Discover Hispanic Heritage Month activities for workplace fun! In addition, your team will learn about this amazing culture, too.
Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 is September 15 – October 15. Is your team ready to celebrate?
In this list, you’ll find creative ways to engage your remote team. Learn, grow, and boost morale while exploring Hispanic Heritage.
In this list, you’ll find:
- virtual activities for Hispanic Heritage month 2021
- creative team building ideas for Hispanic Heritage month
- ideas to celebrate Hispanic leaders, inventors, and historic figures
- fun cultural heritage ideas for Hispanic Heritage month
- ways to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with food
What is Hispanic Heritage Month?
Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to reflect on the importance of Hispanic culture.
In fact, it’s a time to celebrate and grow while supporting Hispanic friends and colleagues.
First, Hispanic Heritage Week began in 1968 in the United States. President Lyndon Johnson signed Hispanic Heritage Week into law.
Then, in 1988, the celebration expanded into a month. President Ronald Reagan signed National Hispanic Heritage Month into law.
Specifically, the Heritage Month starts on September 15. That’s because September 15 is independence day for five Spanish-speaking countries.
In 1821, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua declared independence.
Today, celebrate the month-long holiday of Hispanic culture. Enjoy festivals, dances, concerts, parades, and more.
1. Host a Virtual Potluck – A Favorite Hispanic Heritage Month Activities!
Share a virtual food experience with your team! This Hispanic Heritage Month, gather to share recipes together.
First, create a shareable Google Docs for employees to contribute recipes, restaurants, and dishes. Then, share the list with your team – or even with your entire company.
Alternatively, encourage employees to submit suggestions for company-wide email newsletters. Another option would be posts on social media or Slack.
Explore this guide with 10 Traditional Latin American Recipes.
2. Invite a Virtual Guest Speaker
Liven up a video call with a guest speaker. In fact, a guest speaker brings fresh energy and unique expertise.
Be sure to send out your guest speaker’s bio ahead of the meeting. Everyone will get a sense of what to expect. In addition, include plenty of time for a Q&A session at the end!
Browse this list of Hispanic Speakers from Premiere Speakers Bureau.
3. Host a Virtual Lunch & Learn
Host virtual Lunch & Learn sessions this Hispanic Heritage Month.
First, use a free online poll like Doodle to determine the best time to meet. Second, plan a session filled with learning activities.
Third, host a presentation on the purpose of Hispanic Heritage Month. Consider adding one of the ideas in this list.
In fact, you can even make this a monthly learning tradition.
Each month, your team can pick a different topic and learn more. This is a fun way to feature famous Hispanic leaders.
During the year, honor other holidays. For example, those holidays include Cinco de Mayo or Day of the Dead.
Explore the Hispanic Star’s website on Hispanic Heritage Month. You’ll find an entire toolkit. Try PowerPoints, digital media assets, swag items, and more.
4. Learn Spanish with Your Team – A Favorite Hispanic Heritage Month Activity!
Does your team love a fun challenge? Try learning the Spanish language as a team!
During each day of Hispanic Heritage Month, pick a word or phrase to learn. For example, match words with English language words to make it easier.
Send out the word of the day in a Slack thread or to email addresses. Soon, your team will be stringing sentences.
5. Learn the Preferred Language
Help your team understand terminology. For example, does your team know the difference between Latino and Hispanic?
Specifically, this is a great company newsletter topic. In short, Latino means from Latin America. Hispanic means from a country whose primary language is Spanish.
Read more about the differences between “Latino” and Hispanic.”
6. Play a Game
Looking for a fun, interactive Hispanic Heritage Month activity? Enjoy some friendly competition by playing a game of lotería.
Lotería is a traditional game of chance, similar to bingo. To play, the game uses a card deck of images and not ping pong balls. You can play online and pick out fun prizes for the winners!
Play Lotería online with your team.
7. Learn a Dance!
Or, get your team moving by learning a Latin dance. After all, this can be a fun way to get active and release stress.
Plus, celebrate incredible Hispanic artists and music. Of course, one of our favorites is Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi.
8. Purchase Hispanic-Owned – One of Our Favorite Hispanic Heritage Month Activities!
Put your money where your mouth is and support Hispanic-owned businesses.
For example, create a list of Hispanic-owned restaurants, companies, and shops. That will be a handy guide for team lunches and client gifts.
Check out this list of 60 Latinx-Owned Businesses to Support Today and Every Day.
9. Watch the Hispanic Heritage Awards
In 1988, the Hispanic Heritage Awards was started to honor Hispanic Heritage Month. Each year, top Latino performers pay tribute to the honorees.
Celebrities take the stage along with educators, innovators, and leaders.
In addition, 2021 marks the 34th Hispanic Heritage Awards. Host a watch party via Zoom.
Check the Hispanic Heritage Awards for details leading up to the event.
10. Learn about Important Hispanic People Who Impacted American Life
Learn about important Hispanic figures in history.
For example, host a special video call with your team. During the call, ask for short 5-10 minute stories on an influential Hispanic person.
As an example, few key figures to begin include Rep. Romualdo Pacheco and Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Check out this list: 10 Inspiring Latinas Who’ve Made History.
11. Participate in the Hispanic Heritage Virtual Run
The Hispanic Heritage Virtual Run is fun and rewarding.
This 5k run (3.11 miles) supports the power of the Latino community. In addition, Latinos Run focuses on Latino physical and mental health.
First, your team can sign up and complete their run any time between Sept 15-Oct 15. Second, suggest that everyone complete runs on the same day.
Third, when everyone’s medals arrive, show them off. As an example, consider a little awards ceremony via Zoom.
Visit the Latinos Run webpage to learn more and sign up.
Looking for more diversity and inclusion virtual events? View all of our virtual team building sessions.
Plus, discover free team building ideas on our blog.