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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 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


Event Date & Time Location Host(s) Link (if applicable)
Latinx Heritage Month 2023 Kickoff Fri., September 15 5:30-7:30 PM Bryan Center Plaza Center for Multicultural Affairs x Mi Gente
Una Fiesta de Murales y Paletas Sat., September 16 4:30-6:30 PM East Campus Bridge Mi 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 Campus Duke History Department
Conociendo Latinxs at Duke Tue., September 19 6:30-7:30 PM West Duke Lawn Mi Gente x BRASA x PorColombia
Dia del Amor y Amistad Fri., September 22 1 PM Bryan Center Plaza (tabling) Duke PorColombia N/A
Latin Dance Workshop Fri., September 22 6 PM – 8 PM Duke Arts Annex Lamba Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. x Mi Gente x Sabrosura
Pelada @duke coffeehouse Fri., September 22 8 PM Duke Coffeehouse Duke University Union  
Parillada Sat., September 23 12 PM - 2 PM Few Exterior Quad 1 La 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 26 Fitzpatrick Schiciano A 1464 Center for Multicultural Affairs x The Nasher x Mi Gente
Together We Thrive: Fostering Belonging for Latinx/é Students at Duke   Thursday, September 28th, 5-6pm Center 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 Night Fri., Sep 29, 2023 8:00 PM – Sat., Sep 30, 2023 12:00 AM Gothic Grill, Bryan Center Lamba Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. x Mi Gente x Students of Caribbean Association (SOCA)
NCLAFF 2023: Ser Plantas Fri., September 29 – Tues., October 17 Locations 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 Quad Duke University Union Freewater Presentations
Zine in the Making: Documenting Latiné Immigrant Experiences Wed., October 4 TIME TBA 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 Gardens NAISA x Mi Gente N/A
Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia Thur., October 5 8:00-9:00 PM Devil’s Krafthouse duu@Nite x Mi Gente TBA
Duke Advancing Latine/Hispanic Excellence (DALHE!) Fri., October 6 11:00 AM-1:00 PM School of Medicine, Trent Semans Great Hall Office of Institutional Equity N/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 Affairs TBA
LHM Keynote: TBA

Pre-event Reception (5:30pm-7:00pm)
Wed., October 11
Doors @ 7:00pm
Karsh Alumni Center Duke University Union, Center for Multicultural Affairs, Mi Gente TBA
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 TBA House Course/Trinity College (Elaijah Lapay T’ 24) TBA

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. We look forward to the calendar release!

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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