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Latine Experience

Resources related to the Latine experience and Latine Heritage Month



Latino/Latina? Latinx? Latine?- Features a painted background of a group of painted skulls or calavera

Latin American populations encompasses a huge range of experiences, regions, and cultures. As such, there are many labels that attempt to identify them accurately and respectfully. You may have heard terms such as Latino, Chicana, or Hispanic. Like all language, these are not fixed terms but part of an open ended conversation of identity, cultural, and values. Collected in this section are definitions and resources on the terms Chicanx/o/a, Hispanic, Latine, Latinidad, and Latinx/o/a. This LibGuide uses the term 'Latine' as it is inclusive of the LGBTQ community and is more likely to be used outside of an academic context. Click on the image below to get information on other terms!
Chicana/o/x- painted background of skeletons with musical instruments singing     Hispanic- Abstract painting depicting Hispanic people     Latinidad- Painting of woman wearing a dress made of different Latin flags.     Latine/a/o/x- Latine woman carrying a basket of flowers on her back   


Born and raised in Chicago Illinois by Mexican immigrant parents, Fernanda provides a first person account of identity--addressing stereotypes and assumptions, and inviting the audience to dig deeper into the Latinx experience in the United States. As someone who proudly identifies with the Hispanic and Latino culture, she addresses the role of Latinx people in shaping the culture, politics, and economy of the USA.


Are Hispanic and Latino racial categories? Well, according the US Census they're not. And with good reason! Just like the US, Latin America has an incredibly complex racial history, and Latinx in America represent this highly varied background. Of course this reality makes talking about race, ethnicity and whiteness in America even more confusing! So we enlisted the help of Kat Lazo to break it all down.


It is important to highlight that being Latine/x does not look like one distinct set of features or cultures. People from Latin America typically are a mix of European, African, and Native American ancestry.