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HE&R Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

This year's theme is "Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America"

To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month 2023, the following email was sent to our team members as part of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts' celebrations. 

Today, through October 15, 2023, America celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. This year’s theme is Latinos: Driving Prosperity, Power, and Progress in America. 

2023 Theme
According to UN Advisor Claudia Romo Edelman, “These three themes - prosperity, power, and progress - are all interconnected. Our economic success leads to more power and influence, which, in turn, drives further progress for our community. It's a cycle propelling us forward and an exciting time to be a Hispanic in America.”

Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan made the celebration one month. Why do we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month when we do? Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated over 30 days due to the number of Latin American countries like Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua that achieved independence during this timeframe.

What does it mean to be Hispanic, Latino, or Latinx? 
Hispanic typically refers to someone with descendants from a Spanish-speaking country, while Latino generally means having ancestry from Latin America. However, it is not that simple. Learn more from NBC correspondent Guad Venegas, who explores the second-largest ethnic/racial group in the U.S.

Resources and Opportunities for Learning
During this month-long celebration, we encourage you to learn more about Hispanic heritage and history. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources: 

Thank you for supporting our company’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts. Please follow along on our @HersheyJobs Instagram channel for team member spotlights. 

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Our Commitment To Act

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company is committed to fostering a stronger internal culture of advocacy and inclusion to help team members share their voices and collectively effect change. We are expanding on existing initiatives and creating new programs to develop additional avenues of progress for team members from diverse heritages.