This year presents unique challenges with large-scale programming, given the global pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of our campus community is of utmost importance. We are pleased to share the following calendar of events along with individual event descriptions. Most of our events occur virtually, and we encourage you to participate as much as your schedule allows. Please see the corresponding links to RSVP to events to receive the related Zoom link. Any events hosted in-person will adhere to university guidelines.

Because of the virtual format of most programs, we are excited to offer promotional materials for guests to use throughout the month. Whether you love Facebook or Twitter, want to have a unique Zoom background, or add an image on your department website, you can download any of our Hispanic Heritage Month graphics free of cost. We hope you'll enjoy them and use them throughout the month to celebrate Hispanic Heritage!

Please feel free to reach out to William Edmond at or 713-348-2681 with any questions.

Calendar of Events

2020 Hispanic Heritage Month Calendar

Rice Hispanic Heritage Month
Rice University's Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 Calendar of Events

Nuestras Raices Retreat

Saturday, September 12 at 3:00pm | Virtually

Sponsors: Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) & Hispanic Association of Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER)

Nuestras Raices is an interactive retreat experience that seeks to create a unifying event for recently admitted Latinx students. This free retreat introduces entering first-year students to the unifying aspects of the Latinx community at Rice. The program identifies essential resources and networks to help students reach their maximum potential. By the end, participants should feel more connected as a class. We hope they leave feeling empowered to seek institutional support, peers, and professionals on campus for mentorship and guidance.

We Are More than Tragic Stories

Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 PM | Virtually

Sponsor: Office of Diversity & Inclusion/MultiCultural Center

“In the public imagination, undocumented people are seen as people with no agency. For the last decade we have all been accustomed to consuming stories of our struggles and strive, often our tears are used as a vehicle to create a moral crisis within American Citizens but what if instead of stories of the deficit, we told stories of strength. What if we focused on taking care of each other and lived outside of the Citizen imagination?

This keynote is aimed at exploring and uplifting our undocumented power. For his talk, Yosimar gives deep insight into the ways undocumented communities have historically created their mechanisms of survival. Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and Public Speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work.

Click here to view a recording of this lecture.

Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff Dinner

Tuesday, September 15 at 4:30pm | Campus Serveries

Sponsors: OMA & Department of Spanish Portuguese & Latin American Studies

To celebrate the beginning of our annual Hispanic Heritage Month events, we invite you to participate in our kickoff celebration. Given the COVID pandemic, we will not be able to have as many people gather e can account for appropriate amount of people. Seating is available to the first 50 guests who respond. For those on the waiting list, we will have meals for you too available for to-go service. Small handouts/calendars are available with information about following programs.

Puerto Rican Bomba Workshop

Monday, September 21 at 7:00 PM | Online Virtually

Sponsors: Rice Salseros & Center for Language and Intercultural Communication

For years, various sectors of Puerto Rican society have emphasized the term inclusion. Although little by little the objective has been achieved, according to its meaning, there really is a lot to do.

In response to that concern, Giomar Cruz Latimer established the Non-Profit Organization Cultura Activa. As president and director, he promotes Puerto Rican culture in a dynamic and fun way in which various communities participate. Among these: deaf, children, youth and adults with physical disabilities and other members. They all connect through the universal language: music.

Shantille Quiñones joins this initiative, who is also trained to lead these community efforts. Both have given an important turn to culture where it is not only in the letters of history books.

"We can live culture today, we can feel it, we can dance it, we can paint it and we can enjoy it in all its splendor."

Shantille Quinones

To view a recording from the Puerto Rican Bomba Workshop, click here.

Leveraging Our Professions and Academic Degrees for Racial Equity

Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00 PM | Virtually

Sponsors: Society of Latinx Alumni of Rice (SOLAR) & Office of Alumni Relations

Racism and racial inequity exist across all sectors of life from what our students learn in the classroom, how patients of color receive biased medical treatment, to which political candidates get supported during their candidacy. Almost all professions interface with the systems of oppression that maintain the status quo. In this conversation with Rice Latinx alum, we will dive in deeper and discuss how we can become advocates for social justice through our careers.

To view the recording from this lecture, click here.

Hispanic Heritage Month Trivia Night

Friday, September 25 at 7:30 PM | Virtually

Sponsors: SOLAR & HACER

Join the Hispanic Association of Cultural Enrichment at Rice and the Society of Latin Alumni of Rice for an evening of trivia about Hispanic culture. There will be a series of games across all ages and raffle prizes available throughout the night. This program is an opportunity for members of the extended Rice Community to display and expand their cultural knowledge! We can't wait to celebrate with you soon.

Hispanic/Latinx at Rice: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, October 1 at 7:00 PM | Virtually

Sponsors: HACER

Join the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice (HACER) for a special event to reflect on the Hispanic experience. This program will look back to share a historical perspective about Hispanic/Latinx students, discuss where things are currently relating to this population, and give insight to a vision for the future of the Hispanic/Latinx community at Rice. We invite you to participate with us and to learn more details about this population!

To view the presentation from this event, click here.

Movie Screening (Event Details Changed!)

Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00 PM | Brochstein Pavilion Open Courtyard

Sponsors: Owls After Dark & HACER
Owls After Dark
Please note the time and location changes for this event!

Reunión de Familia: Social Mixer (This event will be postponed!)

Friday, October 9 at 6:00 PM | Virtually

Sponsor: Office of Multicultural Affairs

Family is one of the single most important aspects of Latinx cultural. To help connect people who share these strong values, we want to host a special program for Hispanic Heritage Month entitled Reunión de Familia; a celebratory event that brings together all Hispanic/Latinx faculty, staff, and friends of Rice together with Hispanic/Latinx students.

Cooking Demonstration

Thursday, October 15 at 5:00 PM | Martel Kitchen/Live Stream

Sponsor: Housing and Dining

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, along with Housing and Dining, invites members of the Rice community to submit their favorite dishes that represent Hispanic culture to them. In addition to sending the dishes, you're encouraged to share a story too. Guests have the option to send an appetizer, main course, or dessert up until Friday, October 2, at 11:59 PM. H&D will select a couple of recipes and offer a live cooking demonstration for this event. Be on the lookout for a series of cooking demonstrations throughout the academic year!

Submit your favorite dishes here.

Learn how to make pupusas and enchiladas by watching this live cooking demonstration.

Our lovely staff from the Housing & Dining team, Emma Canenguez & Gloria Arreola, shared their recipes.

Hispanic Heritage Month Sponsors

Hispanic Association for the Cultural Enrichment at Rice, Office of Public Affairs, Society of Latino Alumni of Rice, Center for Languages and Intercultural Communication, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Rice Salseros, Department of English, Department of Spanish Portuguese, and Latin American Studies, Department of Electrical Engineering, Housing and Dining, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Office of Alumni Relations.