Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month 2023
September 15 - October 15, 2023

Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America 

The 2023 Hispanic Heritage Month observance theme is "Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power and Progress in America."  The theme aims to recognize the economic, political, and social contributions of the Hispanic and Latinx population in the United States. 

Why We Celebrate 

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15 to recognize and uplift the contributions of those of Hispanic descent and celebrate Hispanic culture. This year’s celebration is centered around driving prosperity, power and progress, recognizing the diversity amongst the Hispanic population, while working to build prosperous and healthy communities.

Ohio University proudly recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month through education, programming, and celebration. We aim to uplift those of Hispanic heritage within our community throughout the monthlong celebration and yearlong. 

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Speakers and More 

Vivian Estalella

Vivian Estalella — Featured Artist 

Cuban-American artist Vivian Estalella was born and raised in Miami, Florida in a family of strong independent women. As a little girl, she never played with dolls or toys. Instead, she preferred to spend her time coloring. She was always happier with a box of crayons or paints than a Barbie doll. Always creative, she enjoyed the arts from a very young age. At the age of 15, a trip to Mexico awakened her passion for painting. The intensely rich colors of Mexican art struck a cord and, together with her Cuban roots, formed a style that is both distinctive and uniquely vibrant. The sights, sounds, exotic tastes, and passionate people of the tropics, along with the female form, are all prevalent in her work.

Vivian's work has been featured by many prominent organizations such as the Smithsonian’s Friends of the National American Latino Museum and the world-renown Louvre Museum, and her collection has been displayed at countless art shows. She was also a resident artist at Viernes Culturales, Miami's monthly art fair in historic Little Havana for several years. Today, Vivian’s work can be seen in private collections and exhibited at seasonal art shows. She also teaches art classes and gives back to the community at every opportunity. Many pieces have been donated to auctions benefiting various local charities. 

Attend the exhibit opening for "Hispanidad: A Tapestry Rich in Culture"

Exhibit runs September 20 to October 15 in the Multicultural Center, Baker Room 213 

"Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America" book cover

"Bananeras: Women Transforming the Banana Unions of Latin America" written by Dana Frank — Featured Book 

Women who pick and pack bananas in Latin America have organized themselves and gained increasing control over their unions, their workplaces, and their lives — while making gender equity central in their effort. Highly accessible and narrative in style, and written by the author of the award-winning Buy American: The Untold Story of Economic Nationalism, Bananeras recounts the history and growth of this vital movement and shows how Latin American woman workers are shaping and broadly reimagining the possibilities of international labor solidarity.Includes photographs.

“A wonderful book—entertaining, enlightening, and inspiring. A unique blend of personal stories grounded in a solid analysis of the globalization of the banana economy, the rise of a regional banana workers movement, and the intense internal struggle for gender justice within Latin America's historically male-dominated unions.” — Stephen Coats, former Executive Director, US Labor Education in the Americas Project

Attend the book discussion

Access the book digitally via the Ohio University Libraries

Our Community

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we invited members of our OHIO community to share what their Hispanic identity means to them.

Alyssa Cruz, Third-Year Student 

Lauren Staigers, Second-Year Student 

Chris Medrano Graham, Director of SFL

Maria Segui Irizarry, Second-Year Student 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at OHIO

Jessica Gonzalea, dances around College Green in her Spanish flamenco dress before the start of the 2015 International Street Fair Parade.

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at OHIO

A barbecue takes place on South Green to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in 2003. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at OHIO

Members of the Hispanic and Latino Student Association dance at the International Women's Day Festival on March 13, 2016. 

 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at OHIO

A student views Vivian's Estalella's "Hispanidad: A Tapestry Rich in Culture" exhibit opening. 

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage at OHIO

Students enjoy the exhibit opening of Vivian's Estalella's "Hispanidad: A Tapestry Rich in Culture" in the Multicultural Center.