The 2021 Hispanic Heritage Month national theme is
“Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope”
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) events at Georgia Tech celebrate and recognize the economic, scientific, cultural, and social contributions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States. The Office of Hispanic Initiatives (OHI) advises a student committee to coordinate efforts with several Hispanic/Latino student organizations in organizing the Hispanic Heritage Month celebration from mid-September through mid-October.
2021 HHM events sponsored and co-sponsored by OHI include:
Spotlights of Georgia Tech Hispanic/Latinx faculty and staff
Every week Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 (Via email) The Hispanics Or Latinos and Allies (HOLA) Employee Resource Group (ERG) will spotlight several Hispanics/Latinos from the Georgia Tech community who have made an impact on their communities. Learn more about the HOLA ERG at sdie.gatech.edu/HOLA-ERG.
Latinos/Hispanics in STEM: A Career Path Series, Featuring Dr. Nicole Mendoza
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 4-5 p.m. (Virtual) Dr. Nicole Mendoza, a senior researcher in wind energy systems at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, working primarily in offshore floating and onshore wind energy, will share her life's experiences. The seminar series shares experiences of successful professionals of Latino/Hispanic heritage working in various fields including academia, private industry, and government. (Presented by the Latino Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS), the GoSTEM Program, and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.) For more information, visit gostem.gatech.edu/career-path-series. Register at primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/bghshkbw.
- Mini World Cup
Friday, Oct. 1, 1:30-5:30 p.m. - Roe Stamps Fields (Next to the CRC) Students will display their commitment to teamwork and love for football ("soccer") by participating in this friendly competition. Teams will represent different countries. First- and second-place teams will receive a trophy and medals. (Hosted by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and sponsored by L3Harris Technologies Inc.) More
- Latinos/Hispanics in STEM: A Career Path Series, Featuring Dr. Carmen Collazo-Custodio
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 4-5 p.m. (Virtual) Dr. Carmen Collazo-Custodio, a former FDA vaccines division scientist (who now works for multinational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline), will share her life's experiences. The seminar series shares experiences of successful professionals of Latino/Hispanic heritage working in various fields including academia, private industry, and government. (Presented by the Latino Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS); the GoSTEM Program; and the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.) For more information, visit gostem.gatech.edu/career-path-series. Register at primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/qqcukcgb.
- Annual HHM Lecture
Wednesday, October 6, 3-4:30 p.m. (Virtual) As part of Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s Intercultural Lecture Series, the 2021 HHM Lecture will feature Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, world-renowned neurosurgeon and neuroscientist. Co-sponsored by Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) and the GoSTEM Program. Register at primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/register/jtzqjaqg.
- Direct to Discovery con la Biblioteca de Georgia Tech - Carreras de Tecnología
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Hybrid - virtual and in person at several public libraries in the metro Atlanta area) Direct to Discovery interactions will be delivered in Spanish and will create K-12 student awareness of the diverse people and roles that make up the technology landscape. Through live, interactive virtual sessions, these interactions will serve to foster a technology identity, particularly among those groups of students who may not yet visualize themselves as belonging to the technology workforce. (Presented by the Georgia Tech Library and GTRI with the support of the GoSTEM Program and OHI.) Register at gtri.gatech.edu/carreras.
- HHM Closing Ball
Friday, Oct. 15, 6-11 p.m. (Klaus Atrium) Authentic Latin-American cuisine, raffles, dancing, speakers, awards, photobooth, and an appearance by Buzz. Music from DJ EU. Salsa performance by GT Salsa Club and Bachata performance by AATMA. The dress code is semi-formal. Limited seating. Hosted by the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). Pre-registration is required and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at University Tickets. Tickets are selling quickly and the deadline to buy tickets has been extended to Wednesday, October 6! Options to buy up to 5 tickets are now available, so bring your date or your friends!
2021 Hispanic Heritage Month Planning Committee
- Dr. Diley Hernandez, Co-Chair
- Jorge Breton, Co-Chair
- Adriana Mulero Russe
- Analia Rao
- Courtney Hill
- Dr. Juan C. Rodriguez
- Kenneth De Jesus
- Marisa Cepeda
- Nicole Diaz
- Robert Rogers
- Tamara Ballou