September 13, 2021 at 12:30pm
Dane Lisser

Celebration of Hispanic and Latinx culture includes guest speakers, student panel

Millikin University is proud to invite the campus community to its annual celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated nationally between Sept. 15 and Oct. 15.

Hispanic Heritage Month acknowledges the history, culture and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin America, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

The official celebration of Hispanic heritage in the United States began in 1968 under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Twenty years later, President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a 30-day event spanning Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The start date was chosen because it coincided with the commemoration of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In the following days, the independence of other Latin American countries is celebrated too, such as Mexico, Chile and Belize.

The following events will be held as part of Millikin University's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021
La Fiesta, hosted by the Latin American Student Organization
7 p.m.; University Commons Banquet Rooms

Join Millikin's Latin American Student Organization (LASO) as they host a cultural celebration of Hispanic and Latinx culture, including food and music. All students are welcome. For questions, please contact LASO President Ashley Estrada at

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021
Intersectionality Project with Alexia Guzmán
5:30 p.m.; event will be held on Zoom

Alexia Guzmán is a proud Latina, born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y., who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Digital Media from Hilbert College in Hamburg, N.Y. She was crowned the 2012 Miss Borinquen of Western New York Princess.

Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021
Latinx, Hispanic & International Student Panel
6 p.m.; University Commons Oberhelman Center for Leadership Performance

Join the Office of Campus Life and the Latin American Student Organization for a live panel and Q&A to elevate members of the Hispanic, Latinx and International student communities as they unpack, understand and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers and colleagues.

Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021
Poet and Activist Yesika Salgado
7:30 p.m.; University Commons Banquet Rooms

Yesika Salgado is a Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet who writes about her family, her culture, her city and her fat brown body. She has shared her work in venues and campuses throughout the U.S. Salgado is a two-time National Poetry Slam finalist and the recipient of the 2020 International Latino Book Award in Poetry.

Salgado's work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Teen Vogue, Univision, CNN, NPR, TEDx and many digital platforms. She is an internationally recognized body-positive activist and the writer of the column Suelta for Remezcla. Salgado is the author of the best-sellers "Corazón," "Tesoro" and "Hermosa," published by Not a Cult.