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 Latino Week, 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 Dates 2017-2018
Fall 2017 Semester
Hispanic Council Training Aug 22, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. (funding for 4 reps)
Chicano Programs’ Welcome Back I Aug 31, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Chicano Programs’ Welcome Back II Sept 6, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Latino Week proposals DUE Sept 15
Hispanic Council meeting Sept 19, 5:30 p.m. (vote on Latino Week proposals)
Hispanic Council meeting October 17, 5:30 p.m.
Hispanic Council meeting Nov 14, 5:30 p.m.
Spring 2018 Semester
HC Student Leadership Seminar January 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon (funding for 4 reps)
Chicano Programs’ Spring Welcome Back III January 31, time TBA
Hispanic Council meeting Feb 13, 5:30 p.m.
Latino Week Reservations in Corbett Center March 1-10
Hispanic Council meeting (Nominations for HC officers) March 13, 5:30
Spring Break for Students and Faculty March 19-23
Spring Holiday (University closed) March 30
Hispanic Council Meeting & Elections April 10, 5:30 p.m.
Hispanic Council Officer Installation April 24, 5:30 pm