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The César E. Chávez Center for Higher Education (CECCHE) is committed to increasing the outreach, recruitment, retention, graduation and cultural pride of Chicanxs/Latinxs at Cal Poly Pomona.
Although we recognize that “Latino” has been able to center the experiences of many communities – it also excludes non-binary people. We use the alternative term “Latinx” to go beyond gender and establish inclusivity in our language.
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Since 1989, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States from September 15 until October 15. Issued as a presidential proclamation each year, this period of time includes such important Hispanic anniversaries as the independence days of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua on September 15, Mexico's Festival of Indepdence on September 16, and Columbus Day, or Day of the Race/ Dia de la Raza, around October 12.
The activities that take place during this month, particularly cities with large Hispanic populations, focus on how Latinos have made the United States a richer and more interesting place to live. They include performances by Latino musical groups, lectures about Hispanic life, and special awards presentations to Latinos who have made significant achievements in business, education, or the arts.
Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic are not the same
Chicana/o/x, Latina/o/x, and Hispanic are not the same. Swipe to learn more about each term!
CHICANA/O/X or XICANA/O/X can be used to describe the people of Mexican descent. LATINA/O/X can be used to describe the people and culture of Latin American descent. HISPANIC can be used to describe the people, descendants, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries.
Although many use these words interchangeably, "Chicana/o/x", "Latina/o/x", and "Hispanic" are terms that have very different meanings that can be used to describe different individuals. As a platform dedicated to uplifting BIPOC communities in order to promote respect and clarity.
"Chicana/o/x", or "Xicana/o/x", can be used to describe the people of Mexican descent who were born in the United States and their culture. This term was initially considered a racial slur, but it has since been reclaimed by non-white Mexican Americans and accepted into common vocabulary. It should not be used to refer to people or cultures of other Latin American or Spanish-speaking countries.
"Hispanic" can be used to describe the people, descendants, and culture of Spanish-speaking countries, including many Latin American countries and Spain. However, the term excludes the people, descendants, and culture of Latin American countries that do no speak Spanish, like Brazil and Haiti.