Celebrating Latine/x Heritage & Culture

We honor the histories, cultures and contributions of TU’s Caribbean, Central American, Mexican, South American and Spanish communities.

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At nearly 2,000 strong and growing, TU’s Latine/x community represents distinct and vibrant cultures from the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, South America and Spain. During Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 and throughout the year, we honor our stories, celebrate together and share programs and resources to help us thrive.

Nuestra Comunidad: Thriving in the Present

Students, faculty and staff share the Latine/x traditions and histories that have shaped their lives.

Nuestra Comunidad: Forging New Futures

Juan Jose Cortez II

Juan Jose Cortez II ’23

Access to education was limited for his parents. Over a decade, he persisted to earn his degree. He'll use it to help educate others.

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Daniela Chavez P.h.D.

The research fellow encourages STEM students from underrepresented communities to keep the door open.

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Alejandra Balcázar

Alejandra Balcázar 

TU's Latine/x coordinator earned mayoral recognition for her contributions toward advancing education in the Latine/x community.

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Nuestra Comunidad: Honoring our Past

Jorge Giro

The founding father of TU’s modern languages department started his life far from Baltimore. Cuban native Jorge Giro was a lawyer working in Havana when his anti-Castro views put him in direct danger. He escaped to Peru and eventually entered the United States as a political exile in 1961. Five years later he became a Spanish professor at TU. Over the 38-year tenure that followed, Giro shaped and expanded the department, ultimately becoming its chair. He established dedicated majors for languages, incorporated five new languages into the curriculum and expanded study abroad and internship programs. He also organized Spanish-focused student groups and established scholarships to support underprivileged students pursuing Spanish studies. His leadership solidified languages as a dedicated, dynamic academic pursuit at TU.

From the Archives: Giro's vision for the modern languages
Jorge Giro


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Origins of the Latine/x Term 

Latine/x is a gender-inclusive term for individuals with heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean. It’s best used in referring to geographic origins, including those that speak Spanish, Portugese or native languages. The term Hispanic is used to reflect Spanish-speaking populations with roots in Spain. When in doubt, use the term preferred by the individual. When referring to larger groups, consider avoiding broad terms altogether.

Hispanic Heritage Month

From its civil rights origins to ties to Latin American independence, learn about the symbolism and celebrations that occur during Hispanic Heritage Month. The month is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15.

Dia de Los Muertos

Think healing, not Halloween. Learn how the Dia de Los Muertos holiday is about honoring those who’ve passed.  

Cinco de Mayo

Explore ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo in a way that honors and supports the diverse diaspora it represents.


TU celebrates and recognizes the cultural identities and lived experiences of its community members.

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