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Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. Read more..
Hispanic Americans reflect on immigration, culture, and identity.
Meet the The Dream 9. They took activism around youth immigration farther than it had ever been taken before. What they were doing was not only risky but difficult.
SWIC Libraryjoins with the campus community in celebrating diversity!
From September 15 through October 15, the library features a collection of items that recognize, acknowledge and celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
The library’s, Books on Parade, is brightly displayed at the front of the library for all to see and includes children’s books, good reads by noted Hispanic authors, as well as memoirs and biographies on prominent Latino leaders.
Browse our books below and in the Tabs outlined to the left.
Library Pick-Up Service:Watch this quick videoon how to place a request on a book. Once requested, library staff will pull your item from the shelf and email you that it's ready for pick up at the library's front desk. You will need your SWIC ID to check items out of the library. The typical loan period for library items is 4 weeks. See our current library hours.
Arte Público PressThe oldest and most accomplished publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by US Hispanic authors.
El Museo del BarrioLatino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures are represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.
Latino Film InstituteThe Latino Film Institute (LFI) showcases, strengthens and celebrates the richness of Latino lives by providing a pipeline, platform and launching pad from our community into the entertainment industry.
LatinopiaLatinopia is a place to discover and discuss Latino arts, history, music, literature, cooking and cinema.
Smithsonian - Latino CenterThe Smithsonian Latino Center works toward preserving Latino history and culture, engaging Latino communities and advancing Latino representation in the United States.
Smithsonian - Latinx Art & ArtistsThe Smithsonian American Art Museum's growing Latinx art collection represents the rich contributions of Latinxs to our country from the colonial period to the present.
Sounds and ColoursSounds and Colours is a website, print publication and record label dedicated to Latin American music and culture, with a particular focus on the South American countries.
Hispanic Association on Corporate ResponsibilityHispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s (HACR) mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions in the areas of Employment, Procurement, Philanthropy, and Governance.
iHispanoConnecting diverse talent with great opportunities.
National Hispanic Business GroupThe NHBG is dedicated to expanding, promoting and creating business opportunities for its members by strategically fostering dialogue and economic exchange, while supporting positive social change and community empowerment.
United States Hispanic Chamber of CommerceUSHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development, and interests of more than 4.7 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $800 billion to the American economy every year.
Civil Rights and Political Participation
Congressional Hispanic Caucus InstituteCHCI provides leadership, public service, and policy experiences to outstanding Latino/a/x students and young professionals, and convenes Members of Congress and other public officials, corporate executives, nonprofit advocates, and thought leaders to discuss issues facing the nation and the Hispanic community.
Dominican American National RoundtableThe Dominican-American National Council (NDAC) is an empowerment and civic participation body serving in the United States in joint work with entities and leaders that advocate for civic empowerment.
Hispanas Organized for Political EqualityHOPE is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to ensuring political and economic parity for Latinas through leadership, advocacy, and education to the benefit of all communities and the status of women.
Latinas UnidasLatinas Unidas fosters opportunities that will promote unity, cultural identity and the presence of the Latina woman in the community and encourage and motivate women to be self-confident to assume leadership roles to positively impact society.
The Latino CoalitionBy analyzing the impact of Federal, State and local legislation, government regulations, and taxes on the Latino community, TLC is able to work with policymakers and stakeholders to create an environment that allows Latinos to thrive.
Latino JusticeLatinoJustice works to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law to secure transformative, equitable and accessible justice, by empowering our community and by fostering leadership through advocacy and education.
League of United Latin American CitizensLULAC advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide.
Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education FundMALDEF is the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization committed to protect and defend the rights of all Latinos living in the United States and the constitutional rights of all Americans.
National Hispanic Caucus of State LegislatorsNHCSL's primary mission is to organize Hispanic state legislators who advocate for advancements in education, healthcare, housing, economic development, criminal justice and employment and job training for the Hispanic community.
United Farm WorkersThe UFW actively champion legislative and regulatory reforms for farm workers covering issues such as worker protections, pesticides and immigration reform.
Voto LatinoVoto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy.
Facts and Figures
Hispanic / Latinos - Pew Research CenterPew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research.
Health Profile: Hispanic / Latino AmericansThe Office of Minority Health is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Hispanics and Mental HealthMental Health America is dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting the overall mental health of all.
Latino Commission on AIDSLatino Commission on AIDS spearheads health advocacy for Latinos, promotes HIV education, develops model prevention programs for high-risk communities and by builds capacity in community organizations.
The Mexican MuseumThe mission of The Mexican Museum is to voice the complexity and richness of Latino art and culture throughout the Americas, and to engage and facilitate dialogue among the broadest public.
PBS - LATINO AMERICANS - Documentary SeriesLATINO AMERICANS is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.
52 Books by Hispanic and Latinx Authors to Read NowHispanic Heritage Month is the perfect time to relish the latest works from beloved Hispanic and Latinx authors. This list includes something for every type of reading mood: romance, horror, science fiction, literary fiction, and nonfiction.
Hispanic Heritage Booklists for ChildrenChildren's booklists featuring titles about Hispanic Heritage organized by topic. Many books on our recommended lists are bilingual or are available in Spanish.
Hispanic Heritage Literature OrganizationHHLO leads literary, artistic, and cultural programs for the benefit of the international community with the purpose of providing social wellbeing, cultural sensitivity, inclusion, preservation of intangible cultural heritage and the defense of the environment.
LGBTQ Latinx Students Share 12 Must-ReadsLGBTQ Latinx members of GLSEN’s National Student Council compiled a list of books, ranging from children’s books to autobiographies, that shed light on LGBTQ Latinx identities. Importantly, these books explore LGBTQ and Latinx identities as overlapping rather than separate, showing the multiplicity of experiences within these identities.
California Chicano News Media AssociationThe organization’s mission is to foster an accurate and fair portrayal of Latinos in the news, and to promote the social, economic and professional advancement of Latino journalists.
Contacto MagazineContacto Magazine is an independent publication on Latin American issues.
GalavisiónGalavisión is a Spanish-language entertainment channel in the United States.
Hispanic Communications NetworkThe largest U.S. producer and syndicator of Spanish-language public interest and educational content for traditional and digital media.
Hispanic PR WireHispanic PR Wire is the premier news broadcast service to Hispanic media in the United States.
La Opinión DigitalLa Opinión is the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States and the second most read newspaper in Los Angeles.
La RazaLa Raza is a Spanish newspaper and news website, published in Chicago, Illinois. It is a free newspaper distributed in Chicago and its metropolitan area, mostly directly to homes in Hispanic neighborhoods and also in street boxes and stores.
Latina MagazineLatina Magazine was the first of its kind – an authoritative voice for Latina women in the U.S. Today, Latina aims to be a space for the entire Latinx community, regardless of identity.
Latino Public BroadcastingLatino Public Broadcasting is the leader of the development, production, acquisition and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural media that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans.
Latino USAFuturo Media creates multimedia content for and about the new American mainstream in the service of empowering people to navigate the complexities of an increasingly diverse and connected world.
TelemundoTelemundo is an American Spanish-language television network.
Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Digital CollectionsDigital collections documenting Cuba and the Cuban diaspora from colonial times to the present. These materials include rare books and journals, as well as archival materials including documents, correspondence, photographs, maps, scrapbooks, audio, video, and oral histories.
New Mexico Folklife ProjectThe New Mexico Folklife Project includes photographs, sound recordings, and field notes document the Hispanic art and artists at the American Folklife Center in the summers 1984 and 1985.
Hispanic American Police Command Officers AssociationHAPCOA’s mission is to “empower the future of law enforcement” by assisting law enforcement, criminal justice and community organizations nationwide in their efforts to recruit, train, mentor and promote qualified Hispanic American men and women committed to a career in the criminal justice arena and to communities in which they serve and protect.
Hispanic Heritage FoundationThe Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is a nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.
Hispanic National Bar AssociationThe Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, national membership organization that represents the interests of Hispanic legal professionals in the United States and its territories.
National Association of Hispanic NursesNational Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) is devoted to promoting safe, quality health care delivery to Latino communities and individuals, and recognizing excellence among Latino nurses, providing formal and informal mentoring opportunities, and generally serving as a center of excellence for our members.
National Association of Hispanic Real Estate ProfessionalsNAHREP advances sustainable Hispanic homeownership by educating and empowering the real estate professionals who serve Hispanic home buyers & sellers, advocating for public policy that supports the trade association’s mission and facilitating relationships among industry stakeholders, real estate practitioners and other housing industry professionals.
National Hispanic Council on AgingThe National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers.
National Society of Hispanic PhysicistsThe purpose of this society is to promote and recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic physicists within the scientific community,
develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for Hispanics in physics and encourage Hispanic students to enter a career in physics.
ReformaAmerican Library Association's affiliate REFORMA is committed to the improvement of the full spectrum of library and information services for the approximately 56.2* million Spanish-speaking and Latino people in the United States.
The Hispanic Leaders Group of Greater St LouisThe Hispanic Leaders Group promotes and supports the advancement of our vibrant Hispanic community through networking, education and advocacy to foster harmony and diversity in the greater St. Louis region.
National Hispanic Heritage MonthA collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.
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SWIC Libraryjoins with the campus community in celebrating diversity!
Browse a sampling of our books BELOW and in the TABS outlined to the left.
Library Pick-Up Service:Watch this quick videoon how to place a book request. Once requested, library staff will pull your item from the shelf and email you that it's ready for pick up at the library's front desk. You will need your SWIC ID to check items out of the library. The typical loan period for library items is 4 weeks. See our current library hours.