Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month(September 15 - October 15) serves as a national celebration to honor the history, culture and influence of the generations who have come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Events & Panel Discussions

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Upcoming Events

10/4 | 5pm – 6pm | Latinx Heritage Month: The Young Lords and the Philadelphia Connection
Johana Fernandez – She is the author of The Young Lords: A Radical History. Dr. Fernandez will speak about the formation and campaigns The Young Lords engaged in, their presence in Philadelphia, and their relationship with the Black Panthers

Teachers can register on Cornerstone and receive compensation for attending this event.
Everyone else REGISTER HERE.

10/11 | 5pm – 6pm | Latinx Heritage Month: Teaching Central America
Jonathan Peraza Campos – He is an educational consultant and an abolitionist educator and organizer. Much of his work has focused on teaching Latinx and immigrant youth about their histories, writers, thinkers, and movements through a Latinx Studies and ethnic studies lens. He is also invested in building the next generation of agitators and movement leaders as political educators.

Teachers can register on Cornerstone and receive compensation for attending this event.
Everyone else REGISTER HERE.

10/14 – Latinx Heritage/ LGBTQIA+ Intersectionality Panel
This panel will cover the intersectionality of the LGBTQIA+ and Latinx/Hispanic communities.

10/18 | 5pm – 6pm | Latinx Heritage Month: Education in our Barrios
Edwin Mayorga – He is the founder and co-researcher of the Education in our Barrios Project (#BarrioEdProj) in Philadelphia and New York City, a college and high school-aged, participatory action research (YPAR) collaborative, that works with and for urban, Latinx core communities. Dr. Mayorga will speak about his work, particularly in relation to the Latinx community in Philadelphia.

Teachers can register on Cornerstone and receive compensation for attending this event.
Everyone else REGISTER HERE.

Community Spotlight

“My Dominican heritage is important to me because it is what brings my family together. Our food, music, and traditions are such a big part of our everyday lives and we wouldn’t be ourselves without it.”

JaDee Deleon
Girard Academic Music Program

“What being a Latino Educator means to me is the ability to establish meaningful, authentic connections with students, families and colleagues, for all of us to learn from a place of vulnerability, and use the experience to lead lives courageously. That’s where the progress lies.”

Julio Nunez, Assistant Principal
Gloria Casarez Elementary

Notable Figures

Eduardo Esquivel

Eduardo Esquivel is the president of the Kensington Neighborhood Association and a social worker who has lived and worked in Kensington since 2010. During this time he has worked at multiple non-profits with those experiencing chronic homelessness and struggling with mental health and substance abuse.

Jenée Chizick-Agüero

Jenée Chizick-Agüero is the founder and publisher of Motivos, the nation’s largest bilingual magazine with youth-generated content.

Hernán Guaracao

Hernán Guaracao is Editor in Chief and CEO of AL DÍA News Media.

Hernán has served as President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP) as well as a Board Member of the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR), a national organization revolutionizing the inclusion and recognition of U.S. Latinos in corporate America today in the areas of employment, procurement, philanthropy, and governance. Hernán is an entrepreneur and a journalist with a very pronounced track record of public service. He is the 2014 recipient of the Paragon Legacy Award from the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).

Danilo Burgos

Danilo Burgos, 41, took office Jan. 1 as the first Dominican to serve in the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The legislator was appointed to serve in leadership committee roles with Agriculture and Rural Affairs; the Oil and Gas Caucus; Children and Youth; Human Services; and Gov. Wolf’s Census Commission.

Cristina Martinez

Cristina Martinez is a Mexican-born chef and immigration activist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Martinez is a native of Capulhuac, Mexico, and she is an undocumented immigrant who crossed the border from Juárez into the United States.

She and her husband, American citizen Benjamin Miller, opened their successful restaurant, South Philly Barbacoa, which was named by Bon Appétit magazine one of the top ten best new restaurants in America in 2016.

Cristina and Miller are active in supporting undocumented immigrants in the restaurant industry, establishing an organization, the Popular Alliance for Undocumented Workers’ Rights. Her story has been featured in an award-winning podcast, and she was featured in an episode of Netflix’s Chef’s Table in 2018.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, also known by her initials AOC, is an American politician and activist. She has served as the U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th congressional district since 2019, as a member of the Democratic Party.

Quiara Alegría Hudes

Quiara Alegría Hudes (born 1977), a graduate of Central High School, is an American playwright, lyricist and essayist. She is best known for writing the book for the musical In the Heights, and screenplay for its film adaptation. Hudes’ play Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama; she received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play Water by the Spoonful.

Rubén Amaro Jr.

A native of North Philadelphia, Rubén Amaro Jr. is an American former professional baseball outfielder and General Manager. Amaro played in Major League Baseball from 1991 to 1998. He was named the GM of the Philadelphia Phillies on November 3, 2008, succeeding Pat Gillick and remained in that position until September 10, 2015.

Odín Palacio

Odín Palacio, 36, is better known as the bilingual hip-hop artist Udini La Voz. He is a Philadelphia-based entertainment producer recognized for his artistic work and efforts empowering Latino youth. In 2019 he received two citations from City Councilperson David Oh and was named Artist of the Year by City Council. The native of Panama City, Panama, co-founded the urban media and entertainment production house Higher Than 7 with Anis Tayler and Travis Ruscil in 2014.

Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera, 34, is a queer poet, raised in Puerto Rico and the Philadelphia area, who served as Philadelphia’s fourth poet laureate, a civic position overseen by the Free Library. Salas Rivera spent the past year promoting literacy and encouraging literary expression in service work, workshops, readings, and mentorship programs.

Amy Eusebio

Amy Eusebio, 34, is the first Afro Latina to lead Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Eusebio began working for the city in 2018 as director of the Municipal ID Program, where she led and launched the affordable photo identification program the following year. More than 10,000 people obtained their PHL City ID within the first six months of its launch, surpassing the city’s goal for the first year of the program.