A note from Texas McCombs’ Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Raji Srinivasan:

Dear MPA Students,

Please join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month which honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans and the heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.  The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Hispanic American Heritage Month.

If interested, you can find more resources at:  https://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Best regards,

Raji Srinivasan

RAJI SRINIVASAN | Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Sam Barshop Centennial Professor of Marketing Administration

The University of Texas at Austin | McCombs School of Business |

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(512) 471.5441 | raji.srinivasan@mccombs.utexas.edu

Personal website:  http://sites.utexas.edu/raji-srinivasan/

McCombs D&I website: https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/Diversity-and-Inclusion

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