SEPTEMBER DIVERSITY STATEMENT
From September 15th to October 15th is Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16, and recognizes the revolution in 1810 that ended Spanish dictatorship.
Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period and Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is October 12.
Did you know that the term “Hispanic or Latino”, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish, Hispanic and/or Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or "another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin."
The Hispanic population has been growing in the Unites States and it is estimated that about 57.5 million people or 18% of the American population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. There has been a 5% increase in the Hispanic population since 2000.
During National Hispanic Heritage Month it is a time for us to recognize the many contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage, culture, important individuals, and their many contributions to the United States.
Hispanics have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, their religion, hard work, and service. They are also starting to influence in our political structure. They have enhanced and shaped our national character with centuries-old traditions that reflect the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural customs of their community.
Our committee would hope that you find a way to share in this special annual tribute by learning about and celebrating the generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our country and society.
A couple of thoughts, one may be to organize a family activity that aids in the learning of the Hispanic heritage and culture.
Another idea is to organize an event in your workplace to celebrate this growing group in our workplace and country.
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