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.

Staff Organizations and Committees

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Alianza at UC Berkeley

Join: UC Berkeley's Alianza Latinx staff organization | Community building, professional development and promotion of Latinx staff

Campus Sunset

Chicanx Latinx Standing Committee

Learn more: Chicanx/Latinx Standing Committee | The group is a permanent collective of students, staff, faculty & alumni


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HIV Prevention With Latinos: Theory, Research, and Practice

Edited by Kurt C. Organista, PhD, Professor at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.

Meet our New Staff and Faculty

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Dr. Gina Ann Garcia

She joins our School of Education as a full professor and will be serving as our inaugural Latinx Thriving Initiatives Faculty Director in 2024!

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David J.X. Gonzalez

In July 2023, Berkeley Public Health welcomed new assistant professor of environmental health science David J.X. González. 

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Jenny Guadamuz

In July 2023, Berkeley Public Health welcomed new Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management Jenny Guadamuz

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Gabriel Gonzalez

Gabriel Gonzalez is the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer for the University of California, Berkeley.

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Luis Rodriguez

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. 

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Verónica Gómez Sánchez

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.

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Juan David Rubio Restrepo

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. 

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Liz Gálvez

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.

UC Berkeley Latinx Thriving Initiatives: 2022 - 2023 Year in Review


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