Celebrating the Achievements of Activists and Leaders

We are halfway through Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), and October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and LGBT History month. We’ve highlighted some ways you can get involved in these celebrations and achievements below: 


Latinx Heritage Month, or Hispanic Heritage month (official government designation) recognizes and honors the enduring contributions and importance of LatinX Americans to the U.S. and celebrates the many heritages and cultures of Americans from or with ancestors from Mexico, the Caribbean, Spain and Central and South America.


5 Underrated Reads for Hispanic Heritage Month: https://bookriot.com/books-about-latinx-history/ 


LATINO AMERICANS is a landmark six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and more than 500 years of History: https://www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/ 

Take Action @ Harvard  

Join AHLFS: the Association of Harvard Latinx Faculty and Staff Latinx Employee Resource Group is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and advancing the needs and goals of the Latinx community at Harvard University. You can connect with Harvard Latinx ERG here: https://projects.iq.harvard.edu/harvarderglatinx/membership or by emailing them @ harvardlfsa@gmail.com 


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  


LISTEN: This is life from a disabled lens. Disability Visibility is a podcast hosted by San Francisco night owl Alice Wong featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with disabled people: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/podcast-2/ 

Watch Vilma Jackson: Triple Oppression 
Triple Oppression is a new film piece created by award-winning Deaf performance artist Vilma Jackson. A Deaf woman’s struggle to fit in socially, racially and professionally. How does she try to overcome all these barriers in order to get to her dream destination 

Take Action @ Harvard: Please join Ability+ – a new campus group for those with disabilities and allies – for their monthly online programs: Thursday, October 15, 2 p.m. and Thursday, November 19, 2 p.m. Contact Erich Manser for details.


LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Icons.  


Watch: MAJOR! The award-winning documentary "MAJOR!" follows the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/major 

TAKE ACTION @ HARVARD:  The mission of the LGBTQ Staff and Faculty Employee Resource Group (QERG) of Harvard University is to ensure that Harvard is a welcoming and inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, nonbinary, and queer employees. (QERG website) 

See also: Ally Actions