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PORTALES – Diana Cordova has been named coordinator of Multicultural Affairs at Eastern New Mexico University, according to Dr. Gary Musgrave, vice president for Student Affairs. Ms. Cordova, who has a degree from Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain, had served as interim coordinator since January.
Ms. Cordova, who speaks English, German and Spanish, and loves Italian food, will supervise the directors of ENMU's offices of Hispanic Affairs, African-American Affairs, and Native-American Affairs.
"Diana brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the position," said Dr. Musgrave. "She is very determined, and has worked hard to implement our ethnic affairs offices' strategic plans for student success. With her wealth of multicultural experiences, she is very sensitive to and aware of the issues facing our minority students. We feel very fortunate to have someone with her cultural heritage and background to help our students, many of them the first in their family to attend college."
Ms. Cordova, who is pursuing a master's in Spanish from ENMU, first worked as an Admissions counselor/recruiter for three years at Eastern. In that position, she coordinated the recruitment of international and out-of-state students.
The responsibilities of her new position include assisting in developing, coordinating and promoting multicultural affairs and activities on campus. Ms. Cordova has also taught several classes of Spanish at ENMU.
"Since I come from a multicultural background, understanding the likenesses and differences of people has always been my passion," said Ms. Cordova. "We will only succeed with the understanding that all cultures have value, and ENMU is giving me the perfect chance to contribute to that philosophy. I am very grateful for the opportunity."
Diana Cordova (photo by Wendel Sloan)