Wolf Administration Kicks-Off 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage MonthThe Wolf Administration kicks off 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month with a theme of "Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation." (Credit: Commonwealth Media Services)

Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) and the Interagency Planning Committee kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month yesterday with a multi-agency celebration in the Main Capitol Building Rotunda in Harrisburg.

This year’s theme for Hispanic Heritage Month is “Unidos: Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” The theme encourages us as a nation to ensure that all voices are represented and welcomed to help us build stronger communities and a stronger nation. The 2022 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is coordinated by GACLA and supported by various state agencies. Various state officials including the Lieutenant Governor, members of GACLA, and other dignitaries attended the event. This year’s celebration marks the beginning of GACLA’s 50th anniversary year and includes various events throughout the Commonwealth celebrating the contributions of Latinos in Pennsylvania.

“The Wolf Administration has dedicated itself to embracing the idea that inclusion, understanding and acceptance are the foundation that we must build upon to unite the commonwealth’s communities and make them stronger,” said Luz B. Coln, executive director, GACLA. “As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage, we must remember that contributions of the Hispanic culture and all cultures, are truly what make our state’s and nation’s history rich and our communities vibrant.”

Featured speakers for the event were Pennsylvania State Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres, Department of General Services Acting Secretary Joe Lee, Office of Administration Director of Equal Employment Opportunity Jacqueline Jackson-DeGarcia, Department of Community and Economic Development Chief Diversity Officer Norman Bristol Colón and Pennsylvania State Representative Danilo Burgos.

GACLA Chair Teresa Donate read the Governor’s Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation.

Following the event, a networking social was held in the Atrium of the Keystone Building located at 400 North Street in Harrisburg.

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