Francia Márquez, human-rights and environmental activist and lawyer, who is the 13th and current Vice President of Colombia | Photo from Wikimedia. Sylvia Mendez, Civil Rights activist | USDA photo by Bob Nichols. Cesar Chavez, speaking at Los Angeles peace rally | Photo from Los Angeles Times.

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is annually celebrated from September 15th through October 15th in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements for the United States.

Identidad

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In this short documentary, Latinos grapple with defining their ethnic and racial identities.

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Elizabeth Acevedo, “Afro-Latina.”

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A much needed conversation about being LGBTQIA+ and Latine.

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WHO IS SYLVIA MENDEZ?—SEPARATE IS NEVER EQUAL

Sylvia Mendez was born in Santa Ana, California in 1936. As a young child, Ms. Mendez was the child at the center of the landmark 1947 case, Mendez vs. Westminster, in which her parents and neighbors fought against segregated education for children of Mexican descent in southern California, a case that banned segregation in California public schools and paved the way for the national ban on segregated schools in Brown vs. Board of Education seven years later. Read more…

‘She represents me’: the black woman making political history in Colombia

Mayra Fernanda Mejía, a black single mother and rural activist, never really felt that Colombia’s politicians cared about people like her – until now.

She has been threatened with violence for speaking out against the armed groups that plague her community, and each election season she has witnessed light-skinned candidates pass through the war-torn province of Cauca offering food handouts and empty promises of development.

Cesar Chavez, Mexican American labor leader and civil rights activist.

Cesar Chavez was a Mexican American labor leader and civil rights activist who dedicated his life’s work to what he called la causa (the cause): the struggle of farm workers in the United States to improve their working and living conditions through organizing and negotiating contracts with their employers. Committed to the tactics of nonviolent resistance practiced by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers of America) and won important victories to raise pay and improve working conditions for farm workers in the late 1960s and 1970s.

SOMOS UNCG

Hector Hernandez co-founded the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) here at UNCG. This organization focuses on empowering Latino/a students by providing members with networking opportunities, information about scholarships, and internships. 

Through ALPHA, Latino/a students have found their voices and they want to be heard within the UNCG community. They want to break generational barriers and build generational wealth. “We must all have the resources necessary to succeed in our desired field/industry.” Read more…

Selene Santiago-Lopez is a first-generation Otomi woman from Hidalgo, Mexico. As a young organizer, Selene is guided by community leaders across the Triad area. She envisions a future where she sees her ancestors smiling wholeheartedly and where our children are able to imagine themselves as talented chefs, gifted creatives, innovative engineers, and so much more. Read more…

MÚSICA DEL PUEBLO

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Song: Latinoamérica (Album Version)
Artist: Calle 13

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Song: De Donde Vengo Yo
Artist: Choq Quib Town

The Office of Intercultural Engagement invites you celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

You’ll find events happening just about every day, now through mid-October. Visit their site today for a full calendar.

Featured News Stories


A DIFFERENT BEAT: DOCTORAL STUDENT CREATES LATIN JAZZ YOUTH ORCHESTRA

Julio Jeri is in his second year of the doctoral program in musical arts in trumpet performance in UNC Greensboro’s School of Music.

Outside of his work in his program, he has created something in Charlotte, N.C., that has never existed there before: a youth Latin jazz ensemble. And it’s not something that’s very common in other cities across the United States.

FROM A SMALL TOWN TO STUDYING HIGHER EDUCATION DYNAMICS: MCNAIR SCHOLAR THRIVES AT UNCG

When Antoinette Gregory was a junior in high school, her family moved from their small hometown to a nearby city. And, to her and her mom’s excitement, the local high school had an International Baccalaureate program.

Gregory began interacting with her teachers at this new school and realized that attending college could be a feasible path for her. Through taking college-level coursework that challenged her, she also discovered that she had that essential quality in pursuing scholarship: a “thirst for knowledge.” 

Personal Experiences Lead Garland McKinney (CED) to Research Grant

After her own pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum experience was filled with stress in 2017, and learning that her late mother’s medical concerns were normalized by doctors, UNC Greensboro doctoral student Jasmine L. Garland McKinney’s path became clear.

Read Her Story…


Weatherspoon Art Museum Leading Together Racial Equity Plan 2021-24

Leading Together, our 2021-24 Racial Equity Plan will guide the museum’s broader work towards equity, diversity, and inclusion. It will inform the museum’s future institutional strategic planning, policy development, and museum practices alongside and in step with the university.

Voices that Matter


“If you remember, not long after the killing of George Floyd, I wrote that structural and cultural racism needs to be confronted head-on for our society to move toward a more prosperous future for all. I argued that for society to change, it is a matter of the public’s willingness to change on matters of race, ethnicity, and the like. In particular, my response – my call to action – was simple but necessary: do something.”

Read my full statement…

UNCG Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Dr. Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Chancellor of UNCG

Student and
Alumni Voices

Student and Alumni Voices, a platform for UNCG students and alumni, highlights contributions to dismantling racial inequality and racism within the United States and globally.


Podcast: A Colored Girl Speaks

Dr. Andrea Hunter’s podcast, “A Colored Girl Speaks: Meditations on Race and Other Magical Things,” is a collection of personal essays on race, culture, and politics through the prism of identity, memory, and history – an intimate, and often painful, commentary on race in America, and the way forward.

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