Latinx Heritage Month 2021

September 15 - October 15 is Latinx Heritage Month! We encourage you to show your UCSF PRIDE by sharing your Latinx Heritage with your colleagues and friends. Here are a few ways you can share.

  • Change your social media and Zoom profile picture to reflect your Latinx Heritage
  • On Zoom use a virtual background showing your Latinx Heritage (Bonus if the photo is one your took yourself)
  • Share your pictures and/or short videos of yourself in cultural attire or engaging in a cultural activity. Send to [email protected]
  • Add "Latinx Heritage Month" and/or an image showing your Latinx Heritage to your Email Signature
Latinx Heritage Month Zoom Backgrounds

Please download any of these virtual backgrounds and add them to your Zoom by following these steps:

  • In the desktop client, go to 'Settings' as noted above and select 'Visual Background'.
  • Using the (+) icon, upload your new background.

Latinx/Hispanic at UCSF BCH

Staff Highlights

George Weiss

What is your role at BCH?  

Vice President Operations.  I support our ambulatory programming, center for child and community health (including the center of excellence for immigrant child health and well being) and our service lines.

What is your personal story? How did you get here?  

I have been working for children’s hospitals for more than 20 years.  This has included community engaged research, program evaluation, strategic operations and network development.  Prior to working in healthcare, I was a community organizer and artist.

Give reflections on being Hispanic/Latinx and include a favorite aspect of your heritage  

I am deeply proud of my Puerto Rican roots.  I love our passion for justice, commitment to community and belief in the beauty and greatness of people.  I also really love salsa dancing and my favorite dish is pastelon.

Latinx/Hispanic at UCSF  


UCSF Events

Virtual Ofrenda 2021

September 15 - October 31, 2021

Join the collective of Latinx organizations at UCSF in participating in our virtual ofrenda (offering) by placing an object, image, and words to dedicate to a loved one. Please honor and respect this space. 

Latinx Heritage Month 2021 is hosted by the following organizations:

  • Society of the Advancement Chicanx and Native American Scientists
  • National Hispanic Pharmacy Association
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association
  • Chicanx Latinx Campuswide Association
  • Latino Medical Student Association
  • Multicultural Resource Center

Chicanx Latinx Campus Association at BCH Oakland and San Francisco

Friday, October 15, 2021 | 2 - 3 pm 

Come join us in creating community and support for Chicanx, Hispanic, and Latinx BCH staff.


Friday, September 17, 2021 | 2 pm – 3 pm

Come join us as we learn more about the UCSF Chicanx Latinx Campus Association (CLCA) and starting a chapter at BCH Oakland and San Francisco!

Co-sponsored by the UCSF CLCA and the BCH DEI/AR Council


UC Chicanx/Latinx Leadership Summit 

Monday, September 20, 2021 | 3 pm - 4:30 pm 

The UC Chicano/Latino Advisory Council is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Leadership Summit, Cultivating Leadership Among UC’s Chicanx/Latinx Faculty and Staff. This is the first in a ​series of online event​s to gather ​faculty, staff and administrators from across the UC system to ​engage in a discussion about advancing leadership and career pathways. Join your colleagues as we examine ​a range of critical issues affecting the success ​of Chicanx/Latinx professionals and develop strategies for preparing our next generation of leaders.

  • Keynote Speaker: Michael V. Drake, President, Univesity of California
  • Introductory Remarks: Juan Sanchez Munoz, chancellor, UC Merced
  • Moderator: Stephanie Reyes-Tuccio, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Educational Partnerships and Executive Director of the Center for Educational Partnerships, UC Irvine


Hispanic Heritage Month Special Menus at the Shorenstein Family Cafe in BCH Mission Bay 

Please come join us to celebrate a 5-week long celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, every Tuesday from 11 am - 3 pm, September 14 to October 12, 2021.

  • September 14: MEXICO
  • September 21: GUATEMALA
  • September 28: NICAGAGUA
  • October 5: COSTA RICA
  • October 12: EL SALVADOR

Chancellor Hawgood in Conversation with U.S. Senator Alex Padilla 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 4 pm - 4:45 pm

Chancellor Hawgood will discuss Senator Padilla’s recent tenure as the first Latino to serve California in the U.S. Senate, his leadership during his longstanding service to California and throughout the pandemic, policy implications of health and other disparities magnified by COVID-19, how to promote diversity in STEM and science policy advocacy during this pivotal period in American history.

 ¡Bailamos! Afro Peruvian History and Dance

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 6 - 7 pm 

During the event, Pierre Padilla and Carmen Roman will provide a live demonstration and explanation of several Afro Peruvian dances (such as the Zapateo, Festejo, and Cojones) and the associated instruments used in these dances. Attendants will also have the opportunity to practice all dances under the guidance of the event hosts and to ask questions in the succeeding Q&A session. Participants will also be entered into a raffle where they will have a chance to win a gift card!

Sponsored by the following Latinx organizations at UCSF:

  • Society of the Advancement Chicanx and Native American Scientists
  • National Hispanic Pharmacy Association
  • Hispanic Student Dental Association
  • Chicanx Latinx Campuswide Association
  • Latino Medical Student Association
  • Multicultural Resource Center



Arts and Culture

Faces of Frida

“Faces of Frida,” an extensive digital exhibition offered on the Google Arts and Culture platform, is perhaps the most exciting and extensive single collection available for viewing from the Mexican, mono-browed icon’s archive. It includes over Frida Kahlo's 200 works from over 33 locales.

Latinx Art and Artists | Smithsonian American Art Musuem

Smithsonian collections reflect the rich diversity of Latinx art and artists. The Smithsonian American Art Museum's growing Latinx art collection represents the rich contributions of Latinxs to our country from the colonial period to the present with artworks that range from colonial religious works and woven textiles to abstract expressionist paintings and contemporary installations. Artists featured in the collection reflect the diversity of Latinx communities in the United States, including artists of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Dominican descent, as well as other Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States.

Museum of Latin American Art

The Museum of Latin American Art expands knowledge and appreciation of modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino art through its Collection, ground-breaking Exhibitions, stimulating Educational Programs, and engaging Cultural Events.

Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict | Online Exhibition

Holocaust Museum Houston will open its first juried exhibition in its expanded building on April 30, 2021. Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict will explore themes of social justice and human rights through 100 artworks by Houston Latinx artists. The multi-media exhibition will be a platform that examines issues that impact the community, fosters dialogue on difficult questions, and ultimately empowers social change through art.


Latinx Health Disparities Resources