National Hispanic American Heritage Month

September 15, 2016 – October 15, 2016


National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans external link icon to the United States and celebrate the group's heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson external link icon and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan external link icon in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law external link icon100-402external link icon


The purpose of celebrating Hispanic Heritage is to promote friendly awareness of the Hispanic historical and cultural presence from a positive perspective.

  • Hispanics are under-represented in all areas of U.S. media.
  • Hispanics are a diverse group, made up of many sub-groups, complicating identity.
  • Hispanic contributions to the development of the United States are little known.
  • Hispanics will soon be the largest minority group in the United States.
  • Racism is detrimental to the well-being of the United States.
  • Promotion of outstanding Hispanics serves to break down negative stereotypes.
  • Non-Hispanics and Hispanics will benefit by increased respect.



Latino Memphis
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes
Smithsonian Education Resource Library - Hispanic Resources

Celebrating the Contributions of Hispanic Healthcare Professionals

The Office of Equity and Diversity is excited to host a panel discussion in observance of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Panelists will discuss their journey to healthcare and will also share the recipe for their favorite cultural dish.

There will be light refreshments served.

September 26, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Student Alumni Center (SAC)
O.D. Larry Dining Hall

Panel Discussion Hosts

Emanuel Villa Bacca, MS
Data Architect
College of Medicine
Center for Biomedical Informatics

Mr. Villa Bacca was born in Delicias City, Mexico and has worked at UTHSC for almost three years.

Vanessa Morales-Tirado, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Biochemistry

Dr. Morales-Tirado was born and raised in Puerto Rico and has worked at UTHSC for nearly four years.

Franklin Garcia-Godoy, DDS, MS, PhD photo

Franklin Garcia-Godoy, DDS, MS, PhD
Sr. Executive Associate Dean for Research, College of Dentistry
Chair, Department of Bioscience Research
Director, Bioscience Research Center

Dr. Garcia-Godoy was born in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic. He has worked at UTHSC for 6 years.