Celebrating Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month
Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15. Originally observed as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 as a time to celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. In 1988, Hispanic Heritage Week was expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month and retained September 15 as the start date to commemorate the independence of countries that now include Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. The month-long celebration also includes the independence days of Mexico, Chile and Belize.
Today, Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the resilience, contributions and cultures of Latinx, Hispanic and Latino-identified communities from around the world.
People of Hispanic origin make up 14% of Oregon’s population and constitute Oregon’s largest ethnic or racial minority group. Hispanics are also the second fastest growing group in the state. Here in the College of Science, students who identify as Hispanic make up about 13% of the student population and represent our largest ethnic or racial minority group.
While the Hispanic and Latinx community here in Oregon and at Oregon State make up a large percentage of our community, it is important to recognize and name that they are still targets of racism, discrimination and racist policies.
As our College works to create a place that is welcoming and inclusive for everyone, it is important to also celebrate and honor the many contributions of Hispanic and Latinx students, faculty, staff and alumni. In the coming weeks, the College’s social media channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) will highlight and celebrate scientific contributions, faculty, students and resources from and for the Latinx community.
Please join me this Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month as we create a more equitable and inclusive College and celebrate the rich contributions of the Latinx communities here at OSU.
Director of Equity, Access and Inclusion
About the Director
Kameron Kadooka is the Director of Equity, Access and Inclusion (EAI) for the College of Science. Kameron is an OSU alum with a Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. He brings to this position nearly 9 years of experience as an OSU professional faculty member who has demonstrated a strong commitment to diversity and equity in his previous positions and successfully created partnerships and collaborations with colleges, departments, programs and external stakeholders.
Formerly, Kameron worked as the program coordinator for OSU’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program (LSAMP). LSAMP is a National Science Foundation program that works to support minority students in STEM, with specific goals to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented minority (URM) STEM students, many of whom are pursuing majors in the College of Science. In his six years as LSAMP coordinator, Kameron helped students navigate roadblocks and barriers. He is especially excited now to help launch the implementation of the College of Science Diversity Action Plan (DAP), because it has the potential to have much broader scalable, sustainable and systemic level impacts through removing many of the roadblocks and barriers and making the college more inclusive and equitable for all students and faculty.