Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month, observed in the U.S. every year from September 15 to October 15, celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of Hispanic/Latinx individuals to communities in this country. We acknowledge and celebrate the many Latinx communities that have shaped Spartanburg County over history and more recently. The 2020 Census results show that the Hispanic population in Spartanburg County grew by 66.4% from 2010 to 2020. In 2019, Latinx children under the age of 18 represented nearly 10% of all children in South Carolina.
Spartanburg County is home to many young Latinx individuals – those who are growing up here and attending our schools and those who are attending any of our numerous institutions of higher learning. These young people also contribute to our community in many ways and with this blog we celebrate the contributions of a few of them who are students at or recent graduates from Wofford College. Each of the students has been involved in research projects that have enhanced work in our community. Areas of focus include, among others, inclusive placemaking, out-of-school time for Latinx youth, food systems, green spaces + equity. (Links to research projects are included at the bottom of the blog.)
We celebrate these young people!
We also thank the many Wofford College faculty and staff who support and mentor these and many other students. The research referenced here has been advised by Dr. Laura Barbas Rhoden, professor of Spanish and Dr. Christine Dinkins, Kenan Professor of Philosophy, and supported by the Wofford Office of Undergraduate Research, directed by Dr. Ramón Galiñanes.
For links to all of the research reports, please visit: https://digitalcommons.wofford.edu/community/
For links to the podcasts, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8UNyCbmAlGVnbLuVyPrfLQ/playlists
¡Viva el mes de la Herencia Hispana!