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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 (2013)

September 16 – October 15


Hispanic- Serving Institutions Week Observance-
From Hispanic-Collecting Institutions to Hispanic-Serving Institutions”

Dr. Robert Durán, Criminal Justice Dept., NMSU
Dr. Loui Reyes, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, NMSU

Tuesday, September 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium

Dr. Robert Durán conducted a study to determine more detail than is normally reported regarding the race and ethnicity of the faculty of the rank of tenure-track and above at New Mexico State University.  The purpose, methodology and the results of the study will be discussed as well as the results of the analysis of the study.

Louí-Vicente Reyes, PhD currently is serving as Graduate School Dean ad interim at NMSU.  Dr. Reyes is a1976 aggie alumnus and his presentation “From Hispanic Collecting Institutions to Hispanic Serving Institutions” shares his personal story of the minority landscape changes at NMSU from a historical and present perspective.  The thesis of the presentation is that considerable gains have been made at NMSU in getting Hispanics on board, however the task at hand is to upgrade the academic status of Hispanics at NMSU.  Today, NMSU struggles in an effort to truly realize the Land Grant mission of educating the “industrial classes of the state.”  Our institution is in a strategic moment in the evolution of becoming a par excellence Hispanic-Serving institution.  The presentation concludes with suggested next steps on how to get there.


Screening of Prejudice and Pride a documentary from the PBS series Latino-Americans
Presenter:  Director/Producer John Valadez

Wednesday, September 25
6:00 p.m.
Health and Social Services Auditorium

 Prejudice and Pride is a film that explores the Chicano Movement from a new perspective.  Issues of race, racism, identity formation, and the resiliency of the Chicano people will be highlighted. Director, John Valadez, will engage the audience in dialogue following the screening.

This event is co-sponsored by:  KRWG, Office of the Provost, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Chicano Programs, Hispanic Faculty/Staff Caucus, Honors College, Department of Criminal Justice.

For more information on this event, contact Dr. Dulcinea Lara dulcinea@nmsu.edu


“Spirituality and Resistance through Danza Azteca”
Presenter:  Dr. Jennie Luna, Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies

Wednesday, October 2
4:00 p.m.
Corbett Center, Colfax Room 2nd floor

This workshop will outline the history of Danza Azteca as one of many Indigenous dance practices that resisted Spanish Colonialism throughout Latin America and the U.S. Southwest. This workshop will explore the intersections of race, religion/spirituality, culture, language, and history. Danza was both a catalyst and product of the Chicano Movement, inserting both a political and spiritual perspective that ultimately impacted the ways in which Chicanas/os view themselves and their identity.