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Hispanic Heritage Month Resource Guide

Celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with the Drexel University Libraries

Interconnecting Worlds: Weaving Community Narratives, Andean Histories & the Library's CollectionsThe Drexel University Libraries celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month in September and October by featuring the stories and accomplishments of “Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.” [

This resource guide includes information about just a few of the people, research, and creative works with Hispanic connections that have inspired us – and we hope they will inspire you throughout the year!

You may notice this guide also features people working in the areas of sustainability and environmental justice – this is in recognition of Climate Year celebrated by the Academy of Natural Sciences and Drexel University in 2021. This guide also features leaders with intersectional identities such as women, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, non-citizens of the United States and others.

Cultural Significance of Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

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 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.

Coming to Terms: Hispanic, Latinx, & Latiné

More on DEI from Drexel University Libraries

Photograph of book display in W. W. Hagerty Library 2022. Featuring brightly colored book titles and signage celebrating diversity, equity and inclusion.These guides provide resources and information about DEI at the Libraries and beyond, as well as various monthly heritage celebrations. Click the below links to see the guides we've created so far. Contact us if you would like to contribute content or have any ideas for other months we should be observing!