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Latinx Heritage Month 2023


Juntos Somos Más/Juntos Somos Mais

Together We Are More. This year's theme is inspired and motivated by the pulse of our campus community- the students. During consistent seasons of unrest and challenges that face the Latinx community, the words of our theme ring truer than ever. Coalitions are critical and the heart and soul of our communities will always rest with the people.

Latinx Heritage Month 2023 Implementation Committee:

Alex Espaillat, Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Affairs

Irma Lopez T'26, Cultural Chair, Mi Gente

Historically, LHM at Duke has been led by students and student organization efforts. Campus-wide, Duke University has hosted events throughout the month to celebrate Latinx communities. From September 15th to October 15th, these events include a kick-off celebration, a keynote speaker, a mural painting at the East Campus tunnel, and more. Other events vary per year and may include guest lectures, dance lessons, and discussions about current political issues. Since 2022, the Center for Multicultural Affairs has made an intentional effort to better centralize these efforts in order to further elevate and uplift the visibility and love the Latinx communities deserve.

Calendar of Events

EventDate & TimeLocationHost(s)Link (if applicable)
Latinx Heritage Month 2023 Kickoff

Fri., September 15

5:30-7:30 PM

Bryan Center PlazaCenter for Multicultural Affairs x Mi Gente
Una Fiesta de Murales y Paletas

Sat., September 16

4:30-6:30 PM

East Campus BridgeMi Gente
Curating Latinx History: Behind the Scenes at the National Museum of American History- A Talk & Q&A with Mireya Loza

Mon., September 18

12:45-2:15 PM

Classroom Building 229, East CampusDuke History
Conociendo Latinxs at Duke

Tue., September 19

6:30-7:30 PM

West Duke LawnMi Gente x BRASA x PorColombia
Dia del Amor y Amistad

Fri., September 22

1 PM

Bryan Center Plaza (tabling)Duke PorColombiaN/A
Latin Dance Workshop

Fri., September 22

6 PM – 8 PM

Duke Arts AnnexLamba Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. x Mi Gente x Sabrosura
Pelada @duke coffeehouse

Fri., September 22

8 PM

Duke CoffeehouseDuke University Union



Sat., September 23

12 PM - 2 PM

Few Exterior Quad 1La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
Spanish Mass

Sun., September 24

5 PM

Falcone-Arena House (402 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701)Duke Catholic Center
Una Tarde con Cornelio Campos Tue. September 26Fitzpatrick Schiciano A 1464Center for Multicultural Affairs x The Nasher x Mi Gente

Together We Thrive: Fostering Belonging for Latinx/é Students at Duke


Thursday, September 28th, 5-6pmCenter for Sexual & Gender Diversity Programming Space (Bryan Center 100)Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)TBA
Cafecito With DUHLA & Mi Gente

Fri., September 29

4-6 PM

Chaplin Family Study Room (Brodhead Center)Duke University Hispanic/Latino Alumni (DUHLA) & Mi Gente
Bachata NightFri., Sep 29, 2023 8:00 PM – Sat., Sep 30, 2023 12:00 AMGothic Grill, Bryan CenterLamba Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. x Mi Gente x Students of Caribbean Association (SOCA)
NCLAFF 2023: Ser PlantasFri., September 29 – Tues., October 17Locations vary; All festival events are free and open to the public

North Carolina Latin American Film Festival;

Curated by Miguel Rojas-Sotelo and Manuel Sánchez Cabrera
Argentina, 1985 Film Screening

Sat., September 30

8 PM – 10 PM

Abele QuadDuke University Union Freewater Presentations
Zine in the Making: Documenting Latiné Immigrant Experiences

Wed., October 4


Bryan Center (Potentially La Casa and Base)Define America 
Hispanic Heritage Month Gala

Thur., October 5

6:00 PM

Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center: Great Hall

8 Searle Center Dr
Durham, North Carolina 27710

Duke Latino Medical Students Association
Hispanic Heritage Month Picnic in the Gardens

Fri., October 6

6:00 PM

Sarah P. Duke GardensNAISA x Mi Gente x AMPDN/A
Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia

Thur., October 5

8:00-9:00 PM



duu@Nite x Mi GenteTBA
Duke Advancing Latine/Hispanic Excellence (DALHE!)Fri., October 6
11:00 AM-1:00 PM
School of Medicine, Trent Semans Great HallOffice of Institutional EquityN/A
LHM Zine Workshop: Finding Latinx

Mon., October 9

6:00-8:00 PM

Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity Programming Space (Bryan Center 100)Center for Multicultural AffairsTBA

LHM 2023 Keynote:


Pre-event Reception (5:00pm-7:00pm)

Wed., October 11

Doors @ 7:00pm

Karsh Alumni CenterDuke University Union, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Mi Gente
Despedida del Mes: LHM Closing Kickback

Thur., October 12

3:00-5:00 PM

The Landing (Bryan Center)Center for Multicultural Affairs
Hispanic and Latiné Flags: Where Do They Come From and Where Do We Go From There?

Thur., October 12

5:00-6:00 PM

CSGD Programming Space, Bryan Center 100House Course/Trinity College (Elaijah Lapay T’ 24)N/A

Most of the events listed will be able to be found on DukeGroups! Some of these events may also have a "Latinx Heritage Month" tag on the platform. For more on Latinx Heritage Month, contact

Más & Mais

Latinx Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
Each year, Americans observe Latinx Heritage Month (federally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month) from September 15 to October 15, to lift up, celebrate, and promote education about individuals who are from or have ancestry from Latin America and the Caribbean. During Latinx Heritage Month, we at Duke strive to increase awareness about Latinx and Latin American histories, identities, cultures, and accomplishments and address issues that affect Latinx and Latin Americans internationally, within the United States, and on campus.

You may have noticed that the terms used to describe the communities LHM celebrates differ depending on the source. Whether someone best identifies with Latino, Latinx, Latiné, Latino, Hispanic, and/or something else, it is always important to keep an open mind to continuous education and efforts towards inclusion. Below are some quick definitions, as well as some resources on these terms.

Afro-Latino: The term Afro-Latino (or Afro-Latina, -Latinx, or -Latiné) refers to individuals of Latin America or of Latin American descent who are also of African ancestry.

Latinx/é: Latinx is a neologism in American English which is used to refer to people of Latin American cultural or ethnic identity in the United States. The gender-neutral ⟨-x⟩ suffix replaces the ⟨-o/-a⟩ ending of Latino and Latina that are typical of grammatical gender in Spanish. Its plural is Latinxs. Latiné is an additional alternative seen by some as more synonymous with the Spanish language.

Latino/a: The masculine term Latino, along with its feminine form Latina, is a noun and adjective, often used in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, that most commonly refers to a person with origins from anywhere in Latin America (Mexico, South and Central America) and the Caribbean

Hispanic: Hispanic people originated from or have ancestors who originated from a Spanish-speaking country. Many Hispanics are also Latino, but there are some Spanish-speaking countries not located in Latin America, such as Equatorial Guinea and Spain. The term Hispanic made its first census appearance in 1970. It’s gender-inclusive, but some linguists find it limiting because it implies that the group being described consists only of Spanish speakers. It excludes Indigenous people whose families have lived in countries before they were colonized and neighboring countries like Brazil that primarily speak other languages

Resources on the terms:

  • Mi Gente
  • Duke Brazilian Student Association (BRASA)
  • Jewtinos
  • Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (LTA)
  • La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. (LUL)
  • Latinx Business Organization (LBO)
  • Latin Student Organization (LSO)
  • PorColombia
  • Sabrosura
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Students of the Caribbean Association (SOCA)

The organization listed here aren't the only Latinx identified/affiliated organizations! Find these organizations on Duke Groups or Instagram! Want your organization to be added to this list or need to make an edit? Please email

Thank you to our contributors who shared events, resources, and more.

Special thank you to our compañeros over at the Carolina Latinx Center for their advice and community as we continue to work to provide our Latinx communities and campus with the representation and appreciation they deserve.

Duke University Latinx Heritage Month logo inspired by UPitt Diversity & Inclusion, designed by Alex Espaillat

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