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.

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Fall Semester 2017

Welcome Back I  August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., International Mall by English Bldg.

Welcome Back II  September 6, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Frenger Mall by Astronomy Bldg.

Spring Semester 2018

Welcome Back III  January 31, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., location TBA (due to proposed construction)

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month is a nationally recognized period of time in the fall when Hispanic culture and heritage are celebrated. The dates of Hispanic Heritage Month span the months of September and October. This “month” is generally defined as September 15 – October 15. The reason for this is that the anniversaries of the declaration of independence of a number of Latin American countries fall between these dates in September and October.

Fall 2017

September 20

2:45-4:00 p.m.

Teaching Academy, Milton Hall

Student Panel: Hispanic Students Speak Out: Testimonio of Students’ Experience at NMSU

***Audience Members must sign up online to attend:

Any problem registering?  Call 646-2204.

Co-Sponsored by the NMSU Teaching Academy and Chicano Programs

A panel comprised of Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students will discuss their experiences at NMSU in a panel format.  By listening to the real experiences of our students, faculty and staff can glean ideas on how to better serve this population that is critical to our institutional success.


September 21

6:15 p.m.

Health and Social Services Auditorium

Presentation: “Etched in Wood: Cultural Propaganda and New Mexico True”

Dr. Spencer Herrera

Assoc. Professor, Spanish

Sponsored by Chicano Programs

The “New Mexico True” tourism campaign can be found in magazines, in airport displays, and billboards. Dr. Herrera compares this marketing plan to the U.S. State Department’s cold war-era documentary film And Now, Miguel (1953), which was designed to show a softer, familial side of the American people. It features the Chávez family who live in the small northern New Mexico village of Los Córdovas, near Taos, where they raise sheep. Over half a century later the propaganda efforts have transitioned from a political agenda to an economic one. It is now New Mexico’s state office of tourism that promotes their “New Mexico True” brand that is geared toward “consumer[s],” not political alliances or cultural connections. As the state tourism website asserts, the purpose of “New Mexico True” is to “seek what is true and push past what we know to be false.” Like the shepherds who carefully tend to their flock, New Mexicans must protect their culture on their terms if it is to endure despite the rapid changes due to growth and technology that threaten their cultural traditions.


September 27

5:30 p.m.

Domenici Hall, Yates Auditorium

Performance/Presentation “The Enduring Musical Traditions of Northern New Mexico”

Rob Martinez, M.A., Deputy Historian of the State of New Mexico & member of Los Reyes de  Albuquerque

Co-Sponsored:  Southwest and Border Cultures Institute, Anthropology Department & Chicano Programs

Rob Martinez combines a historical presentation of the Musical Traditions of Northern New Mexico accompanied by a musical performance.  Mr. Martínez is a musicologist and a musician.   His presentation includes an overview of the history of Hispano/Mexicano music complete with historical photos.  He highlights the musical influences of different cultural groups, from indigenous cultures, to Spanish, Mexican and others.  Martinez emphasizes the mestizaje of Northern New Mexican music and the dynamics of the genre over time.


September 28

5:45 p.m.

Health and Social Services Auditorium

Movie: Lowriders  (2017)

Feature film starring Eva Longoria & Demian Bichir

Rated PG-13

Sponsored by Chicano Programs

A young street artist, Danny, in East Los Angeles is caught between his father’s obsession with lowrider car culture, his ex-felon brother and his need for self-expression. Danny puts his graffiti artist skills to use and paints murals on the hoods of lowrider cars to help his brother win an upcoming competition. Written by IMDb Editor


October 12

6:00 p.m. 

Health and Social Services Auditorium 

Documentary Film “Latinos Beyond Reel: Challenging a Media Stereotype”

Intro by Dr. Kenneth Hacker, Communication Studies

The screening will be followed by commentary by Professor Amy Lanasa, Creative Media Institute and Dr. Eric Morgan, Communication Studies

Co-sponsored by NMSU Communication Studies Department and Chicano Programs

This documentary examines how U.S news and entertainment media portray, and do not portray- Latinos.  Drawing on the insights of Latino scholars, journalists, community leaders, actors, directors, and producers, they uncover a pattern of gross misrepresentation and gross under-representation- a world in which Latinos tend to appear, if at all, as gangsters and Mexican bandits, harlots and prostitutes, drug dealers, etc. The film challenges viewers to think critically about the wide-ranging effects of these media stereotypes and to envision alternative representations more capable of capturing the humanity and diversity of Latinos.  Featuring commentary from: Chon Noriega, Josefina Lopez, Moctesuma Esparza, and others.

For more information, contact Chicano Programs at 575-646-4206

Latino Week Spring Semester 2017

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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.