Events / Eventos


Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct.15) is the period when people recognize the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States and celebrate Hispanic culture to create awareness. Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 31-day period. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.


Kick-off Tabling
Date: Sep. 15
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Lobby, Campus Union (CUB)
Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting our table full of information on upcoming events and get acquainted with the office! There will be music and bizcochitos that go with this year's theme, Mexico!


Independence Day Buffet
Date: Sep. 16
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location: Cafeteria
Enjoy the delicious menu that Sodexo has prepared featuring a variety of Hispanic food to commemorate the independence of several Spanish-Speaking countries. Also a sneak peek entertainment, Ernestine Romero will give a preview of her concert that takes place at 6p.m. on Dallan Sanders Patio.


Ernestine Romero's Concert
Date: Sep. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Dallan Sanders Patio (Ballroom in case of inclement weather)
Start off Hispanic Heritage Month with a festive dance by Ernestine Romero, recording artist and songwriter from Pojoaque, New Mexico. Ernestine will be giving a concert with the passion and energy of the Tejano, New Mexico, and Norteño music genre! Open to the public for all to enjoy the traditional and festive music. Her energy will get you dancing!


Marketing Strategies: Social Digital
Date: Sep. 17
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Pecos Room
Kristelle Siarza, attended ENMU and is an online communications and marketing strategist and social media speaker.
She founded Siarza Social Digital in 2014 after working in various marketing and communications departments and agencies for nine years. She will discuss: getting a job, running an agency and other topics related to the business field.


Folk Tales of Chimayó and Book Signing!
Date: Sep. 22
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Sandia Room
Author, publisher, photographer, and teacher, Don Usner, will talk about the process of researching and writing about family and community history. He will discuss the use of oral history, documentary resources and photography in telling community stories about Chimayó. Don was named a New Mexico Luminaria by the New Mexico Community Foundation in 2013, an award given to New Mexicans who "motivate, inspire and support the dreams of others, promote diversity and equity, and build community strength through their leadership and vision." Following his presentation, there will a book signing for his book, Chasing Dichos through Chimayó.


ENMU Hispanic Rey y Reina Competition
Date: Sep. 24
Time: 11:30 a.m. (voting starts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Crowning: 12:45 p.m.
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Lobby
Contestants will compete for the title of ENMU Hispanic Rey y Reina by votes of faculty, staff, and students. Contestants will be voted by their poster board and photo collage depicting their Hispanic heritage. Applications can be picked up and submitted no later than Sep. 17 at 4 p.m. in the Hispanic Affairs office. Each winner will receive a $100 scholarship, sash, title and crown donated by Woody's Jewelry for the queen!


La Llorona
Date: Sep. 29
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Pecos Room
Rosalía de Aragón will tell the famous legend from Spanish folklore of "La Llorona" that is known throughout the world for her eerie, spine chilling cries as she searches for her loved ones. Early Spanish settlers knew of her. Her story was ancient in European mythology, but in New Mexico it is said she lived next door, or an ancestor actually knew her. Co-sponsored with New Mexico Humanities Council.


Authentic Curandero and Book Signing!
Date: Sep. 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Camopus Bookstore (BKST)
Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice president for Student Affairs at UNM, will be giving a presentation on Curanderismo (the art of Mexican Folk Healing) with reference to various traditional and holistic health techniques, as oppose to what people presume it to be. Following the presentation, there will be a book signing for his two books, Healing with Herbs and Rituals, as well as, Curandero: A Life in Mexican Folk Healing.


Amazonian Experience: The Wanamey Tree
Date: Oct.1
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Sandia Room
Dr. Pinedo has researched and facilitated in issues of community and customary management of natural resources in Perú for more than a decade. He will discuss the myth of Wanamey centers around the notion of creation. The story is an account of Arakmbut society and culture as a prototype of creation.


Urban Legends Presentation
Date: Oct. 7
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Aztec Room
The Office of Hispanic Affairs will give a presentation of urban legends in the Hispanic Culture. They will also compare current stories to the older stories and explain their origins.


Zozobra Presentation
Date: Oct.12
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Pecos Room
Raymond Sandoval, Zozobra expert, will present and explain the history of the Zozobra burning that takes place annually in Santa Fe. Zozobra was created in 1924, as the highlight of a private party for artists and writers in the Santa Fe area. He was inspired by the Holy Week celebrations of the Yaqui Indians of Mexico. The burning of the Zozobra is better understood by "Burning your worries away"! Zozobra is set ablaze and it is said as the fire consumes the beast, so go the feelings of gloom and doom from the past year. The flames renewing the hope and optimism of the gathered celebrants.


Tango Lesson
Date: Oct. 13
Time: 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Ballroom
Experienced and professional Tango instructor, Shahin Medghalchi, will give an intense step by step dance class that will show the passion and dedication is takes to dance the tango. Wear comfortable clothing!


Real Ghost Stories from Albuquerque
Date: Oct.14
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: College of Business (COB), Becky Sharp Auditorium Presenters from "Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk" will give a presentation over the various true ghost tales that take place in Albuquerque. The presentation will tell stories of the towering office buildings and twinkling lights of modern downtown Albuquerque which lurks the memories of public hangings, duels, horrific murders and locations haunted by those who have passed over to the other side. Tales of vengeful lovers, murdered soldiers and mysterious specters wait around every turn. What better way to experience Albuquerque's history than to possibly come face-to-face with a spirit from the past?


Burrito Eating Contest Finale
Date: Oct. 15
Time: noon
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Crossoads Cafe Dining Hall
Contestants will compete for a cash price and try to take down five pounds of burritos made by Sodexo! Must pick up an application and waiver at the Office of Hispanic Affairs located in The Alley!
Deadline: Oct. 14


Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Sugar Skull Craft Day
Date: Oct 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Campus Union (CUB), Sandia Room
El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Hispanic celebration to commemorate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. The Office of Hispanic Affairs will host a craft day where everyone can decorate their own traditional sugar skull and learn about the history of the skull. RSVP recommended by emailing the office at
All materials provided!


If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Hispanic Affairs
Student Success Center (Lower Level of CUB)
ENMU Station 38


Diana Cordova
Multicultural Affairs Director
Student Success Center (Lower Level of CUB)
ENMU Station 38
Phone: 575.562.4914
Fax: 575.562.4918