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Drew Theological School and Hispanic Theological Initiative: A Collaborative Partnership

Together supporting Latinx students to obtain a theological education

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Francisco Pelaez-Diaz, Assistant Teaching Professor in Latinx Studies and Ministries

I believe Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate and, at the same time, to reflect on the complex history and relationship between the United States and the Latinx population. On the one hand, I applaud the celebration of the cultures (food, music, traditions, etc.), histories, and contributions of people like me, U.S. residents […]

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Jason Amaro Davila C’25

I am majoring in Spanish, theatre arts, and media & communications with a minor in musical theatre. I am the president of ARIEL (Latinx club) on Drew’s campus and hold various other leadership positions. I am Mexican-American and my parents are from Mexico, Puebla (specifically, San Juan Huiluco). I am a first-generation college student and […]

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Edwin David Aponte, Dean of the Theological School, Professor of Religion & Culture

National Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated in the United States of America September 15 through October 15. What is it? What are we actually celebrating? Why does it bridge two calendar months? Why are we using the word “Hispanic” instead of Latino, Latina, Latinx, or Latine? All very good questions.  According to the U.S. […]

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Carlos Yordan, Associate Professor of International Relations & Director of the Semester on the U.N.

For me, Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions Latinos and Latinas have made to all facets of American life. It is also time for Americans to come to grips with their past. As the United States expanded westward and built an overseas empire, it invaded and annexed territories where Hispanics were the […]

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Gonzalo Alers T’18,’24

When we speak of Hispanic Heritage Month, we signify our people: The recognition not only of our cultures (Hispanic and Latino/a heritages are diverse) but of trajectories (individual and collective), of memorable stories, of the transcendence of those silenced in the past. It is a celebration of our diversity and a call for participation in […]

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Jose Barahona C’25

When commemorating a culture, most people probably think about what they can see and experience themselves, from the food to the music to the language. Hispanic Heritage Month is not an exception to this as there is so much to appreciate in Hispanic culture, especially during this month which also observes the independence of many […]

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Nancy Noguera, Associate Professor of Spanish

Why it is important to celebrate the Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States? The Hispanic Language and culture are evident in most areas of the United States today and it is important to understand and celebrate the contributions made by Hispanics throughout history. Cultural contributions: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month allows us to recognize and […]

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Alexa Santillán C’26

I am from Costa Rica and Argentina but I was born here in New Jersey. Answering the question “what does hispanic heritage month mean to me” was difficult to answer because I never thought about it. To be honest, I don’t feel culturally connected to my respective countries except when it comes to the family, […]

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Monica Madera, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Hispanic Heritage Month signifies a celebration of history, traditions, and overall joy. Latinx people have so many commonalities but vast differences and it creates such a fruitful and wonderful community! This month should be used to learn about how African and Indigenous traditions have influenced the food, dance, and language of Latin America.

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