“Those Who Make a Difference” Award

The Hispanic Latino Club received the “Those Who Make a Difference” award given by West Aurora School District 129 and Washington Middle School for the HLC  Educational Outreach event  and the HLC Stem Scholarship awarded earlier this year.

Follow this link to listen to the virtual event:


(at minute 31:40 the student school board member gave an impromptu remark about our virtual event)

2021 HHM Multi-Lab Panel Discussion

The Argonne Hispanic/Latino Club ERG was proud to be involved in the first ever Hispanic Heritage Month Multi-Laboratory Panel Discussion that included ERG leaders from four national laboratories.  During the pre-recorded hour long session, the panel responded to questions concerning the mission of their individual ERGs and the impact that their ERG’s play in their Laboratory’s DEI mission.

Follow the link to see the panel discussion:




Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

National Hispanic Heritage Month is the period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States, when people recognize and celebrate the contributions of Hispanic Americans. During this month not only are the people celebrated, but also their cultural heritage in order to foster a deeper understanding of their roots.

The following are 5 tips to help you celebrate this month in culturally rich and creative ways!

1. Understand and celebrate the significance of the beginning and ending dates of this month.

The beginning date of this month is significant in Latin American cultures because September 15 marks the celebration of independence in Central America, and September 16 marks the celebration of independence in Mexico.

Every year at midnight on this date, Mexico recreates el grito, or the cry of independence made by the Father Dolores Hidalgo in 1810 that lead to the uprising among the poor, enslaved and native people of Mexico that eventually forced the Spanish out of their land. The biggest grito is held in the zócolo or central square of Mexico City, but recently many communities in the United States also hold a grito, including Bolingbrook, Illinois.  Near the ending date on October 12 is another also culturally relevant day, el Día de la Raza or the Day of the Race. This is a day to honor the mestizo people, who are those who have ancestry from Spain and the native peoples of Latin America. On this day some communities perform native dances and music, others create memorials for the people lost in the Spanish conquest, and some hold parades to celebrate the Spanish and indigenous cultures, and the way of life that resulted from their encounter, as well as the indigenous cultures who survived the colonization and conquest.

2. Learn about the Hispanic Americans who have contributed to our communities.

Most Americans know about what Cesar Chavez did for workers’ rights and how Selena Quintanilla changed the perception of who can be a popstar, but there are so many other talented and brave people who deserve more attention. Ellen Ochoa was the first Mexican American astronaut, Mario J. Molina was the first Mexican-born scientist to win a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Felipe Alou was an incredibly talented professional baseball player from the Dominican Republic who helped integrate American teams and Dolores Huerta continues to fight for fair working conditions. Enjoy researching to find out about the amazing people who have made an impact on our society!

3. Prepare some new authentic recipes from Hispanic cultures.

So much of who we are is what we eat. Since no Hispanic people are made out of taco dip, it is time to try something new! A favorite and simple dish found in Venezuela and Colombia is the arepa, a corn dough patty filled with cheese, egg or other ingredients. A Puerto Rican favorite, which will soon become yours, is arroz con gandules, or rice with pigeon peas. A great salsa can add something wonderful to your dish, and now that tomatillos are in season, it is a great time to make your own. This tomatillo salsa is so simple, but incredibly delicious!

4. Watch TV or listen to music from these amazing cultures.

We are so fortunate to be living in times when we can get a glimpse of so many other cultures through their TV, movies and music that we can get on our streaming services and internet.  Natalia Lafourcade is a Mexican indie pop artist with the most beautiful voice and melodic songs.  Buena Vista Social Club is an ensemble of some of the most talented Cuban musicians who have revived classics from the island’s golden age of music.  Herencia de Timbiquí is an amazing contemporary Colombian band who pays homage to their Afrolatino roots of the region of Timbiquí.

With Netflix and Prime subscriptions, you have access to some wonderfully produced movies and TV in Spanish.  If you want to learn about “La Decima Musa”, Juana Ines, is a periodic piece that narrates the story of Juana Ines de la Cruz in 17th century Mexico.  An unforgettable movie produced by Mexico’s Guillermo del Toro, El Labarinto de Fauno, is a historical fantasy set during Spain’s civil war also available on Netflix.

5. Try to learn and practice Spanish.

Learning another language is not easy, but most people can learn another second language if they are willing to put in the necessary time. If you are interested in getting started, below are some resources for your reference:


Reading & Listening


Feliz Día De Las Madres

Hola Amigos,

Feliz Día De Las Madres…

By:  Slade Ogletree

Mother’s Day in Mexico – May 10

In Mexico, Mothers Day is always celebrated on May 10 as opposed to the Mothers Day in US that fall on the second Sunday in the month of May. Mothers Day in Mexico is celebrated in a colorful fashion. Children honor their mothers and thank them for their efforts in bringing them up. According to a custom in Mexico, sons and daughters come to the Family Home on the eve of Mothers Day on May 9.

Recognition of Día de las Madres” or Mothers Day began in 1922 when a journalist, Rafael Alducín wrote an article advocating the celebration of Mother’s Day in all of Mexico. Though the practice had already spread to parts of Mexico, Alducín’s article led to widespread observance of the holiday, and May 10 became the universal day of celebration in Mexico.

On Mother’s Day people in Mexico send gifts of flowers and cards to their mothers. There is also a tradition of giving gifts on Mothers Day. While the older children generally buy gifts from the store, the younger ones may prepare handmade gifts to honor their mothers. In several schools Mothers Day functions are organized where little ones present skits and songs to their Moms to express their gratitude and love.

Only recently dubbed “Mother’s Day,” the highly traditional practice of honoring of Motherhood is rooted in antiquity.   Pagan societies tended to celebrate Goddesses and symbols rather than actual Mothers. In fact, the personal, human touch to Mother’s Day is a relatively new phenomenon.  The maternal objects of adoration ranged from mythological female deities to the Christian Church itself. Only in the past few centuries did celebrations of Motherhood develop a decidedly human focus.

One of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a Mother deity can be found among the ancient Egyptians, who held an annual festival to honor the goddess IsisIn Rome and Asia Minor, Cybele was the major Mother deity most similar to Rhea, the Greek mother of the Gods. Other societies worshipped similar deities including Gaia the Earth Goddess and Meter oreie the Mountain Mother. In many aspects, this Mother goddess was represented and celebrated similarly across cultures.

A later incarnation of a holiday to honor Motherhood came from Europe. It fell on the fourth Sunday Lent (the 40 days of fasting preceding Easter Sunday). Early Christians initially used the day to honor the church in which they were baptized, which they knew as their “Mother Church.” This place of worship would be decorated with jewels, flowers and other offerings.  In the 1600’s a clerical decree in England broadened the celebration to include real Mothers, earning the name Mothering Day.

The first North American Mother’s Day was conceptualized in the U.S. with Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation in 1870.  She had written The Battle Hymn of the Republic 12 years earlier.  She had become distraught with the violence and killing that she had witnessed and was becoming an outspoken peace activist.  At one point Howe even proposed converting July 4th into Mother’s Day.
Eventually, however, June 2nd was designated for the celebration. In 1873 women’s groups in 18 North American cities observed this new Mother’s holiday. Howe initially funded many of these celebrations, but most of them died out once she stopped footing the bill. The city of Boston, however, would continue celebrating Howe’s holiday for 10 more years.
Despite the decided failure of her holiday, Howe had nevertheless planted the seed that would blossom into what we know as Mother’s Day today. A West Virginia women’s group led by Anna Reeves Jarvis began to celebrate an adaptation of Howe’s holiday. In order to re-unite families and neighbors that had been divided between the Union and Confederate sides of the Civil War, the group held a Mother’s Friendship Day.

The honoring of mothers on a special day is deeply rooted in tradition in most parts of the world.  This year in Mexico, Mother’s Day falls on Monday, May 10.  In the U.S. it is celebrated on Sunday May 9th.