Hispanic Council is a hub group of multiple Hispanic student organizations at New Mexico State University that are under the supervision of Chicano Programs. The purpose of Hispanic Council is to foster professional development and leadership skills at NMSU. Another purpose is to foster unity and cultural awareness among the different Hispanic organizations on campus. The activities of Fiestas Latinas , funded by ASNMSU, are organized under the auspices of Hispanic Council with supervision by Chicano Programs.
To be a part of Hispanic Council, an organization must have an official connection to the Hispanic culture or some official connection to issues of Diversity. All organizations in Hispanic Council must be chartered by ASNMSU (NMSU’s student government). If an organization at NMSU would like to approach the Hispanic Council to become a member organization, there is a process for this which is described in the Hispanic Council bylaws. Copies of the bylaws are available at Chicano Programs upon request. Students need not be of Hispanic descent to be members of any of the Hispanic Council Member organizations or to be an elected officer of Hispanic Council. In fact, there have been many non-Hispanic members and officers of these organizations and Hispanic Council itself.
The director of Chicano Programs is the advisor to Hispanic Council. Meetings of Hispanic Council are closed to the general public. Only members of the Hispanic Council organizations, their invited guests, and Chicano Programs staff attend these meetings.
If an individual or group would like to address Hispanic Council, the protocol is to contact the President of the Council a few days before the next meeting to request to be placed on the agenda. It is up to the President to accept, deny or postpone each request.
Hispanic Council Meetings 2013-2014
Meeting start at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted
- September 5 – Hispanic Council Training
- September 24
- October 22
- November 19
- January 25 – Hispanic Council Leadership Seminar
- February 11
- March 18
- April 8
- April 22 – Hispanic Council Officer Installation