From Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month – a time dedicated to recognizing and honoring the rich culture and countless contributions of the Latinx community. At The University of Tulsa College of Law, our Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA) and Latin American Student Association (LASA) are committed to not only acknowledging – but also amplifying – the voices and talents of Latinx peers through a series of celebratory events. This month-long celebration provides an opportunity for reflection, education, and appreciation of the rich and diverse impact of the Latinx community to American society while also showing an investment in students and the culture.
“Latinx youth often struggle to find a place in the world of higher education,” said LASA President Jasmin Resendiz (BS ’25). “By educating the public and creating an inclusive space for Latinx people, Hispanic Heritage Month events and recognition help promote inclusivity in academia and beyond.”
One of the highlights of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration was the chance for law students to support JUVENGAF, a youth outreach organization, by participating in fundraising activities. This show of support reflected the remarkable commitment Latinx law students have towards their communities. The experience underscores the significance of lending a helping hand and standing with those who need support.
Another event that received quite a bit of attention is the TU Men’s Soccer Latinx Heritage Night. Hosted by LASA, this event not only highlighted the prominent role that Latinx individuals have played in the world of sports, but also allowed Latinx students and members of the broader community to come together and celebrate their shared love of futbol.
The Dance Night hosted by Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) was another fantastic way for Latinx culture to be celebrated and enjoyed. This provided an avenue for Latinx students to revel in their unique heritage, with traditional music and dance routines that allowed for an immersive cultural experience. Activities such as this showcase how the community’s traditions have been passed down for generations.
The grand finale of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration was the Festival de law Flores, hosted by LASA. This event represents a culmination of all the best that Latinx culture has to offer, featuring diverse foods, vibrant music and dance routines, art, and special speakers that provide meaningful and enlightening insights into Latinx history and culture.
The events organized and coordinated by LLSA and other student groups serve as a prime example of the importance of celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. It’s about recognizing the contributions of Latinx people, showcasing the richness and diversity of their cultures, and creating an opportunity for Latinx and non-Latinx students alike to come together in celebration and appreciation.
“We believe in providing opportunities and spaces for people to fully immerse in culture,” said LLSA President Zac Farias (JD ‘24). “Just having the chance to experience it is incredibly enriching and empowering. Without sharing our experiences, it would be impossible for others to begin their own journey of education and discover the richness and diversity that exists.”
As we continue to grapple with complex issues of race, identity, and representation in the broader context of American society, Hispanic Heritage Month serves as a timely reminder of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and mutual respect. It’s not just about showcasing a particular culture, but about recognizing and uplifting all those who have collectively assembled America in all of its glorious diversity. Let us all continue to honor and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the rich tapestry of our culture.