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Observed each year from September 15 to October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the generations of Hispanic and Latinx Americans who have influenced and enriched US society. Also referred to as Latinx Heritage Month, the annual celebration first began as a commemorative week in 1968 to coincide with the independence days of many Latin American countries, including Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. In 1989, the federal government expanded the commemorative week to a month-long annual observance.

In recognition, members of Booth’s Hispanic American Business Student Association are reflecting on their personal experiences and what their multicultural identities mean to them. We’ll be sharing their reflections throughout the month. Check back weekly for new updates.

Tiq Chapa

Tiq Chapa

“I’ve seen firsthand how business and entrepreneurship can shape a family and community. I was shaped by my parents having a small business—my twin brother and I learned how to connect with anyone who walked in the door.

“As I work with the Hispanic American Business Students Association, and work to invest in Latinx entrepreneurs, I’m continually thinking about ways that people can identify and have pride in their Latinx identity. We are the biggest economic asset the country has: we’re young, entrepreneurial, optimistic. For some people, it’s a big leap to think that way, because they’ve heard and internalized so many negative things about what it means to be Latinx. But my goal is that Latinx people in the US have a confidence, a swagger. It’s important that we continue to own our power and name it.

“It’s exciting to try and breathe a new world into being—more so than to maintain the status quo. It’s fun to build community, help people grow, make the country and world better. So much of being Latinx is that we’re dynamic, creative, and we build community wherever we go. I’m proud that it’s a part of who we are.”