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Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month (nationally known as Hispanic Heritage Month) is celebrated September 15 - October 15. The university community host a variety of programs and events which aim to educate on Latinx issues and build community on campus. All throughout the month we have new and exciting events, collaborations, and contributions from students, staff, faculty, and the campus community.

Please visit this site for up to date information on activities throughout the month. 

If there are other NU community events that you would like to be included, please email details to

Latinx Heritage Month 2020 Events

*Because of Covid-19, all MSA sponsored events will be online. 

Pilsen Mural Walking Tour (virtual)
  • September 28, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
  • RSVP
  • Join us as we are led by Luis Tuben, Director of Pilsen Public Art Tours. The virtual tour of the iconic murals in Chicago's historic Pilsen neighborhood will cover; a brief history of the neighborhood, the different waves of murals (i.e. social and political murals, the graffiti movement, and logo art), the purposes of murals, and their varying styles and techniques. Of course, seeing the murals in person is the best way to experience them but the advantage we have with the virtual tour is that we'll be able to see murals that are too far to walk to on a standard route. Registration link above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Voto Latinx
  • September 29, 2020 
  • @MSAatNU Instagram
  • Visit the MSA Instagram account @MSAatNU for information regarding the history of voting in the Latinx community and information about planning your vote. 
Café con Leche - Meet and Greet with Northwestern's Latinx Faculty
  • October 2, 2020 - 3:00pm-4:30pm CDT
  • RSVP
  • Join Multicultural Student Affairs and the Latinx Studies Program for a meet and greet with Latinx faculty members from across NU! Get to know professors outside of the classroom setting, and build your network of support. We will be joined by:
    • Professor Alyssa Garcia (Gender and Sexuality Studies Program)
    • Professor Myrna García (Latinx Studies Program)
    • Dr. José Ramón Fernández-Peña (Health Professions Advising)
    • Professor Tali Figueroa-Feliciano (Physics and Astronomy)
    • Professor Elvia Mendoza (Latinx Studies Program)
    • Professor Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Sociology)
    • Professor Mérida M. Rúa (Latinx Studies Program)
    • Professor Marcelo Vinces (Biology) 
Queer Latinx Affinity Space
  • October 7, 2020 - 6:00pm-7:00pm CDT
  • RSVP
  • Join us for an evening of community building and intermingling! This space centers on the intersecting experiences of LGBTQIA+ identifying Latinx Northwestern students. 
Radical Tenderness with Ariana Brown
  • October 14, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm CDT
  • Zoom RSVP Required
  • Join this MSA collaboration of Queer and Trans Empowerment Month, Latinx Heritage Month, and Black House Community night in a writing and dialogue workshop entitled Radically Tender. Embracing our own softness can feel impossible in a world which tells us we must develop hardness in order to survive. How can we allow ourselves to find the power in tenderness, in softness? This workshop explores the capabilities of tenderness, focusing on self-care and communal care, through writing exercises and group dialogue. Ariana Brown is a queer Black Mexican American poet from the Southside of San Antonio, TX. She is the author of 'Sana Sana,' a poetry chapbook with @gameoverbooks, and is a 2014 national collegiate poetry slam champion. Ariana's work investigates queer Black personhood in Mexican American spaces, spirituality, and healing. Find her poems + rants on IG/Twitter @arianathepoet.
National Latino Aids Awareness Day 
  • October 15, 2020 
  • online
  • Nationally October 15th, has been designated as National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD). In 2003, NLAAD was established in response to the impact of HIV and AIDS on Hispanic/Latinx communities nationwide. Join MSA on social media for information to create awareness around the issues of AIDS in the Latinx community.
Latinx Community Gathering x Solidari-Tea: Flilipinx/Latinx Solidarity 
  • October 21, 2020 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDT 
  • RSVP
  • Throughout the academic year, MSA hosts a community gathering for Latinx students and student organizations to make connections and to discuss local and global events, address important issues, share information, and build community. This month we are hosting a cross-over event with Solidari-Tea
  • What does it really mean to show up for others? In honor of Filipinx American History Month and Latinx Heritage Month, we’re exploring what Filipinx/Latinx coalition-building in the labor rights movement can teach us about cultivating solidarity. As the Tagalog saying goes: “isang bagsak” (if one falls, we all fall). We're also offering five students who register and attend this session 18 Million Rising sticker sets as a reminder of the ways our communities show up for each other!
Spirit Food/Comiendo Mis Muertos: Honoring our ancestors with the stories we tell 
  • October 28, 2020 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM CDT 
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  • Join MSA for our annual Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Celebration. This year we are partnering with CCS for this special talk featuring Chicana author Malin Alegria, author of the Disney storybook adaptation of Coco. 
  • Storytellers. We all have them. You know you do. Maybe it's your tía who lowers her voice as she spills family secrets at the kitchen table. Perhaps it's your uncle who will give you a magical tale. These are our storytellers...our spirit food. Their stories tell us who we are, where we've been, and lift us up for things to come. As a Chicana author, I have had the honor and responsibility of sharing my family, my cultura, in mainstream publication. This Dia de Los Muertos I want to invite you to join me in a talk about storytellers, mis muertos. I will share tales of quinceañera disasters to writing for Coco. And how we can celebrate our culture with commercial success while protecting our stories from cultural appropriation.


Solidarity is a Process
  • October 1, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
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  • This past summer, Black Lives Matter protests across the United States renewed conversations about “solidarity” between Latinos and African Americans. For some, solidarity could be taken for granted, because Latinos and African Americans both face violence, discrimination, and inequality. For others, solidarity was impossible because of anti-blackness among Latin Americans and Latinos in the United States, even though there are estimates that as much as a quarter of Latinos today identify as Afro-Latino. This conversation will instead seek to understand solidarity as a process, a goal that our communities work toward. Discussants will explore solidarity as a research methodology, and when, how, and why it has worked—or failed—in the past.

    Sponsored by the Latina Latino Studies Program 

¡Alianza Bienvenidos! 

Alianza Latinx Student Alliance presents ¡Bienvenidos! Join Alianza at their first event of the fall quarter! Come hear about NU's Latinx community and hear about other Latinx affiliated student organizations. Additionally, we will be joined by some of NU's beloved Latinx faculty and have time to get to know each other at the end of the session.estern.