Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is here and now more than ever it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate this dedicated time with intention, curiosity for learning, and with respect. As we acknowledge that diversifying our teams is a must and that investing in the holistic wellbeing of our students, their families, our teachers, and all staff members is crucial to building equitable learning environments – it’s critical that we also spend time listening and learning directly from the wide-ranging cultural identities that make our Hispanic/Latinx communities so beautiful, so vastly diverse, and so rich in values, experiences, and perspectives. I invite you to participate in two-way conversations with those in your community who celebrate their heritage (more visibly) during this time of the year. Because really, we celebrate and cultivate our living cultural heritage every day!
Labels are tricky. Hispanic, Latino/a, Latinx, Chicano, BIPOC…what do we say? I must admit that I myself am inconsistent with the cultural identity labels I choose, if I do. But if you were to ask me today, I’d tell you I’m Mexican American (no hyphen). I’m two wholes; not two halves, not café au lait, not part this, part that. I don’t feel incomplete, and I’m certainly not diluted! I grew up in a bicultural and bilingual home; I grew up in Mexico and have lived in the United States for about half of my life. But when I refer to myself as part of a collective and when I advocate for my family, I choose to identify us as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and Latinx (the more inclusive term for Latino/a). Every person has their own cultural identity and term preference varies. The best and most appropriate thing to do is ask!
Lastly, I’m sharing some valuable resources and links with you here below. Know that you can connect with me directly at email@example.com and that I’d love to see and hear about what your learning community is doing to honor and celebrate Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month!
Executive Order on White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics
The Latinx Education Collaborative’s (LEC) Hispanic Heritage Month toolkit is a great resource for classroom teachers to use as they see fit. Thanks to Evonne Medrano, for preparing this!
Yes, We're Calling It Hispanic Heritage Month And We Know It Makes Some Of You Cringe
The Library of Congress has published a site with multiple resources, including a separate tab for teachers! https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/
Latinx Infographics I led this project while working with the Hispanic Education Awareness Resource Team at Hallmark a couple of years ago. It’s a great tool to gain some understanding about Latinxs in the U.S. and their impact and influence.