From September 15 to October 15 the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month. This event recognizes the contributions made by Latina/o Americans to the United States and celebrates their heritage and cultures. Latinas/os have had a profound and positive influence on our country through their strong commitment to family, hard work, service and religious values. Latinas/os have enhanced and shaped our national character with their traditions that reflect the multiethnic and multinational customs.

In 2010, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began hosting events throughout the month to celebrate the Latina/o community. The month long celebration includes annual events, such as Carnaval, a talent show showcase which coincides with a program for prospective Latina/o students and Call to Action Conference, which promotes grassroots movements. Other events vary per year and may include guest lectures, Salsa lessons and discussions about current political issues. The Carolina Hispanic Association (CHispA) works with the Carolina Latina/o Collaborative, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and many organizations across campus, including the Program in Latina/o Studies, Campus Y, Black Student Movement and Carolina Indian Circle and many more to carry out a fun, successful month!