Monday, May 27th, 2024

Hispanic Heritage Month at the ‘Ville

Millersville honors and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is underway across the country and on Millersville University’s campus. It officially kicked off on Sept. 15.  

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Millersville University’s Rosario Caminero Latino Celebration Committee has arranged a variety of events and activities for students to enjoy. 

Festivities begin Monday, Sept.  20 with a film screening of the ever-popular “In the Heights” at 7 p.m. in the Student Memorial Center. There will be a discussion following the film. 

The celebration continues on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with dance lessons, including the basics of Salsa and Bachata dance at 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room inside the Student Memorial Center.  At 7 p.m., enjoy a talent show with both student and faculty participants.  

A screening of the film “Los Hermanos” will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 22 in Millersville’s Visual and Performing Arts Center. 

On Thursday Sept. 23, visit the Biemesderfer Concert Hall for a live performance and discussion of “Lydia,” the portrait of a Mexican immigrant family.  

Millersville’s Hispanic Heritage Month will close with catering from a local Latino restaurant on Friday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside of the SMC. Free food will be available for the first 100 students in attendance.  

According to the National Archives website, the U.S.  celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to “recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success.”  The national observance of Hispanic Heritage began in the 1960s, expanding to include a month of celebrations in 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. 

For more information about Hispanic Heritage Month events happening at Millersville, visit the Rita Smith Wade-El Intercultural Center on GetInvolved for registration details.  

For more information regarding the history of Hispanic Heritage Month, visit or 

For related offices please visit:

Office of Diversity and Social Justice 

Office of Diversity and Social Justice Resource Guide 

Rita Smith-Wade-El Intercultural Center 

President’s Commission on Cultural Diversity & Inclusion 

President’s Commission on Gender & Sexual Diversity 

Millersville offers several academic fields of study related to Hispanic Heritage Month:  

Latina/o Studies (Minor) 

Women’s and Gender Studies 

Applied Disability Studies 

B.A. in Spanish (Major/Minor) 

Additional resources to support our commitment to diversity and inclusion can be found below: 

Color of Teaching 

Charting the Course Athletic Blog  

Bridge the Gap 1st Year Students of Color Orientation 

Latina/o Student Leadership Institute 

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award 

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion New Employee Orientation 

Social Justice Collective for Educators 

Concerned Men of Millersville 

Concerned Women of Millersville 

Scholars Program 

Negating Hate Digital Quilt 

Inclusive Excellence Spotlight 

The Anti-Racist Library Resource Display 

Center for Health, Education and Promotion (CHEP) 

Student Access and Support Services (SASS) 

Anti-Racism Resources – available from Francine G. McNairy Library & Learning Forum 

Retention Initiatives 

Millersville awards students and programs who provide leadership in fields of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice:  

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Individual Award) 

Leadership in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (Program Award) 

Social Justice Enchaining a Social Justice Community Award 


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