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Board Resolution Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month

The San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution recognizing Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Resolution 2022-17 reads:

WHEREAS the San Diego County Board of Education and San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) are committed to serving, inspiring, and promoting student success while improving student equity and access to high-quality education; and

WHEREAS National Hispanic Heritage Month is a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 — the day which represents the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries — and lasts through Oct. 15; and

WHEREAS Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates Hispanic culture and contributions to our community and nation; and

WHEREAS no matter the term one identifies as — whether it be Hispanic, Latino, Latinx, or Chicano/a — we speak of people whose history is rich and who have positively influenced and continue to influence our nation, state, region, and schools through entrepreneurship, commitment to community service, deep value of justice and liberty, and social and cultural life; and

WHEREAS, Hispanic/Latinx students represent the largest racial/ethnic group among the state’s student population and in San Diego County make up 48% of the TK-12 public school enrollment; and

WHEREAS, in resonance with the voice of our Latinx students, the San Diego County Board of Education recognizes the significant contributions and considerable advances that Hispanic Americans have made, and continue to make as leaders, politicians, educators, and public servants; and

WHEREAS Hispanic Heritage Month also is an opportunity to share the historical contributions of Hispanic Americans who have significantly impacted education; and

WHEREAS, these pioneers include Roberto Alvarez, whose groundbreaking case Roberto Álvarez v Lemon Grove School District was the first successful school desegregation case in American history, and

WHEREAS, throughout the year we also honor and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans who serve our communities and schools such as civil rights trailblazers Cesar Chavez and Dolores Clara Fernández Huerta; and

WHEREAS SDCOE is actively engaging in and expanding partnerships that uplift Hispanic/Latinx students and help prepare them for a future without boundaries; and

WHEREAS, SDCOE has established a Latinx Advisory Committee that meets quarterly to engage in dialogue with the county superintendent; and

WHEREAS SDCOE is dedicated to support Latinx communities by providing resources, programming, and training for teachers, schools, and school districts; and

WHEREAS SDCOE continues to expand recruitment efforts to attract diverse educators into the teaching profession and for administrative credentials in increase representation in classrooms; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Diego County Board of Education joins citizens throughout the country in recognizing and celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

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