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Celebrating Latinx Heritage at Georgetown

Georgetown community members connect with Latinx culture and heritage through teaching, research and scholarship and build community around shared identity and experiences. We honor the vibrant histories, languages, traditions and values that transcend borders and unite Latinx people across the Americas and Caribbean islands.

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Latinx Heritage Month

The movement to celebrate the contributions of the Latin American community in the United States was introduced in 1968 and has since transformed into a nationally recognized, month-long commemoration of Latinx culture from September 15 through October 15.

A student with a blue hat on backwards walks down a hallway, at the end of which a logo for the School of Medicine is painted on the wall.

Latinx Identity in Medicine

School of Medicine students display the joy and pride they have for their heritage.

Community Voices

“To have an impact, I returned to the community I knew best—the Latino one. A small group of health professionals and I opened Mary’s Center in 1988 to support women who crossed the border and were pregnant.”

“Many people think that the formation of Latinx communities happened naturally and peacefully, but in actuality, these neighborhoods were often formed in a context of violence and ethnic and racial hostility leading to white flight but also white ethnic community organizing to prevent diversification of their neighborhoods.”

“I seek to combine these questions of status, health and migration as I study how acculturation shapes attitudes towards mental health and treatment for documented and undocumented Mexican immigrants as part of my thesis research.”

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Engaging Latin America

The Georgetown Americas Institute is a platform for dialogue, research and impact around the key challenges facing Latin America and the hemisphere.

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From the Archives

In 1978, a Puerto Rican woman name Aida Berio (SFS’52) made headlines for filing a lawsuit for racial discrimination in Washington, DC. After the court’s final decision favored Berio, DC Mayor Marion Barry nominated her as director of the district’s Office of Latino Affairs.

A Testimonial

Jennifer Crewalk

“Building a conscious community can educate and move people toward awareness of their own privilege. When people acknowledge their own privileges, they can better advocate for others.”