The observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month started as Hispanic Heritage Week through legislation sponsored by Mexican-American Representative Edward R. Roybal of Los Angeles and signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration from a week to a month in 1988. The celebration begins on September 15 of every year, as this day coincides with the independence of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.
Hispanic Heritage Month is not only a time to celebrate the many accomplishments of Latinos in this country, but also an opportunity to fight stereotypes. Hispanics have played and continue to play pivotal roles in shaping the country’s political, social, and economic landscape as:
- Lawyers (Sonia Sotomayor),
- Entrepreneurs (Tony Jimenez),
- Doctors (Dr. Antonia Coello Novello),
- Physicists (Dr. Luis Alvarez),
- Astronauts (Ellen Ochoa),
- and members of the military (Sgt. Major John Estrada).
At Nyhan, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by building partnerships within the Hispanic community to allow for opportunity and growth. We encourage authentic storytelling from our employees and highlight who they are as we continue to learn from one another. More importantly, we reaffirm our commitment to a diverse and equitable workplace, where everyone feels included.