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Latino Week


Spring 2014 dates : March 5th – 12th

CAMP- Ernesto Mejia, Guest Speaker
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Ernesto Mejia, the proud son of Mexican immigrants, is a true example of the American dream. Diagnosed with the rare disease of Guillain-Barré Syndrome at the age of 16 that left him temporarily paralyzed, he was not supposed to be a successful student, much less a College Dean of Students. Through his hardships, Ernesto learned to never give up on life. A founding member of the SLiCK program, Ernesto now speaks to students, parents and teachers about overcoming obstacles and never giving up on the American dream: education.
*Source: http://www.coolspeakers.net/services/speakers/ernesto-mejia

Kappa Delta Chi Sorority- Mary Gonzales, Texas State Representative
Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

A native from Clint, Texas, Gonzales earned her bachelor’s degree in history and Mexican-American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She received a masters in Liberal Arts with a concentration on Social Justice from St. Edward University. Currently she is pursuing her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction- Cultural Studies in Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the National President of Kappa Delta Chi and co-chair of the Board of Directors for Allgo, Texas State Wide Queer People of Color Organization. Gonzales presents on issues of race, gender, sexual identity and coalition building. Through her background and experience, she will empower and inform NMSU attendees about human rights, educational achievements and self-power.

Latinos For Exito (LFE)- Radio La Chusma
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Radio La Chusma gained fame in 2002 with their first release “Sonido de la Gente”. In 2007, they release their second album “91.5 MexM” with Justin Leeah who was a Grammy Award recipient. This led them to gain a respectful reputation throughout the Southwest region, making them one of El Paso’s top bands. In 2008, a crowd of more than 13,000 people “moved and grooved to the “Chusma” sound at the Chamizal International Memorial Park”. Their song “Adelante” was the first Spanish song to represent the American city. Their sound continues to be the voice of the growing Latino population. All of their information can be found in their website at www.radiolachusma.net.

Hispanic Council- Alex Reymundo, Comedian
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Time: TBD

Mr. Reymundo was born in Acapulco, Mexico, raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and currently resides in Kentucky. He considers himself “Hick-Spanic” or “Red-Nexican” and aims his shows aim to appeal all demographics. Alex Reymundo has spent touring with Blue Collar’s Bad Boy Ron White and has been seen by over 6 million viewers on CMT. Alex has twenty years of experience doing standup comedy which has widened his skills ultimately leading to the creation of three films “Permanent Vacation” “The Movement” and “El Matador”. For more information you may visit his website for a preview of his shows at: http://www.alexreymundo.com/.

Welcome Back Event

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Rain or shine, Chicano Programs strive to get service and information out to students

Every semester Chicano Programs puts on a Welcome Back event on the NMSU Las Cruces campus. The purpose of this event is for our staff to get out of the office and do outreach to students. We have information tables either on the International Mall or the Frenger Mall. As students are changing classes we approach them and ask if they have heard about our services. We offer scholarship information as well. For all of these Welcome Back events, Chicano Programs invites all of the student organizations that are members of the Hispanic Council to have a recruitment table. Other student offices at NMSU are invited to host a table.

If any student talks to a person at any one of the tables, they receive a free ticket for nachos and lemonade in hot weather or hot chocolate and a mini-muffin in cold weather.


DSC01815Generaciones is a mother-daughter program for 5th grade girls and their mothers. The program is based on research that states that by the 5th grade, it is important that girls have 1) a close, trusting relationship with her mother, 2) personal goals and 3) self esteem. If these three factors are not in place by the 5th grade, there is an increased chance that the girl will not graduate from high school and continue her education. Chances also increase that the girl will engage in self-destructive behavior that may endanger her future success.

Generaciones is held each spring semester. Chicano Programs works with two schools to identify girls and mothers to participate in the program. Each hour of Generaciones focuses on one of the three factors described above. A familiarity with the university campus and it’s inner workings is another important element of the program. Each year’s program culminates with an overnight field trip. Each mother and daughter spend the night in the dorms to have a taste of college life. The group swims at the pool in the Activity Center. Members of the Chicano Programs staff and the staff of each school accompany the mothers and daughters on this overnight experience.

Each semester Hispanic and other minority female professionals are invited to speak to the group. These women discuss how they obtained their education and demonstrate interesting facets of their profession.

Generaciones has been conducted by Chicano Programs for almost twenty years. Funding is provided by the Office of the Provost from the Minority Recruitment and Retention fund.

Hispanic Heritage Month (2014)

September 15 – October 15


Reviving Mexican Traditional Medicine in New Mexico: Curanderos y Yerbitas

Eliseo “Cheo” Torres
Thursday, October 30
6:00 p.m.
Corbett Center Auditorium

National Heritage Month celebrates Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean and Central and South AmericanCheo Torrez cultures in remembrance of the independence of six Latin American countries in 1821.

On Thursday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. at the Corbett Center Auditorium, Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of New Mexico will give a presentation as part of the NMSU’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities.

The talk titles, “Reviving Mexican Traditional Medicine in New Mexico: Curanderos y Yerbitas,” will discuss his two books and how sophisticated medical treatments were practiced by various indigenous groups long before the arrival of the Spaniards. “Both of my books describe and explain the revival of the rich Hispanic heritage and tradition that is being revived nowadays and brings back wonderful memories, especially to our youth, or grandma’s herbal remedies and rituals used in healing the body, mind and spirit,” Torres said.

Torres has served as VP of student affairs since 1996. He was once Vice President for External Affairs at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and taught in the Bilingual Doctoral Program, where he received his doctorate degree. He has served as Interim President, Vice President for Student Affairs and Special Services, Director of the University’s Center for Continuing Education and also as Assistant to the President. Torres provided his efforts serving as an advisor to Mexican President, Felipe Calderon for improving lives of immigrants in the United States.

For more information call NMSU Chicano Programs at 575-646-4206.