Published: Sept. 17, 2019

National Hispanic American Heritage Month will be marked Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, but what does it mean to be Hispanic American in 2019? In the U.S., 57.5 million citizens and residents call themselves Latino, Latina or Latinx, making people of Hispanic origin the largest ethnic minority group in the country.

Talk to our academic experts. Learn more about the array of political, cultural, social, educational and other issues impacting the Latinx (what does that “x” stand for, anyway?) community in Colorado and beyond.

Arturo Aldama, associate professor and chair of ethnic studies, can talk about immigration and nativism, immigration, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) administrative program, gender issues, mestizaje (the blend of racial and/or ethnic identities experienced and embraced by many Latinos) and indigeneity. or 303-492-6842

Violeta Chapin, associate clinical professor of law, can talk about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the administrative program the Obama administration adopted in 2012, and other immigration issues. or 303-492-5830

Lisa A. Flores, associate professor of communication, can talk about the history of Mexican immigration in the United States, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) administrative program and Latina feminism. or 303-492-7136

Johanna Maes, a senior instructor in the School of Education, can talk about Latinos in higher education, Latina college presidents, Latina leadership, multicultural leadership, and “intersectionality” in higher education, or the many personal and overlapping identities with which Latinos and others view the world.

Marjorie McIntosh, distinguished professor emerita of history, can talk about how the Latino History Project is working with K-12 teachers and other community partners around Colorado to promote the preservation and visibility of Latino history and contributions in Colorado. or 720-666-2255

Celeste Montoya, associate professor of women and gender studies, can talk about Latino/a/x political representation, voting, candidates, social movements and activism, policy impacts, intersections with gender, and Latinos/as/x in higher education. or 303-492-4531

David Aragon, assistant vice chancellor for diversity, learning and student success, can talk about Latinos and student success in higher education, diversity in higher education, community partnerships, and scholarships. or 303-492-2944

Deborah Méndez Wilson, CU Boulder media relations