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Celebrate Diversity: Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15

Sept. 15th- Oct. 15th│Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Learn about Hispanic Heritage, celebrated between Sept 15th-Oct 15th nationwide as National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries.

Hispanic vs Latino/a- What is the difference?

Hispanic refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a Spanish-speaking country.

Latino/a or Latinx refers to a person who is from, or a descendant of someone who is from, a country in Latin America.

How do you know when to use which term?

While it’s true that the terms Hispanic and Latino can engender a sense of community and common history for those who self-identify, imposing one of these labels on another person is unhelpful.

Instead, it’s best to respect whatever label a person gives themselves or to avoid labels altogether if that is their preference. In general, there are a number of different ways in which a Hispanic/Latino person might identify themselves (or, they may not have a preference):

  • Hispanic
  • Latino/Latina
  • Latinx
  • By their country of origin (e.g. a person may identify as “Salvadoran,” from El Salvador or “Colombian,” from Colombia)
  • A hyphenated label (e.g., first-generation folks whose families are from a country outside of the U.S. might say that they are Salvadoran-American, or “my family is from El Salvador”)
  • American

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Visit our interactive Latino Heritage Month displays until 9/23. The displays will feature instruments you can take with as well as more information on you can celebrate your patients and coworkers cultures. Be sure to leave your feedback using the QR code on the table at the following cafeteria locations:

  • Hershey Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Medical Center
  • Lancaster Medical Center

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September 15
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Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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