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Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement

Hispanic Heritage Month



National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. From September 15th to October 15th, the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement and our Gulf Park campus partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration Events


Hispanic Heritage Month Game Night

Tuesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 5:30 -7:00 pm 

Location: IME Multipurpose Center, HUB 100

Join IME in celebrating the history and splendor of Hispanic Heritage month with our very first game night! Participants with have the chance to win prizes during our Kahoot! Trivia and Loteria games. 

Culturally themed foods will be served. 

LALMonday, September 26, 2022

Time: 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM

Location: IME Multipurpose Center | HUB 100

Lunch will be served. 

Learn about current events happening in Latin American countries across the globe. Meet other students that care about similar issues and want to learn about other Hispanic countries. 





Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Time: 7:00- 8:30 PM

Location:  Magnolia Studio, Payne Center (Campus Recreation Center)

Join the IME Team in a night of laughter, fun and rhythm. Learn how to shake and move your hips in our Beginner Latin dance class! Participants will learn moves to popular dances such as Bachata, Salsa, and even Meringue!



Thursday, September 29, 2022

Time: 7:30 PM

Location: Bennet Auditorium

Join IME in supporting our Hispanic and Latin student performers of the USM Symphony! 



Monday, October 3, 2022

Time: 11:00 AM- 1:00 PM

Location: Gulf Park Campus, Lofty Statue/ Hardy Hall

At this event, we will paint the little rock to celebrate the kickoff of Hispanic Heritage Week and spread awareness on campus for Hispanic Heritage Month. 




Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Time: 12:15- 1:00 PM

Location: Gulf Park Campus, Chimney Pavilion

At this event, we will make flower crowns and talk about the importance of flowers and other artifacts during Día de Muertos. We will also have other activities to learn more about Hispanic Heritage and celebrate the achievements of significant Hispanic individuals. 






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Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time: 5:30-7:00 PM

Location: Gulf Park Campus, FEC Auditorium

We will dance the night away and learn dances that are significant within Hispanic countries and cultures. 




Friday, October 27, 2022

Time: 5:30- 8:30 PM

Location: Gulf Park Campus, Lloyd Lawn

La Noche de Cine/Cinema Night – Join us for a movie under the stars! We will have food, bounce houses, and then watch Coco. Fun for the whole family! 







Saturday, October 29, 2022 (NEW DATE)

Cemetary Clean up2022

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Hattiesburg Carpool Meet Up at 8AM. 

Location: Mississippi City Cemetery, Gulfport, MS

Join us for a Día de Muertos inspired celebration as we clean the Mississippi City Cemetery. After the event, we will have lunch at an authentic, Mexican restaurant.

All participants must register here.

Hattiesburg students will need to RSVP to ride down from more information contact Nneka.ayozieFREEMississippi.


The goal of Hispanic Heritage Month is to give students access to events and information to help them become more culturally aware and competent with regard to the Latinx community and prominent figures and moments in the history and culture. By providing events centered on educational, social, and cultural aspects related to Hispanic Heritage Month, we hope to help those from other backgrounds learn more about and become advocates for the Latinx community. 

Nneka Ayozie, Co-Chair

Taylor Williams, Co-Chair 

Dylan Tyner

Dr. Mary Holt 

Dr. Cynthia Baertich

Jalen McMeans