Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Members of the UNMC and Nebraska Medicine communities were invited to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of educational and cultural events. (Hispanic Heritage Month is observed annually from September 15 to October 15)


Month-long Food Tour

We got to know Omaha one bite at a time! We got to re-discover some of the Hispanic food scene provided by the Omaha area's most historic and diverse neighborhoods-- rich with culture and history. Explore these incredible locally-owned Latin American restaurants to experience Latino culture and delicious authentic cuisine. UNMC students received a complimentary dish at each of these local restaurants.


Chinchorro Boricua

Tipico Helado

Sep. 23: Perceptions of Healthcare in the Latino Community

The UNMC Office of Community Engagement, in partnership with the South Omaha Community Cares Council, hosted a panel discussion titled “Perceptions of Healthcare in the Latino Community”. At this event, a short film was shown featuring Latino community members telling their stories about health and healthcare. A panel discussion with the audience, featuring local Chicano activist Ben Salazar, as well as, other community leaders followed to elaborate on major themes from the film.

Sep. 29: Meat Packing Plants Research Panel

Athena Ramos, PhD (assistant professor, UNMC Department of Health Promotion) hosted the discussion which followed research that touched migrant workers in agriculture during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Guest panelists included:

Watch the recording here

Oct. 6: Intersection of Hispanic Heritage, Medicine, and Domestic Violence

The Student Life Inclusion and Diversity Office (SLIDO), EMPOWER, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center (GSRC) joined forces during Hispanic Heritage Month and National Domestic Violence Awareness Month to present a discussion on the intersection of Hispanic culture and domestic violence through a medical lens.

Oct. 12: Meat Packing Plants Broader Context

This event is meant to bring awareness to the intimate impacts the COVID-19 pandemic had on meatpacking plant workers and their families. The panel included perspectives from Nebraska Appleseed and Heartland Workers Center. 

Watch the recording here

Oct. 15: Juegos & Prizes

The Offices of Inclusion and Equity and SLIDO hosted an afternoon of games and prizes in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.


Hispanic Heritage Month was made possible thanks to our contributors and sponsors: The Offices of Inclusion & Equity, the Student Life Inclusion and Diversity Office, the Office of Community Engagement, EMPOWER, the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, the South Omaha Community Cares Council, Sodexo, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.