Hispanic Serving Institutions Week Observance

“ Immigration Enforcement and Our Role in Protecting Children and Families”
Sept. 19, 2019, 6 p.m.
O’Donnell Hall room 111 on the NMSU Las Cruces campus

New Mexico State University’s Chicano Programs will sponsor a talk by Dr. Megan Finno-Velasquez, Assistant Professor with the NMSU School of Social Work. Dr. Finno-Velasquez also serves as the director of the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare at NMSU’s Albuquerque campus.

Finno-Velasquez will discuss recent federal immigration policies and trends in migration to the U.S., how they are impacting children and families crossing the U.S./Mexico border. She will also discuss and the community is responding and can continue to support families with immigration issues in New Mexico. Finno-Velasquez has spent the past 14 years working at the intersection of child welfare and immigration issues, as a child welfare practitioner, administrator, and researcher. She started working on immigration issues during her Master of Social Work program at Loyola Chicago, where she worked with the Illinois child welfare system on a federal immigration training project and also on a summer project with Jesuit Migrant Services in Veracruz, Mexico.


Hispanic Heritage Event

“The Sanctuary Movement of the 1980´s and Central American Refugees on our Border Today”

November 14, 2019, 6:00 p.m.
O´Donnell Hall Room 111


Rubén Garcia, Director and Co-Founder of Annunciation House
For close to 42 years, the houses of hospitality operated by Annunciation House on the US / Mexican border in El Paso, Texas have provided hospitality to tens of thousands of immigrants






Demetria Martinez, Author, Journalist and Activist
Martinez was a religion reporter in the 1980´s and covered the Sanctuary Movement, activism by citizens who defied immigration law by aiding refugees fleeing Central America. Ms. Martinez is the author of numerous works of poetry, essays, books on policy and works of fiction.




Welcome Back Events

Come by our Welcome Back Events!  Chicano Programs hosts tables by the various Hispanic Student organizations in Hispanic Council.  As well as tables representing various NMSU offices like the Graduate School, Counseling Center, Library, AMP, etc. and local community organizations.  Come by! Get to know new people and find lots of helpful information.

Fall Semester 2019

Welcome Back I  September 5th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Frenger Mall by Astronomy Bldg.


Welcome Back II  September 11, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., International Mall between English & Hardman-Jacobs

Spring Semester 2020

Welcome Back III  February 6th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Frenger Mall


Latino Week Spring Semester 2020

Latino Week is held during the first two weeks of March. The schedule for Latino Week 2020 will be announced in February. These events are proposed, planned and
executed by student leaders of Hispanic Council member organizations. We thank ASNMSU for funding Latino Week each year.




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.