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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The observance, inspired by many Latin American countries celebrating the anniversary of their independence during this period and the growing influence of people of Hispanic descent in American society, dates back to 1968.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)’s Guide to Observing Hispanic Heritage Month offers a variety of curriculum models and units of study, as well as links to social media content creators, and resources for educators. 

“Students continue to request representation in school,” says Valentín Escañuela, executive leadership coach in SDCOE’s Equity department. “Finding ways to elevate the richness and beauty of Latinx histories, cultures, and traditions creates spaces where students feel valued and respected.” 

There are more than 60 million Hispanic Americans in the United States, accounting for 18.7% of the national population, making them the largest minority group. Hispanic Americans contribute significantly to our country’s prosperity and spirit. 

As we celebrate our nation's Hispanic heritage, it is important that we also recognize and honor the great diversity of Hispanic Americans. We can do that through our language. What’s the difference between Hispanic, Chicano/a, or Latino/a/x/e? That’s one more resource you can explore in the Guide to Observing Hispanic Heritage Month.

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