National Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

Stetson Law's Hispanic Heritage Month Logo

 

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States from September 15 to October 15. In addition to commemorating the independence of multiple Latin American countries, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the diversity of cultures and histories throughout Hispanic and Latinx communities.

As a community of learners and advocates for justice and equality, Stetson University College of Law is honored to provide students, faculty, and staff with a resource to learn from and celebrate Hispanic and Latinx contributions on our campus, throughout the legal profession, and beyond. By joining this national celebration, Stetson Law invites you to explore this community resource page, including the local events as well as those thoughtfully coordinated by Stetson's Hispanic Bar Association student organization and alumni. 

While this page is the result of a collaborative effort, it is not a comprehensive resource. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore other resources and to feel free to share those that may add to the richness of this page. Please email any insights to [email protected].

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Learn | Engage | Events | Resources


Learn

Terminology


More than 400 million people in the world speak Spanish and 10% of them live in the United States, according to the Cervantes Institute. But when do you classify a person as Hispanic or Latino? BBC journalist Angélica Casas explains the difference between the terms and why it matters (BBC, 2019).

Latinx Civil Rights History

Latinx Civil Rights Cases
Library of Congress
A resource guide for Latinx civil rights cases that span from 1911 to 2012

Mendez v. Westminster (9th Cir. 1947) 
Library of Congress
This case led to the school integration of Mexican American students and served as the precedent for the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education (1954) decision.

Hernandez v. Texas (1954)
Library of Congress
The Supreme Court ruled that the exclusion of eligible jurors due to their ancestry or national origin violated the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Mexican Americans were afforded the right to sit as jurors in criminal cases.

Hispanic and Latinx Pioneers and Advocates

"Hidden Figure": Professor Luz Nagle
Stetson University College of Law
Professor Luz Nagle honored as Stetson Law's first tenured Hispanic professor

"Hidden Figure": Honorable Judge Virginia Covington 
Florida Second District Court of Appeal
Judge Covington is the first Hispanic district court judge in the Middle District of Florida

Latina Community Advocates
National League of Women Voters
Celebrate Latina advocates who have made significant impacts on our society

José Sarria
Encyclopedia Britannica
First openly gay individual to run for public office in the United States

Hispanic Veterans' Stories
Library of Congress
Dive into this archive of Hispanic Veterans' stories

How Afro-Latinos Shaped the United States
Library of Congress
Discover how the numerous contributions of Afro-Latino leaders, scholars, and advocates have impacted the United States

Diversify your Bookshelf

Latin American Authors
Library of Congress
A list of Latin American authors curated by the Library of Congress

Hispanic American Writers
Library of Congress
A series of recorded interviews featuring writers of Hispanic descent


Engage

National Museum of the American Latino
Smithsonian Museum
Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Latino

The PALABRA Archive
Library of Congress
An online collection of audio recordings from Latin American writers

United States Army Medic Tony's Journey as a Prisoner of War in World War Ⅱ 
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Honor the life and legacy of World War Ⅱ Army Medic, Tony Acevedo, and listen to his journey as a prisoner of war


Events

Please refer to the Campus Docket and Engage for the most up-to-date event information.

Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Kick Off

Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association
September 15 │ 12 PM - 1 PM │ Classroom A

Stetson Law's Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association are hosting a luncheon to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month. Meet the Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association as well as learn more about the events they are hosting this semester. Please RSVP through Engage. 

Around the World Food Tour Raffle

Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association
September 20 - November 20 │The raffle tickets will be drawn before finals

The Hispanic Bar Association and the Immigration Law Student Association are committed to supporting local Hispanic/Latinx-owned restaurants and businesses. Students have three months to eat at three local restaurants serving an international cuisine of their choosing or from the list of recommended businesses provided by the student organizations. To earn a raffle ticket, students may either write the business a Google Review, post the business on social media and tag them, or attach a receipt from the business to the flyer handout. Please email the proof of completion to the Hispanic Bar Association. Students who enter the raffle will have the chance to win a prize. 

Arepazo Luncheon Event

Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association
October 4│ Time: TBD│ Location: TBD

Learn how to make Venezuelan arepas with Perdigon El Sabor, the Hispanic Bar Association, and the Immigration Law Student Association. Arepas are made by making a dough with cornmeal, flattening it, then frying them in light oil. They can be stuffed with a variety of fillings such as meat and cheese.  

Stetson Law's Latinx Heritage Celebration

Hispanic Bar Association, Immigration Law Student Association, and the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association
October 15│ Time: 6-8:30 PM │ Stetson Tampa Law Center

Join us for a College of Law celebration led by the Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association held in close partnership with the Tampa Hispanic Bar Association. The evening will feature Tampa Hispanic Bar Association members discussing their experiences as Hispanic/Latinx attorneys. Alumni will reflect on their experiences in law school, preparing for the bar exam, and being new attorneys. Students will have the opportunity to network, eat a celebratory dinner, and enjoy music. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and celebrate.

Day of the Dead / Dia de los Muertos

Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association
November 2 │ Time: TBD │Location: TBD

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Stetson Law's Hispanic Bar Association and Immigration Law Student Association. Please refer to the Campus Docket and Engage for the most up-to-date information on this event. 

Thanksgiving Giveback: Refugees Donations Drive

Hispanic Bar Association
October 1 - November 16

The Hispanic Bar Association is will be accepting non-perishable food and toiletries to support refugees. Non-legal pro bono hours will be given to those who bring in a set number of items. Please contact the Hispanic Bar Association for more information on where to donate these items. 


Resources

Stetson Law's Hispanic Bar Association - Learn about HBA
Tampa Hispanic Bar Association - THBA.org
Stetson University's Latinx Student Union