Each year, Southeast Missouri State University, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Student Organization of Latinos/Spanish Club (SOL) offer activities on campus and throughout the Cape Girardeau community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

These activities recognize the many contributions that Latinos have made to U.S. culture and the U.S. economy. The Celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the U.S. started with a week-long commemoration, which was first proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 after being established by a legislation sponsored by Rep. Edward R. Roybal. It was extended to a 30-day period (September 15 - October 15) by a legislation underwritten by Rep. Esteban E. Torres under President Ronald Reagan in 1988. 

This year, we would like to invite the campus, the greater Cape Girardeau community, and individuals in the surrounding region to celebrate with us as we commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month.  We see this as a great opportunity to come together to celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic-Latino community in making the U.S. a strong and healthy society. 

Influential Hispanic Figures 

September 15 - October 15, 2020, University Center

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we recognize Hispanic Figures that have been influential in American History. Come read and learn about these inspiring figures in the UC, across from the Redhawks Market. 

COCO Showing 

Saturday, September 26, 2020, 6 p.m., 502 Broadway St., Cape Girardeau MO, 63701

Come and watch the Walt Disney picture inspired by the Mexican holiday, The Day of the Dead. Bring your own chair/blanket. Popcorn, fruit, and water will be provided by The Corner Grocery Store. The show will be put on by Michael Toeniskoetter from the Midwest Council for Civil Rights. 

¡Bienvenidos a nuestra comunidad! Meet 'n Greet for Latino Students, Faculty and Staff 

Wednesday September 30, 2020, 12-2 p.m., Academic Terrance 

This event invites all Latino students, faculty, and staff to come together to learn about programs and resources specific to Latino populations both on campus and in the community. The event is open to the University community. Sponsored by the Office of Equity and Diversity and Hispanic Heritage Month committee. 

Food Truck Thursday 

October 15, 2020, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Median between Academic Hall and Kent Library

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, the Student Organization of Latinos invites you to join us for Food Truck Thursday. Come enjoy some great food, music, and company. 

Virtual Conversation Night 

Date and Time TBD, on Zoom

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Spanish majors can talk with native speakers to get more comfortable speaking the language. 

Latino Student Organization

Our organization is dedicated to sharing the rich Latino culture by participating in cultural events. We are a very diverse community, representing many Latin-American countries. Anyone wishing to join us and help promote the Latino culture is certainly welcome.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the history and countless contributions that Latinos have made to the nation over the years. During this month, we honor the cultural richness of Hispanics.


Committee members Title Email Phone Mail Stop
Sonia Rucker, executive support/sponsorship Vice President for Access and Behavioral Health, Dean of Students srucker@semo.edu (573) 651-2524 MS 3375
Tatianna Hanna, co-chair Graduate Assistant, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity thanna1s@semo.edu (573) 651-2626 MS 3375
Carson Lopez, co-chair Graduate Assistant, LGBT+ Resource Center cclopez1s@semo.edu (573) 651-2677 MS 1250
Tammy Underwood, administrative support Executive Assistant, Dean of Students tunderwood@semo.edu (573) 651-2524 MS 3375
Alberto Dávila Dean, Harrison College of Business and Computing adavila@semo.edu (573) 651-2112 MS 5800
Adolfo Ramos  Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation aramos@semo.edu (573) 651-6891 MS 7650
Dulce Muñoz  Admission Counselor, Admissions dmunoz@semo.edu (573) 651-8897 MS 3550
Tiffany Comfort Coordinator of Leadership Development, Campus Life and Event Services tcomfort@semo.edu (573) 651-2280 MS 1250
José Andrés Miño Academic Advisor, Academic Advising jminolara@semo.edu (573) 651-5090 MS 6810
Academic Hall 010 - 011
Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701