Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

The Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Celebration was created with a desire to educate and heighten awareness about the rich culture. As the population continues to grow at Clemson University, we are encouraged by our peers and the administration to create opportunities for all members of our campus community to celebrate and find value in the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos. Ultimately we hope to begin cultivating a true inclusive environment built upon a passion for learning and mutual respect.


Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month 2019


Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Keynote
Christine Chavez
Thursday, September 12, 2019
6 p.m.
Strom Thurmond Building Auditorium
The Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month Celebration was created with a desire to educate and heighten awareness about the rich culture. This year, Clemson University will host Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez (American labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962). Christine currently works for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, as an Outreach Coordinator, for the Public Affairs Team. In this role, she works closely with underserved farmers from populations including: Hmong, Latinx, African American, Veterans, LGBTQ and women farmers. This event is free and open to the public. 

Salsa at Sunset
Friday, September 20, 2019
6 – 10 p.m.
South Green Lawn
Salsa Lessons from 6 – 7 p.m.
Come dance the night away under the stars at this year’s Salsa at Sunset! A Greenville staple is making a special stop at Clemson University. This year’s event features David Rodriguez and the Latin Caravan, a local salsa band from the Upstate region. The Pura Alegria Dance Company will be providing free dance lessons from 6 - 7 p.m. with the live music portion starting at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
David Peebles, Hendrix Student Center
The topic of discussion will be Pathways to Citizenship: Los Caminos a la Ciudadanía. The event will consist of a panel of Clemson students with different personal experiences and perspectives relating to this topic. The main purpose of the event is to educate and facilitate a forum for questions that aim to clear misconceptions regarding the path(s) to become an American Citizen, with an emphasis on migrants from Latin America.

Multicultural Dining Day
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Dinner cycle (evening)
Fresh Food Company at McAllister Hall (formerly Core)
Come celebrate the foods of the Latinx community. This event is done is collaboration with the Council of Diversity Affairs. Meal plan recommended or price of meal paid for at door.

El Camino a Clemson
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Memorial Auditorium, Old Main Hall
*Click the name of the event to RSVP
Clemson University, in collaboration with Admissions and various Latin-based organizations, will invite Hispanic/Latinx students and families from local and regional high schools to spend a day at Clemson University and discuss the importance of education. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with current Clemson students, faculty, and staff while learning about the transition from high school to college.

Noche Latino
Saturday, September 28, 2019
9pm – midnight
Barnes Center
Noche Latino is an event that celebrates Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month by providing a space to learn and enjoy dances that originated in Spain and Latin America. Hosted by all six Latinx organizations on campus, Noche Latino will include dance lessons, time to dance, piñata craft-making, and a dancing competition with prizes! Purchase tickets here.

Film Showing
Friday, October 4, 2019
6 – 8 p.m.
McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center
Join us for a screening followed by a discussion of "Harvest Season" a film by award-winning filmmaker Bernado Ruiz. Harvest Season probes the lives of the multigenerational Latinos, temporary laborers, and permanent residents intimately connected to the production of premium wines in the Napa and Sonoma regions of Northern California-in the midst of one of the most dramatic grape harvests in recent memory.

Fall In Day of Service
Saturday, October 5, 2019
Morning and afternoon shifts (check Eventbrite for more details)
This year, Clemson's Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is teaming up with Student Involvement and Leadership for The Fall In Day of Service! Join us on October 5th as Clemson students go out to volunteer with our community partners and engage with our local agencies. There will be sites dedicated specifically to issues that affect the Hispanic/Latinx community like Safe Harbor, the Greenville Free Medical Center, and the Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen. To sign up, follow the Eventbrite link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-in-day-of-service-registration-70546006003. If you are volunteering with Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, please let us know in the registration form. Transportation and lunch is provided to all volunteers.

Grab n’ Go
Friday, October 11, 2019
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Brown Room, Cooper Library
Grab your lunch and join us for a chance to meet, mingle, and engage with other Latinx students and professionals at Clemson! There will be small food items and dessert available as well.

Noche de Gala
Saturday, October 19, 2019
7 – 10 p.m.
Grand Ballroom, Madren Center
Tickets for this event can be purchased online or at the door.
This culminating event for Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month will include live entertainment and authentic food. Recognition awards will be presented to those individuals who have contributed to enhancing the campus climate for Hispanic and Latinx students, faculty, and staff. Tickets for the event will be available for purchase soon.