The period from September 15 to October 15 is officially observed as 'National Hispanic Heritage Month' in celebration of the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Following guidance from CSUEU's Chican@/Latin@ Constituency Group , our Union is using the more inclusive terms 'Chicanx, Latinx, Hispanic' because, as Miguel A. Terán López, Chair of the Constituency Group, said: 'We are not a monolithic group that can be categorized and neatly be placed into a single box. It’s important to acknowledge the contributions of women, men, non-binary folks who have contributed to our progress in the past and in the present.' In the coming weeks, we will highlight diverse voices and contributions that formed and continue to form the United States of America.Read this personal essay, 'Who Are We?' by Miguel A. Terán López, Chair of the CSUEU Chican@/Latin@ Constituency Group. More from https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov : The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period.