Ashleigh Crouch, News Correspondent
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed by Americans every year between September 15 and October 15 to celebrate the cultures and histories of American citizens who have roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.
Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15 because of the significance the date holds as the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.
Jacksonville State University has been observing Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of on campus events. An opening celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month took place on September 19 in the Theron Montgomery Building and featured information sessions and seminars from Hispanic students, faculty and staff.
Dr. Eduardo Pacheco, a JSU Spanish professor from Colombia, is very passionate about the importance of Hispanic Heritage Month.
“To be Hispano/Latino means to belong to a group which is culturally diverse, but at the same time united by a language and a heritage of tri-ethnic descent,” said Pacheco.
Pacheco encourages all students to come to the remainder of the Hispanic Heritage Month events and learn more about Hispanic history and culture.
Ulises Herrera, JSU’s first Hispanic SGA president, believes in the importance of this month of celebration
“Hispanic Heritage Month means so much more to me because it is more than just a month of events, it is celebrating my culture,” said Herrera
Several other events have taken place in honor of Hispanic heritage over the course of this month, including Tacos on the Quad, Latin Coffee Testing, Salsa Night and Latin Trivia Night.
JSU plans to close out Hispanic Heritage Month with a closing gala which will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Recreation and Fitness Center.