Archives & Special Collections Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage Month

A banner for hispanic heritage monthObserved annually from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history, heritage, contributions, and diversity of the American Latinx community. Notably, the dates of the month encompass the independence anniversaries for many Latin American countries, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras, as well as the independence days of Mexico and Chile.

University Archives and Special Collections is home to a range of materials documenting the experiences of Latinx students at Brandeis, including this 2021 video chronicling the experiences of alumni and current students. The activities of GRITO, a student organization that worked to increase and support the Latinx population both at Brandeis and throughout the Waltham area, are documented in Student Activism and other collections, as well as a 15-minute film created by Maria Rodriguez ‘75 and her son Dioni Gomez. Additionally, teaching and course materials for Hispanic Studies are part of several faculty collections, most notably the papers of Denah Lida and Lawrence Fuchs.