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From the Desk of Dean Nina Heller


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Via SSW Facebook Page

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

September 15th 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 September 18, respectively. [Source]

Tune in to UConn School of Social Work's Facebook page on Wednesday, September 16th at 6 PM! Join us for an affair with Ocho Cafe as we prepare pico de gallo, guacamole, and ceviche
. It's a celebration!

Register to receieve an update following the event. Come, and celebrate with us! 

Anti-Blackness in the Latinx Community

Date: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Online - Zoom
The goal of this community conversation is to recognize and commit to thwarting the anti-black sentiment that pervades within the Hispanic community by sharing experiences and anti-racist strategies that can be used to eliminate anti-blackness in personal interactions and social work practice. We are inviting folks to share their experiences and perspectives related to the theme of anti-blackness and the forms of resistance they implement to reduce its destructive effects especially in Hispanic communities. During this event our distinguished facilitators will guide the conversation ensuring that perspectives are historically and culturally grounded.

A Conversation About Latin America, Human Rights, & Local Politics

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 1:30 pm-3:00 pm
Online - Zoom
The purpose of this panel discussion is to provide a forum to highlight the contributions of Latin America in the formulation of human rights as an international framework to address injustice; and to highlight some of the avenues Hispanic and Latinx communities can and have used to fight for a more just world. The panelists will address the history of Latin America's involvement in the development of human rights instruments, Latin American innovations in collective litigation, and, locally, human rights issues pertinent to communities in Connecticut ahead of the coming elections. Our passionate experts will highlight the past, present, and future implications of collective and democratic action within a human rights framework.



Questions & Additional Information

If you have questions or require additional information for any of these three events, please contact Abigail G. Jackson, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations via email.

Continuing Education Credits

Participants wishing to earn CECs must attend the full program as we do not prorate CECs for partial attendance. Upon successfully completing the program, you will receive an email from SSWCE@uconn.edu inviting you to apply for CECs and pay the $15 administrative recording fee. You must use the same first name, last name and email address when you register for the program and apply for CECs. 

Please provide your full name and email address during the registration process to receive more information.

All Zoom information would be provided upon registration.​  

These events may be recorded for UConn and UConn Foundation promotional materials. 


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