Latino Week 2016
Welcome Back Event
February 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Frenger Mall
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.
Generaciones 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.