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Latino Heritage Month

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LATINO HERITAGE MONTH

Latino Heritage Month is celebrated nationwide September 15 to October 15. It's an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the culture, traditions, and contributions of people whose ancestry can be traced to the Caribbean Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and Spain. This celebration highlights the ways in which the Latino and Hispanic communities continue to play a key part in building our country.

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SPOTLIGHT: Latina/Latinx/Latino Leaders and Role Models in Higher EducationSPOTLIGHT: Latino Leaders and Community Members Established the Iowa Spanish Helpline during the COVID-19 pandemicSPOTLIGHT: Latina/Latinx/Latino Entrepreneurs and Role Models in IowaSPOTLIGHT: Latina/Latinx/Latino Leaders and Role Models in Iowa

Latinos in Iowa - History

Migration is Beautiful is an initiative of the Iowa Women’s Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries. It speaks to the centrality of migration in understanding and interpreting Iowa history, a history shaped first by Native Americans and later by the migration paths of immigrants from around the world. Despite their significant presence in Iowa, Latina/os have remained invisible in mainstream narratives of Iowa history.  This website seeks to illuminate their contributions to Iowa’s economic, social, and cultural history, beginning with the settlement of Mexicans and Mexican Americans in Iowa over a hundred years ago and extending to Puerto Rican Americans and Central Americans.

2021 Latino Heritage Month

Governor's Iowa Latino Heritage Month Proclamation

2021 Latino Heritage Month Proclamation

SPOTLIGHT: Latina/Latinx/Latino Leaders and Role Models Higher Education

During Latino Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15,  we will be spotlighting Latino professionals who were identified by Latino students and community members for supporting our Iowa youth in higher education institutions across the state. You will be able to learn about these community leaders via our Facebook and Twitter platforms. 

2020 Latino Heritage Month

Governor's 2020 Latino Heritage Month Proclamation

Governor's 2020 Latino Heritage Month Proclamation

SPOTLIGHT: Latino Leaders and Community members established the Iowa Spanish Helpline during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide information, support, and case management for Spanish speakers in the state of Iowa, with the support of EMBARC.

Spanish Helpline Founding Members

2019 Latino Heritage Month

Governor's Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

2019  Latino and Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation

SPOTLIGHT: Latina/Latinx/Latino Entrepreneurs and Role Models in Iowa

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Business Name

Location

Diaz, Denise

Ritual Cafe

Downtown Des Moines, IowaDenise Diaz

Lozano, Javier

Lozanotek Inc.

Urbandale, Iowa

Javier Lozano

Mendez, Augustin

Rumcoqui

Des Moines, IowaAugustin Mendez

Rivera, Diego

Tacos Don Diego & Catering

Iowa City, Iowa

Diego Rivera

Rodriguez, Adriana

Jose's Tires

Davenport, Iowa

Adriana Rodriguez

Santiago, Juan

SYNcere Printing, LLC

Tiffin, Iowa

Juan Santiago

Suarez, Tanya

Ceviche Bar

Black Sheep

Des Moines' Historic East Village, Iowa

Zacarias, Jose

Multiple PropertiesWest Liberty, Iowa

Jose Zacarias

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SPOTLIGHT: Latina/Latinx/Latino Leaders and Role Models in Iowa

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CURRENT

LOCATION

SPOTLIGHT

Abarca, MarluDes Moines

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Aranda, Luis FernandoMt. Pleasant

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Brown, JeannetteDes Moines

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Carlderon, KeniaDes Moines

Kenia Calderon

Canales, CarlosWest Des Moines

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Cardenas, AngelicaPerry

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Casanova, CarlosAmes

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Codina, MartaDes Moines

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Cornell, ManuelDes Moines

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Duarte, KatrynIowa City

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Espina Talamilla, NataliaIowa City

Talamilla

Estes, ChristinaAlbia

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Herrera, RubyDes Moines

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Landeros, ZenaidaQuad Cities

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Leiva, JaimeDes Moines

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Macias, TarDavenport

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Medina, ElizabethMuscatine

ELIZABETH MEDINA

Melgar, WilfredoDes Moines

Wilfredo Melgar

Mendoza, RosaMuscatine

ROSA MENDOZA

Montalvo, JonathanLamoni

DR. JONATHAN MONTALVO

Morales, EvaStorm Lake

EVA MORALES

Nakayama, YukareQuad Cities

YUKARE NAKAYAMA

Parras Konrad, SoniaDes Moines

Sonia Parras

Pino, AlejandroCedar Rapids

ALEJANDRO PINO

Portes, CarlosMarshalltown

Carlos Portes

Reyes, MónicaDes Moines

MÓNICA REYES

Rivera, ClaudiaHampton

Claudia Rivera

Rivera, GabrielaCoralville

GABRIELA RIVERA

Rodriguez, JuanDes Moines

Juan Rodriguez

Salas, RichardWest Des Moines

Richard Salas

Salazar, NicholasMuscatine

Nick Salazar

Sánchez-Naert, SandraDes Moines

SANDRA SANCHEZ-NAERT

Schabel, ClaudiaDes Moines

CLAUDIA SCHABEL

Suarez, DavidOttumwa

David Suarez

Varisco Santini, SolDes Moines

MARIA SOL VARISCO SANTINI

Wilcox, ClemenDes Moines

Clemen Wilcox

Zaragoza, MariaStorm Lake

Maria Zaragoza

Zavala, JuanitaOttumwa

Juanita Zavala