Hispanic Heritage Month


The University of Central Oklahoma Office of Diversity and Inclusion will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events on campus and throughout the Oklahoma City metro. Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Sept. 13, with keynote speaker, Guillermo Morales. Morales, a Structural Analysis Engineer for Boeing and a first generation college student, will tell his story of education, perseverance, and overcoming adversity. Speaking on Latino contribution to our country's shared prosperity, Morales will discuss the importance of diversity in today's America while highlighting this year's Hispanic Heritage Month theme: Empowering Diversity, Inclusion, and Equality in America.

The planned events include:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off: noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13, NUC Ballroom C, UCO campus, Edmond. Guillermo Morales, a Structural Analysis Engineer for Boeing and a first-generation college student, will tell his story of education, perseverance, and overcoming adversity.
  • Gender and Sexuality in the Latinx Communities: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 14, Heritage Room NUC 326. This event will bring forth issues in the Latinx communities while hosting a forum for dialogue over gender and sexuality within the communities then vs. now. We will touch on the topics of Gender identity, the Latinx Movement, Sex, and inclusivity.
  • Women’s Empowerment Forum: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m, Thursday, Sept 21, Robert S. Kerr NUC 301. Join us as we welcome a panel of six Latina Women speaking about their challenges and successes as double minorities. 
  • Beyond the Border: Rhetoric Reform Start with YOU: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, Will Rogers NUC 421. This will be a forum discussing the appropriate rhetoric when discussing culture. We want to have an open discussion about how to interact and address students of different cultures and backgrounds. This will be a small event with a very intimate setting. (STLR Tagged)
  • LCDA Luncheon: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
  • Fiesta De Las Americas: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 30, Historic Capitol Hill, Oklahoma City. Fiestas de Las Americas takes place in the heart of the Historic Capitol Hill business district on Calle Dos Cinco. The award-winning festival celebrates Oklahoma’s rich multicultural heritage. The festival kicks off our colorful Parade of the Americas, followed by food, games, music, and entertainment for the whole family!
  • Dreamers Open Mic: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2, Radke Theatre in CTL. This event will be an open mic event which allows for anyone to come and speak about DACA and their experiences. Students and faculty can share testimonies/stories.
  • Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3, This will be a cultural appropriation forum discussing how the cultures are misrepresented through Halloween costumes, media, etc. It will include representation from multiple cultures. All are welcome to attend and participate in the discussion. (STLR Tagged)
  • Salsa Under the Stars: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5, Chickasaw Plaza at Old North, UCO campus, Edmond. We will be teaching the UCO community the history and dance of the salsa, a dance popular throughout Latin America. There will be a chips and salsa bar to enjoy. 
  • LFSA Financial Aid Workshop: noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, Join the Latino Faculty and Staff Association for a workshop on Financial Aid. This event is open to all students.

All events are free and most are open to the public. For more information contact Candice Bradshaw at cbradshaw4@uco.edu


Contact Us

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • 100 N. University Drive NUC BOX 321
  • Edmond, OK 73034
  • Phone: (405) 974.3588
  • Email: odi@uco.edu

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