From September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic American Heritage Month is celebrated to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans. This observation started in 1968 under President Johnson, marking the importance of September 15, which is the anniversary of independence for several Latin American countries. It was expanded into October to recognize Día de la Raza, or “Day of the Race,” which celebrates the countries and people conquered by Spain and other European colonialists. There are many ways people can get involved and honor Hispanic Heritage Month —check out local events to see if local groups are celebrating. Some are celebrating with food trucks, concerts, storytelling, and festivals. A few examples of virtual celebrations include Seramount’s Hispanic Heritage Month Webinar, a self-guided tour of DC’s Latino Street Murals: A Virtual Tour, a pajama party for the whole family with The National Archives, and a virtual bookshelf experience with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Workplaces can also celebrate in person and virtually throughout the month with some of the following ideas:
Check out what some of Seramount’s member organizations are doing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, AAA – The Auto Club Group will host the following activities and events:
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Allstate’s Professional Latino Network ERG will host the following events:
The Organization for Latino Achievement (OLA) at Bristol Myers Squibb is organizing a keynote focused on the value that Latine professionals bring to pharmacology. Additionally, the company will have a career workshop and an event focused on health equity. OLA members will also have the opportunity to participate in a day of service focused on STEM education and health equity.
HOLA, Capgemini’s Hispanic ERG, is planning multiple events and activities for Hispanic Heritage Month. Capgemini North America is divided into six main geographical offices, and most will engage in community service activities and social activities. Capgemini will be working with HACE to establish conversations via lunch-and-learns and in executive leadership programs to further highlight the Latine experience in the workplace. The Capgemini HOLA ERG has two to three events planned each week to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Follow along on the company’s social media platforms with the hashtags #getthefutureyouwant, #HOLAcapgemini, and #CapgeminiHHM.
At FINRA, the communications subcommittee is in charge of distributing the company’s plans to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Each week the group will distribute via email and TEAMS Channel a highlight of what’s to come, including:
Freddie Mac is “Going Forward” this National Hispanic Heritage Month – celebrating the lives and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have impacted the housing industry and the world. From UCLA’s David Haynes-Bautista, Ph.D., employees will hear about the “History of Latino Homeownership.” Noerena Limón, Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Industry Relations at the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (AHREP), will also lead a forum on the “State of Hispanic Homeownership.” Chef Lala, an award-winning motivational speaker/master chef nutritionist, will also join Freddie Mac for a virtual cooking event. Freddie Mac’s National Hispanic Heritage Month activities will continue to reinforce the company’s mission to make home possible – and inclusive – for all.
This year in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Horizon BCBSNJ’s Affinity Group, the Latin American Cultural Organization (LACO), will be kicking off the month with various activities to be sent out to the company’s Diversity Groups. These activities will be for the whole month, September 15–October 15, highlighting different ways to celebrate and show what Hispanic Heritage Month means and why it matters.
On September 29, the LACO Affinity Group will also host their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, which will focus around the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month: UNIDOS! Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation! Guest panelists will include Jennifer Velez, Senior Vice President & General Counsel – Horizon BCBSNJ; Luis Diaz, Director – Gibbons P.C.; and Emily Estevez, Managing Director & Group Head Corporate – Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, the Diversity and Inclusion Office will send out communications to detail events and activities that will take place at the IMF between September 15 and October 15. The D&I Office will also suggest external events that IMF employees can participate in with their family/friends.
Collaborative events between the D&I Office and the company’s diversity resource groups (DRGs), Affinity Groups, and the Latin American & Caribbean group will also take place throughout the month.
Nationwide Insurance will be celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with four internal events for the company’s Latine associates and allies focused on professional development, cultural events, in-person events with leadership members, and community engagement opportunities. Part of the programming also includes recognition throughout the month and an interactive educational Lotería.
Nationwide will also promote volunteer opportunities for Latine associates and allies across the country as part of the company’s call to community giving and service. An external event will be hosted for career opportunities specifically for Latine students and early career professionals.
Follow along on Nationwide’s LinkedIn with #NLAFamilia and #NationwideFamilia hashtags throughout the month.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, NetApp is planning special employee communications, fireside chats with leaders, a panel discussion, and a collaborative event with Latinas in Tech. The company will also be hosting an event with the community partnership partner Bay Scholars and another to-be-determined nonprofit organization. A car show will also be hosted by a few of the company’s employee resource groups at the RTP location. Follow along on NetApp’s social media with the hashtags #HHM2022 and #HispanicHeritageMonth.
New York Life will be hosting a series of events throughout Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the culture and history of Hispanic Americans:
For Hispanic Heritage Month, Otis Elevator is planning ERG-hosted events for employees:
Paramount is hosting an array of programming, including:
Paramount will also have a social media campaign highlighting talent who will share their authentic stories titled #SomosGeneraciones, which will kick off early in Hispanic Heritage Month.
Qualcomm’s LatinQ Inclusion Group presents Hispanic Heritage Month with exciting cultural performances, authentic cuisines from invited vendors, music, and opportunities to learn about the Hispanic/Latine culture.
LatinQ Inclusion Group will also host ConversaciónesQ with Lisiane Lemos: Inclusive Leadership Across the Americas.
LatinQ Inclusion Group and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team will co-host an executive fireside chat for Hispanic Heritage Month with Cisco Sanchez, SVP & CIO, and Alejandro Holcman, SVP, Engineering.
At Sodexo, this year’s SOLebration theme is OneVoz (One Voice), which is meant to celebrate all voices to build the future. In a world that forces us to choose only one identity, the goal of OneVoz is to highlight all the rich complexities of the Sodexo community by hosting a variety of cross-EBRG activities. Here, the company can create a space to embrace the multidimensional aspects that make up the beautiful fabric of the Latine culture. This month will feature internal intersectional programs with partner EBRGs, as well as events featuring guest speakers from external partners. The goal is to amplify the Hispanic/Latino/a/e/x community within Sodexo as well as the communities in which the company serves.
Follow Sodexo’s celebration with #OneVoz on the company’s social media pages.
The Spectrum Health Inclusion Resource Group (IRG), Fusion, will host La Pena and a Lotería Night. The company has also designed Teams backgrounds for employees to further celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The company is also sponsoring and encouraging IRG volunteers to attend the Grand Rapids Hispanic Festival, including a booth with giveaways. Fusion is volunteering with, and running in, the Latino Health 5K run/walk. There will also be a Backpack Giveaway with Fusion members volunteering at the community event and handing out supplies at their booth.
Follow along with Spectrum Health social media posts for more information.
This National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Staff Diversity & Inclusion invites all Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) Latine employees to share their family recipes (recetas) with the entire WCM community! Ceviche, pernil, arroz con gandules, coquito…let’s honor Latine roots with Latine flavors (sabores)! Employees can submit their family recipes through a bilingual online survey or post them directly on the WCM National Hispanic Heritage Month Kudo Board. Selected recipes will be compiled into From Our Table to Yours, a WCM Latinx flavors cookbook.
The Office of Staff Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement will also host a panel discussion in September to explore the current gap in Latine representation in leadership roles in “Corporate America,” reflecting on the unique roadblocks and opportunities the community faces. Panelists will share their insights on the diverse intersectional Latine diaspora, how they have navigated workplace biases and challenges, what their perceptions of leaders are, and what companies and leaders can do to value and support Latinx employees.