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A slide with titles celebrating LHHM, the top half is pink and the bottom is white.

Latine & Hispanic Heritage Month (LHHM) is celebrated annually from September 15 to October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin America, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Celebrations at Emma Willard School throughout the month include food, learning, and sharing among community members. 

Kicking off the celebrations in September, not long after the start of the new school year, Head of School Jenny Rao teamed up with Emma Dining and La Capital Tacos to bring a special snack to the community. With a location in downtown Troy, La Capital was the perfect partner to supply our campus with various salsas to enjoy together one afternoon!


An adult woman and many teenagers stand around a table with large dishes of chips and salsa, they are smiling wide.

Jenny Rao and students enjoying chips and salsa from local Troy restaurant La Capital Tacos

hands holding a plate of chips and salsa, the salsa is bright red against the yellow chip.

Delicious snacks from La Capital Tacos!


This moment also kicks off a monthly series at Emma Willard School, during which our community will share foods that are part of the many cultures that make up our campus (stay tuned on our socials for updates on the next one in October!)

Students from the Latine Affinity Group also provided slides for the screens throughout campus, filled with suggestions for celebrating this month. Recommended movies include, Selena, In the Heights, La Dama del Silencio, Encanto, and more. They also provided recommendations for products and companies, books, and a great Spotify playlist!


A slideshow page featuring many movie posters with suggestions for what to watch underneath them.
Book covers with suggestions for reading.

View the entire presentation here.


October also brought a special edition of morning reports to welcome visiting alumnae from the Class of 1961, introduce our community to the first Speaker Series event of the year, and to learn about members of our community who identify as apart of that Latine Hispanic community—in Spanish (translations were provided for those who don’t speak Spanish).

A group of people stand on a stage, one has a microphone and is speaking into it with a smile while the others listen.

A special Morning Reports gathering for LHHM.


Community members shared their personal history, including favorite memories, foods, and observations about different cultures. Head of School Jenny Rao shared her life-long admiration for singer Luis Miguel,  while housekeeping staff members Manuela Parra shared about the first time she saw snow, and Guadalupe Arbizu spoke about differences she has noted between the United States and her home in Nicaragua. 

“I hope that all of us in the Hispanic community can remain curious about our differences,” said Housekeeping Manager Enrique Ignacio, “and in doing so celebrate the rich diversity that exists within our Hispanic culture.”




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