hispanic alumni and guests to reconnect and enjoy drinks and appetizers and learn more about new initiatives from our Alumni Association.

Shey Rivera Ríos

Artist talk with Shey Rivera Ríos: A Discussion on Art and Activism

October 6, 6 p.m., Virtual event - Zoom Link

Shey Rivera Ríos (pronouns: they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and arts administrator. Their artistic creations span a myriad of topics, from home to capitalism to queerness and magic. Rivera has 10 years of experience in the nonprofit arts sector intersecting creative practice with urban planning and racial equity.

Sponsored by the Unity Center

Students at The Hub in Central Falls

Virtual Job Fair

October 8, 9-11 a.m., Virtual event

Member businesses of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce will be looking for full-time and part-time employees for available positions in Sales, Customer Service, Warehouse, Manufacturing, IT, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail and more.

Sponsored by Professional Studies and Continuing Education.

Unity Center Celebration

The Unity Center

October 14, 4-5:15 p.m., Virtual event - Zoom Link
Marta Martinez: Lecture on RI Latino Oral History Project

Lin Manuel-Miranda

RIC FLIX Film & Discussion: "In the Heights"

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical movie adaptation presented in conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month celebration!
October 14, 7 p.m.  
Gaige 100 Auditorium
Pre-registration required at tinyurl.com/RICInTheHeights

The movie is free and open to vaccinated RIC Students w/student ID only and limited to 49 participants. Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities with 72-hour notice. Individual popcorn bags and water will be provided.

One of the 49 RIC students in attendance at the In the Heights film will be randomly selected to win TWO TICKETS to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway hit, Hamilton: An American Musical, at the Performing Arts Center on TU 12/7 (Seats: SDC/RGT/N2-4)!

Sponsored by RIC Film Studies and the Office of Student Life