MUSC celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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MUSC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Friday, September 15, marks the beginning of National Hispanic Heritage Month. The annual celebration, which runs September 15 through October 15, honors and celebrates the historic contributions of Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e Americans. MUSC proudly celebrates and recognizes the contributions, influences, and achievements of our Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e workforce, students, and faculty as well as those throughout the nation.

Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as "Hispanic Heritage Week" and was later extended to a month in 1988. Our national cultural observances serve as a time that reminds of the significant, unique, and broad experiences of culturally diverse team members and the value their contributions add to advancing who we are as an organization, state, and nation.

Throughout the month, there will be events open to the public that you may participate in to celebrate. From the Fiesta Latina! on October 12 on the MUSC Greenway to special guest speakers, be sure to check out these events as well as your community resources for other events in the regions where you live and work. Learn more about some of our team members we celebrate and the history of the month!

-Cristina Reyes Smith, OTD, Director of Admissions, College of Health Promotions
-Claudia Salazar, Ph.D. candidate 
-Rosaura Orengo-Aguayo, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor, Psychiatry
-Emanuel Rivera-Rosado, M.D., Orthopaedic surgeon
-Eduardo Maldonado, DVM, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Drug Discovery & Biomedical Sciences
-Ian Bostock Rosenzweig, M.D., Assistant Professor and Cardiothoracic surgeon

As we celebrate the month, let us commit to building awareness, knowledge, and understanding across cultures and teams. I encourage everyone to reflect on what we can do to live our values, celebrate our cultures, and elevate our working and personal relationships. Be flexible, inclusive, and receptive of us individually and collectively.

Join MUSC as we recognize that impact as well as the countless contributions of Hispanic and Latino/a/x/e Americans in all aspects of civilization.

Be well,

Willette S. Burnham-Williams, Ph.D.
Chief Equity Officer



MUSC is proud to be recognized as a 2022 Diversity Champion and recipient of Insight Into Diversity's Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award.



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