September is Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month
Así que hagamos algo bueno hoy. (So let’s do something good today.)
The United States government first dedicated time to acknowledge the unique needs of its Hispanic and Latino communities in 1968 with “Hispanic Heritage Week,” expanded to a month two decades later. In 2022, the tradition continues, but with a keener eye toward the diverse cultures and perspectives that fall under this umbrella.
Despite the broad racial diversity of Hispanics and Latinos, the two distinct groups are often represented as a homogeneous demographic. Hispanic identity refers to language, or "people of Spanish-speaking origins.” Though men and women are respectively Latino and Latina, Latino is the broadly accepted term for people whose origins are geographically located in Latin America. (Just four percent of the population prefers the more recent term Latinx.)
Our “Cause of the Month” for September is Hispanic and Latino heritage for many reasons. The COVID-19 pandemic and resultant recession has exacerbated challenges that routinely plague Hispanics and Latinos, primarily health and employment. Immigration is inherent to all the issues we highlight, and we believe that by allotting oxygen to a spectrum of cause areas, we can more effectively address the intersectionality and depth of Hispanic and Latino life.
In our “Cause of the Month: Hispanic and Latino Heritage” toolkit, you will find:
- Volunteer and giving opportunities in the US and around the world
- In-depth look at specific cause areas, including: civil rights and advocacy, labor and the economy, health, women and girls, LGBT+, education, and more
- A calendar of awareness days in September
- Employee and ERG engagement ideas, as well as a walkthrough of how to craft your campaign
- Recommendations of worthwhile books, podcasts, and films on Hispanic and Latino life and culture
At Deed, we believe that our community can work together to make a tangible difference in our Hispanic and Latino communities. Reach out now for your copy of our September’s “Cause of the Month: Hispanic and Latino Heritage” toolkit.