Hispanic Heritage Month: On-campus organizations celebrate culture

Augusta University is honoring National Hispanic Heritage Month, hosted annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, with a variety of events and spotlights of Hispanic organizations and community members.

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

According to Pew Research Center, Hispanics made up nearly 19% of people in the U.S. in 2020, up from 16% in 2010 and just 5% in 1970.

Several on-campus groups work to enrich Hispanic culture in the community.

  • Club de Español: This club works with other on-campus organizations that are based around the culture of Spanish-speaking countries to create an environment for students to learn, understand and experience the Spanish language and culture.
  • Hispanic Organization of Youth (HOY): This organization focuses on uniting the Latinx community at Augusta University while being inclusive of all minorities and non-minorities. Their goal is to foster a sense of community within HOY and increase visibility of the Hispanic community’s rich and vibrant cultures.
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA): This organization is a local chapter of the Hispanic Dental Association, and seeks to provide service, education, advocacy and leadership opportunities for the promotion of overall health of the Hispanic community and other under-served communities.
  • Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA): This organization seeks to unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship and education while advocating for the health of the Latino community.
  • Latinx-American Nursing Student Association: This organization provides members service, advocacy and leadership opportunities that support improving health in the Latinx community, and brings awareness to the health disparities affecting this population.

In addition to learning about campus organizations, community members are encouraged to attend Hispanic Heritage Month events.

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