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Each year, Southeast Missouri State University, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and the Student Organization of Latinos/Spanish Club (SOL) offer activities on campus and throughout the Cape Girardeau community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. These activities recognize the many contributions that latinos have made to U.S. culture and the U.S. economy. The Celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the U.S. started with a week-long commemoration, which was first proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 after being established by a legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal. It was extended to a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15) by a legislation underwritten by Rep. Esteban E. Torres under President Ronald Reagan in 1988.
This year, we would like to invite the campus, the greater Cape Girardeau community and individuals in the surrounding region to celebrate with us as we commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month. We see this as a great opportunity to come together to celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic-Latino community in making the U.S. a strong and healthy society.