Equity and Inclusion

September 2021 Cultural Heritage: National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Cada año, los estadounidenses celebran el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana y Latina celebrando las historias, culturas y contribuciones de los ciudadanos estadounidenses cuyos antepasados ​​vinieron de España, México, el Caribe y América Central y del Sur.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

La observación comenzó en 1968 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana bajo la presidencia de Lyndon Johnson y fue ampliada por el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988.

Hispanic and Latino are often used interchangeably though they actually mean two different things. Hispanic refers to people who speak Spanish or are descended from Spanish-speaking populations, while Latino refers to people who are from or descended from people from Latin America.

Hispano y Latino a menudo se usan indistintamente, aunque en realidad significan dos cosas diferentes. Hispano se refiere a personas que hablan español o son descendientes de poblaciones de habla hispana, mientras que Latino se refiere a personas que son de o descendientes de personas de América Latina.

In July 2019 The Hispanic population of the United States totaled 60.6 million people, making it the largest ethnic minority in our country.

En julio de 2019 la población hispana de Estados Unidos ascendía a 60,6 millones de personas, lo que la convierte en la minoría étnica más grande de nuestro país.


The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center belongs to the nonprofit Sound Generations, advocating for the wellbeing of older adults. At Sound Generations we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed. We’ve built a culturally responsive organization that strives to be equitable and inclusive by providing our team of staff, volunteers and board members with the tools needed to address institutionalized racism and other forms of oppression.

How Our Mission Moves Us

The mission of Sound Generations directs us to promote the emotional, social, and physical well-being of all older adults and we are committed to building a team of staff, board members and volunteers who are culturally responsive and committed to equity and inclusion. Our services are more culturally accessible and relevant to individuals of diverse backgrounds and are recognized as such in the community.

Four Equity & Inclusion Goal Strategies

Sound Generations has established an Equity & Inclusion Organizational Goal that aligns with the organization’s overall mission. Our strategy involves working across departments to focus on four key Equity & Inclusion Goals:

  1. Building a common language and a long-term commitment throughout the organization
  2. Improving accountability to the community
  3. Creating a more welcoming environment
  4. Encouraging systemic change at the institutional level

The Shoreline Lake Forest Park Senior Center’s Heritage Celebration Months

2021 monthHeritage Celebrated
  January  Native American (First Nations) History    
  February  Black History Month
  March  National Women’s History Month
  April  National Deaf History Month
  May  Asian Pacific American Heritage,    
  June  LGBTQ+ Pride Month
  July    American Immigration Month
  August    Shoreline History Month
  September  National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month
  October  National Italian and German American Heritage Month
  November  Native American (First Nations) Heritage Month  
  December  Jewish American Heritage Month