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Hispanic Heritage Month at NOVA

Hispanic Heritage Month Events

National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. The month is aimed at celebrating the achievements and contributions of the Hispanic/Latinx community in the United States. At NOVA, we are celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in unique ways on each campus, listed below. Please note that this list will be updated on a regular basis throughout the month. If you know of an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month that should be listed here, please email the office of DEI’s event coordinator, Sherrene DeLong at sdelong@nvcc.edu.

NOVA Celebrates! Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist 2022

September 15, 2022 - October 15, 2022

One simple way we can honor Hispanic Heritage Month is by listening to music that reflects Hispanic/Latinx culture. At the Office of DEI, choosing to change our background music has impacted us in a few ways:

  1. It's been such a mood lifter and makes us want to dance!
  2. It exposes us to music that we may not have chosen to listen to before, and,
  3. It allows us to connect with those around us as we ask for song recommendations and music that is meaningful to them.

Celebrating a heritage month (particularly for those of us who are not members of the community being celebrated) takes a bit of intentionality. It could look like learning about a historic figure that is important to this community, talking with colleagues or students about what the celebration means to them, or a host of other ways we can educate ourselves and work to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the Hispanic/Latinx community.

If you want to join the Office of DEI in celebrating through music. You are invited to check out the new NOVA Celebrates! Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 Playlist on YouTube. Feel free to share the playlist with everyone in your circles and encourage them to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! You can also invite folks to submit a song to add to the playlist here.

DEI Spotlight Event: Dr. Gina Garcia

Thursday, September 22
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Woodbridge, WAS 139

Dr. Gina Garcia is one of the leading scholars on Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the country. Come kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by listening to her share about what it means to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution. You can also enjoy a curated Hispanic Heritage Month music playlist and join in some impromptu dancing! A signed copy of Dr. Garcia’s books will be raffled during this event.

Salsa Magic

Tuesday, September 27
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Manassas Cafeteria, MH First Floor

Student Life at Manassas is hosting Salsa Magic! Salsa Magic is a Latin dance company that has performed at different colleges across the United States teaching Latin dance. This event is open to campus faculty, staff, and students. | The College Agency

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

Wednesday, October 12
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
CF Quad, Annandale campus

Our American Dream: Latino Contributions through Civic Participation

Wednesday, October 12
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
CA 302, Annandale campus

Enjoy some good food, live music, and fun during the Hispanic Heritage Fiesta at Annandale! Following the Fiesta, there will be a special presentation by guest speaker Honorable J. Walter Tejada, a Community Leader and Arlington's first Hispanic Board Member, elected in 2003.

View the event flyer.

These events are presented by the Annandale Campus Lyceum Committee and Student Life.

Virtual Speech Competition W/Prizes!

Deadline: Friday, Sept. 30 at 5pm See this flyer for details regarding this celebration of Hispanic Heritage! This event is hosted by the Woodbridge campus.

Dia de los Muertos: Shrine of Remembrance

Oct. 28 – Nov. 4
Deadline for photo submissions: Wed, Oct. 21, noon

Send your message to a loved one passed. The Shrine will be located on the Woodbridge campus in Seefeldt Bldg. Third Floor. There is also a photo competition with a prize of $100! See this flyer for more information.

NOVA Libraries: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

NOVA Libraries has many wonderful fiction books written by Hispanic authors, including both new and popular authors as well as timeless classics. Titles like Julia Alvarez's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street are long-time favorites from notable Hispanic authors, but we also have a number of recent bestsellers from writers like Zoraida Córdova (The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina), Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties), and Silvia Moreno-Garcia (The Daughter of Doctor Moreau). We hope you'll give them a read!

If you're not a fan of fiction, don't despair! We've got plenty of books for nonfiction readers as well. If you like memoirs, you might check out John Paul Brammer's ¡Hola Papi!: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons or Carmen Maria Machado's In the Dream House. History readers might enjoy titles like Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States and El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America. You can even learn about the contributions of Hispanic and Latino people in Virginia from Christine Stoddard's Hispanic & Latino Heritage in Virginia.

If you're not looking to pick up a book for Hispanic Heritage Month, why not try watching a film instead! Our Video Streaming Collections include a wide variety of films, so whether you're a documentary enthusiast or you'd prefer to watch one of our fun feature films, NOVA Libraries has something for you, with films for the whole family, like Book of Life and Encanto, or documentary films, like The Latino Americans and Letters to Eloisa.

If none of these recommendations seem right for you, there's more where that came from! Library staff at multiple campus libraries have compiled selections of their favorite Hispanic Heritage Month titles in informative displays you can find in the libraries. The displays pictured here were created by Supie Wolf (AN), Ann Emerson (LO), Shawna Guidry (MA), Molly Anderson (WO), and Kerry Cotter (WO). Additionally, Stacy Arth (AN) built this Celebrating Hispanic Heritage LibGuide, which provides links to books, films, podcasts, music, artists, and other resources that are relevant to Hispanic Heritage Month.

If, after all this, you're still not seeing anything your like, don't lose hope! You can always ask one of your friendly librarians. Stop by any of the NOVA Libraries, and we'll help you track down something that meets your needs!

Hispanic Heritage Month displays at NOVA Libraries