WATCH: ’Dores in Dialogue—‘A Conversation About the History of Hispanic Heritage Month’

The latest in the ’Dores in Dialogue series, “A Conversation About the History of Hispanic Heritage Month,” was presented by the Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic and Latinx Alumni (VAHLA) and the Vanderbilt Alumni Association on Oct. 8.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Panelists discussed the history of Hispanic Heritage Month, how it is celebrated around the country and at Vanderbilt and explored the importance of its celebration to build a sense of belonging, community and connection and to reduce internalized biases in the Hispanic and Latinx community.

Panelists included:

  • Celso Castilho, director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies (CLACX)
  • Ruth Howard, psychologist at the Vanderbilt University Counseling Center
  • Olivia Quiroga, Class of 2025, member of the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS)

The discussion was moderated by Gretchen Selcke, assistant director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latinx Studies.

’Dores in Dialogue is a Vanderbilt event series highlighting diverse voices on vital issues. You can learn more about previous events here.


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