hispanic heritage month

Op-Ed: Using Hispanic Heritage Month as a Platform for Change

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As the University of Pittsburgh celebrates its third annual Hispanic Heritage Month, let's admire the achievements Latinx at Pitt has made with regards to raising awareness about Latinidad! It is easy to forget amidst the dance lessons, research symposiums, game nights, and panels that many members of the Latinx community are still left out by confusing nomenclature that ultimately erases the complexity of Latinidad. In universities, the opportunity gap and elitism continue to suppress access to equitable education and resources for Latinx students, faculty, and staff. Is HHM the platform under which Pitt can better serve its Latinx students?

Latin Music and Latino Identity

October 4, 2018
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Latin music has been growing in popularity in the United States over the past several years. Although hit Spanish language songs in the U.S. are nothing new, until recently there would only be one or two Spanish language songs to reach billboard status in the U.S. every five to ten years since the ‘60s. As U.S. music affects Latin American music, Latin music struggled to leave an impact on U.S. mainstream music— that is, until this decade. In 2014, if a person tuned in to a pop radio station, they would have heard ‘Bailando’, the hit Spanish language song by Enrique Iglesias’.

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