Hispanic Heritage Month starts today, September 15 and runs until October 15. It celebrates Hispanics in the U.S. It recognizes not only the Latino culture and history but also our contributions.
Congress started Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, and it was expanded to a month in 1988. The celebration coincides with the national independence days of several Latin American countries: Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica celebrate on September 15. Mexico celebrates its independence on Sept. 16 and Belize on Sept. 21.
Topics to cover on Hispanic Heritage Month
OK for the record, Hispanic Heritage Month IS NOT about margaritas and tacos. Don’t be cliché.
Hispanic Heritage Month is about shining a light on good people and projects that profile the Latino community. Do more than one story. Produce a series of profiles or stories that run every other day or week. Here are some suggestions:
Studies being done on the Latino c ommunity by a local university or hospital.
Latino community projects that are aimed helping children, immigrants and the community as a whole.
The rise of bilingual schools and immersion schools. Who is learning Spanish as adults and children and why?
The story behind the leader: profile Latino community, church and political leaders. What in their background made them the person they are today?
The economy and Hispanic spending power
Political power and the Latino vote
Turn to resources to give you ideas
If the suggestions I have given you still don’t spark an idea for a few stories for Hispanic Heritage Month, here are some resources that can help:
My father taught me at an early age to write down everything: the good, bad and ugly. As I watched James Comey testify in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I realized the former FBI director was teaching us the importance of documentation on the job. Good notes can never hurt. These are tips I share with everyone I mentor:
Keep notes when a manager pulls you in the office for “a talk”. Take notes during the meeting or immediately afterwards. Write down what you talked about, who was present, date and time.
Good documentation should include a follow-up email to the manager “Review what we talked about today.” Always follow up with an email.
Keep detailed notes on any observation you make at work especially if does not seem right or a coworker is the target: Date, time, witnesses etc.
Documentation will come in handy for your annual evaluation. Some managers tend to forget the good but over emphasize the bad.