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How You Can Celebrate Hispanic Heritage, Leadership & Culture

National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the historical contributions of Americans of Hispanic descent.

 

By: Stephanie Myers

This autumn during National Hispanic Heritage Month, join us in making a commitment to celebrate those who have achieved significant cultural and historical milestones while paving the way for future leaders.

Originally created as Hispanic Heritage Week, National Hispanic Heritage Month was expanded to be recognized as a month-long celebration in 1988, and has continued to grow in profile over the last 30 years. From September 15 to October 15, we celebrate and learn about the contributions and history of those whose ancestors came from Mexico, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Ways to Learn More

In time for National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Library of Congress launched an interview series, “Spotlight on Hispanic Writers,” which showcases poets and prose writers of Hispanic descent.

Meanwhile, the Smithsonian Institution offers classroom-specific resources for teachers and has created a Latino Virtual Museum that gives visitors the opportunity to learn about leaders and peruse Latino-specific digital art collections.

Focusing on the governmental sector, The National Archives and Records Administration showcases the past and present contributions of Hispanic Americans in historical, military, elected and judicial roles. Created with the goal of honoring future leaders’ contributions, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers awards for “faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students or general audiences.”

Honoring diversity in all forms, including celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month each year, is really important to us. Cox supports a multicultural workplace, including the implementation of its longstanding National Diversity & Inclusion Council, which helps set diversity strategy goals to help cultivate a space that keeps diversity as a company core value. And in its support of the League of United Latin American Citizens (the largest and oldest Hispanic organization in the U.S.) as a diversity partner, Cox seeks to lift up diverse communities through strategic philanthropic efforts.

Pledge to honor Hispanic American partners over the course of the year — not just during National Hispanic Heritage Month — and commit to continue to recognize the community’s everyday milestones.

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