Celebrate Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month this year, Utah! Events are being held across the state throughout September and October to celebrate unity, diversity, and the contributions of our Latinx & Hispanic Community.
What is Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month?
Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month is a national and annual celebration of the history and culture of Latinx and Hispanic communities since 1968(History.com). This celebration spans from September 15th to October 15th, honoring the diversity, influence, and contributions of Latinx and Hispanic people, integral to the fabric of our nation as a whole as well as our state. This set of dates is intentional, as it captures various independence days (Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) and special holidays significant to Latin American countries (National Hispanic Heritage Month).
In Utah, the Hispanic or Latino population is Utah's second largest racial and ethnic population at nearly half a million Utahns (492,912) in 2020. This group grew by 134,572 people, increasing from 13.0% of the population in 2010 to 15.1% in 2020 (Kem C. Gardner, 2021).
What are the Terms?
The term Latinx, Latino, Latina, and Latine refers to a person with heritage or origin tracing back to Latin America—regardless of race. Hispanic refers to people with a background from a Spanish-speaking country.
Eager to learn more? Check out the National Hispanic Heritage Month page for educational materials, books, videos, and articles.
Latino Town Hall Survey / Encuesta para Foro Latino
Submit Your Questions | Inform State Priorities
Your feedback and questions will be used to guide the discussion during the Utah Governor Latino Town Hall in October. All responses will remain anonymous. Thank you for taking the time!