National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Hispanic Heritage Month

Jarabe Tapatio in the Traditional China Poblana Dress. Photo courtesy of the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago, July 2007.

This month, we celebrate the “National Hispanic Heritage Month.” A month set aside to celebrate the history, cultures, and contributions of America citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Dr. René Rosenbaum

MSU Faculty member Rene Rosenbaum, is a scholar of U.S. Latinos and community economic development. Dr. Rosenbaum, an associate professor in the School of Planning, Designing and Construction has demonstrated a commitment to understanding, supporting, and serving Hispanic communities.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Brenda Pilar-Ayala

Brenda Pilar-Ayala is a fourth-year MSU undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and Political Science, pre-law, and minoring in Chicano-Latino Studies, Educational Studies and Leadership in Integrated Learning. We celebrate her commitment to education and engagement with service-learning programs such as “Read to Succeed” and the “Bailey Scholars Program.”

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Dr. David Córdova

Dr. David Córdova, is an MSU Human Development and Family Studies Alumnus. Dr. Córdova is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at University of Michigan, whose research focuses on Latino health inequalities, the prevention of substance use, and HIV in adolescents.

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Additional Resources

  • Books
    • Paul Ortiz (2018). An African American and Latinx History of United States. Beacon Press

    • Miriam Jimenez Roman and Juan Flores (eds). (2010). The Afro-Latin@ Reader: History and Culture in the United States. Duke University Press

    • Juan Gonzalez (2011). Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America. Penguin Books

    • Maria Hinojosa (2020). Once I Was You. Atria Books; Illustrated edition

    • Laura Gomez (2020). Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism. The New Press

    • Erika L. Sánchez (2020) I’m Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    • Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2020). Mexican Gothic. Del Rey; 1st edition

    • Yamile Saied Méndez (2020) Algonquin Young Readers

    • Elizabeth Acevedo (2019). With the Fire on High. Quill Tree Books; 1st edition

    • Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2021) Velvet Was the Night.Del Rey

    • Daisy Hernández & Bushra Rehman (2019). Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism. Seal Press; 2nd edition

    • Junot Díaz (1996) Drown.‎ Riverhead Books; 1st edition

    • Gabriel García Márquez (2007). Love in the Time of Cholera. Vintage; Reprint edition

    • Luisa Capetillo (2021). A Nation of Women: An Early Feminist Speaks Out Penguin Classics

    • Dan-el Padilla Peralta (2016) Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League. Penguin Books; Reprint edition

    • Sonia Hernández. Reverberations of Racial Violence: Critical Reflections on the History of the Border

    • Mark Knoblauch Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth

  • Young Readers
    • Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher. Sanctuary P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

    • Anika Aldamuy Denise, Illustrated by Paola Escobar Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre. Sembrando historias: Pura Belpré: bibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos

    • Yamile Saied Méndez, illustrated by Jaime Kim Where Are You From? De dónde eres?

    • Ginger Foglesong Guy and illustrated by Vivi Escriva. My Grandma, Mi Abuelita

    • Pat Mora, illustrated by Maribel Suarez. Sweet Dreams, Dulces Sueños

    • Ginger Foglesong Guy, illustrated by Rene King Moreno. Días y días/Days and Days

    • Monica Brown, illustrated by Joe Cepeda Side by Side/Lado a lado

    • Laurie Hernandez. I Got This: To Gold and Beyond

    • Lulu Delacre. Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos

  • Articles
    • Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Kassab, V.A., Boress, K.S.J., Barnett, M.L., *Grzybowski, M.M., Stout, S., *Richards, A.E., Bell, K.M., Crider, E.A., Beck, K.L., Alfaro, M., Saxena, S.R., Bustos, T., & Ojeda, L. (2019). Fatherhood among Gang-Involved U.S. Latino Youth; Qualitative Inquiry into Key Stakeholders’ Perspectives. Journal of Latinx Psychology, 7, 137-153. doi: 10.1037/lat0000111

    • Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., *Cousineau, J. R., Quirk, K.M., Gerhart, J.I., Bell, K.M. & *Adomako, M.S. (2014). Toward an Asset Orientation in the Study of US Latina/o Youth: Biculturalism, Ethnic Identity, and Positive Youth Development. The Counseling Psychologist, 42(2), 201-229. doi: 10.1177/0011000013477904 

    • Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., Kassab V.A., & Barnett, M.L. (2012). Las Asociaciones entre la Academia y la Comunidad como Fuente de Transformación Social Sustentable (Community-Academic Partnerships as a Source of Sustainable Social Change). In N.N. Asili (Ed.), Vida Sustentable (pp. 236-253).Puebla, México: Universidad de las Américas Press

    • Yosso, T. J. (2005). Whose culture has capital? A critical race theory discussion of community cultural wealth. Race ethnicity and education8(1), 69-91.

  • Newspapers
  • Podcast/Blogs