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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.