Hispanic Heritage Month is coming up next, officially from September 15th through October 15th. The VAHCC and its partners are kicking off the celebration on Wednesday, September 12th, with the 9th Annual Hispanic Gala. Read more about the Hispanic Gala here.
As your company gets ready to show its support for Hispanic Heritage Month, read below for a few reminders of what makes Hispanic Heritage Month so important for the United States’ diverse population:
• Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
• The term Hispanic or Latino, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.
• On the 2010 Census form, people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino origin could identify themselves as Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or “another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.”
• According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. This represents a significant increase from the 2000 Census, which registered the Hispanic population at 35.3 million or 13% of the total U.S. population.