Celebrating Latinx Heritage Month 2023
Latinx Heritage Month is a time to acknowledge the unwavering spirit, contributions, and traditions of Latinx, Chicanx, and all individuals from America and those whose ancestors hail from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain, and Central and South America.
The month-long celebration originated in 1968, when Proclamation 3869 was signed by President Lyndon Johnson, designating National Hispanic Heritage Week. The week-long celebration was expanded to a month in 1988, with festivities running annually from September 15 to October 15. This period is a time to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments and unique contributions, cultures, and histories of this diverse community of more than 63.7 million across the United States.
As we share community’s contributions, we must first acknowledge the conversations around the use of multiple “umbrella” terms, such as Hispanic, Chicano/Chicana, or Latino/Latina/Latinx/Latine, and the many intersectional identifying terms people embrace, whether racial identities or signifiers, such as first-generation or undocumented/documented. We respect and appreciate how community members choose to self-identify. While we use the broader term Latinx for this message, we are mindful both of the shared histories of inequities Latinx communities have endured, as well as the historical, raciolinguistic, social and educational variance and specificities experienced by Latinx peoples.
Oscar Dubón, associate dean for students at Berkeley Engineering, discusses what it means to belong, how to find your place and how to support others trying to do the same.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Staff Organizations and Committees
Meet our New Staff and Faculty
Luis Rodriguez is the new Associate Director in the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office overseeing the Cal Student Central team as well as Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes, and Honors.
Verónica Gómez Sánchez joins the division as an assistant professor in the campus Department of Philosophy, where she focuses on the metaphysics of science and the philosophy of cognitive science.
UC Berkeley’s Division of Arts & Humanities is pleased to welcome professor Juan David Rubio Restrepo as of July 1, 2023. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Music and specializes in Chicanx music culture and history.
Liz Gálvez is a prize–winning architect, whose work centers around developing new environmentalisms in architecture, is interested in integrating energy and material processes with design to develop new ways of living.