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. Originally a two-week celebration, the date of September 15 was chosen to start the festivities because it 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, including 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 the following reports to learn what some of Seramount’s member organizations are doing to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Alight Solutions will be hosting the following events:
For Hispanic Heritage Month, CCC Intelligent Solutions will be hosting the following events:
Freddie Mac is “Breaking Through to Excellence” this National Hispanic Heritage Month. The HOLA Business Resource Group has several events planned, including welcoming University of Southern California professor Dr. Yasmin Davidds for her masterclass, Latinos, Advancing Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace.
In addition, there will be two service-oriented opportunities: a clothing donation drive for Shepherd’s Table, and employees will pack snack bags for students in Arlington Housing Corporation’s education programs. Freddie Mac’s own Efrain Rivera-Ortiz will also lead a salsa dance class. Together, the company aims to fulfill its mission of “making home possible” while honoring the excellence, innovation, triumphs and resilience of Hispanic communities.
One of Gallagher’s divisions is hosting a coffee chat in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Another division will be spotlighting a client who is a Hispanic woman executive; she will share her story in the division’s monthly newsletter. The company will also be posting a celebratory post for the month on all of social media outlets.
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. These activities will highlight different ways to celebrate and share the meaning of Hispanic Heritage Month and why it matters:
On September 28, the LACO Affinity Group will host their annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration, which will focus on the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month: Latinos Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America. The keynote speaker this year will be Carlos Medina, the President of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey (SHCCNJ).
For Hispanic Heritage Month, KPMG will host a panel discussion on October 12 with ALPFA titled ”Employee Resource Group Alignment and Impact.” The panel will provide valuable insights and contribute to the company’s commitment to build a more inclusive workplace culture. KPMG has eight states across the United States that will be participating by hosting watch parties at their offices (internal and external-facing) and/or an after event (happy hour and networking) to come together to close out Hispanic Heritage Month.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Moody’s will be hosting four events:
Moody’s also participated in the ALPFA (Association of Latino Professionals For America), the first national Latine professional association in the United States, Convention last August.
Follow along for more information on Moody’s celebration on the company’s LinkedIn with the hashtags #ALPFACon2023, #TeamMoodys, and #MCO.
to focus on Hispanic employees through PNC Unidos. Forum members are self-identifying Hispanic and/or Latino senior leaders and employees nominated by their line of business. Their main goal is to improve recruitment, retention and promotion of Hispanic talent at PNC.
In June 2023, PNC updated procedures and worked with an external vendor to provide a name badge add-on for Retail Banking employees who completed a PNC language certification. Name badge add-ons are optional to wear and allow bilingual employees to better support customers in their preferred language. As of June 2023, over 1,700 employees completed their PNC language certification in Spanish.
Be sure to follow PNC between September 15-20 on social media platforms for the company’s promotion of PNC The Thread Hispanic Heritage Month event.
To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Sodexo is hosting the following events: