National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed throughout the United States each year from September 15 to October 15, was passed into law in 1988 to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic people who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society by celebrating their history, culture and contributions.
Along with the rest of nation, the Donnelly College community embraces the spirit of celebrating Hispanic Heritage by hosting on-campus events. On Thursday, Oct. 11, students can attend a Hispanic Heritage celebration in the Donnelly Commons from 10:50-11:50 a.m. On Thursday, Oct. 12, the college will be hosting the annual Multicultural Festival in the Event Center at 3:30-6 p.m. This event is a Donnelly tradition aimed at spreading awareness and immersing in the cultures of the students represented at Donnelly. Students host booths representing their country or culture, and they provide authentic food and information for guests. Guests also enjoy traditional dance, music and other entertainment from a variety of countries represented. In addition, during late October, Donnelly acknowledges Hispanic tradition by celebrating Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Donnelly College was recently named the Most Diverse College in the Midwest for the second year by US News & World Report. Currently, more than 80 percent of our students are students of color, with more than 40 percent being Hispanic.