Events / Eventos

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep. 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 August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.


Name: Kick off Fiesta and Buffet
Date: Sep. 16
Time: 11:30 a.m.
1 p.m. Breaking of the Piñata
Location: Campus Union Building Lobby
Description: Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting our table full of information on events and prizes! At 1 p.m. Hispanic Affairs will be on the Dallan Sanders Patio for the breaking of the "Fiesta Piñata". Enjoy Fiesta Buffet at the cafeteria.

Pinata and Kick Off Flyer


Name: "Mi Camino" Dr. Linda López McAlister
Date: Sep. 18th
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room
Description: Dr. Linda López McAlister is President of Camino Real Productions, a theatre company in residence at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a Board member of the New Mexico Humanities Council. She will discuss her journey from a childhood in a "restricted" Anglo neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA to an adulthood spent discovering, exploring and celebrating her Mexican roots and identity.

Linda Lopez Flyer


Name: "Zumba" Monica Vigil
Date: Sep. 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location Dallan Sanders Patio (Sandia Room in case of rain)
Description: Monica Vigil, ENMU alumna and certified Zumba instructor, will teach Zumba moves. You will get a great work out!

Zumba Flyer


Name: Book Signing "The Odyssey of NM's Segesser Hide Paintings" by Dr. Thomas Chávez
Date: Sep. 23
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Pecos room
Description: Historian, Dr. Tom Chávez said "The Segesser Hide Paintings have been called the most important artifacts and works of art of New Mexico's colonial period." Chávez has skillfully brought together the Books are available for purchase and signing by author.

Book Signing Flyer


Name: "Traditional Mexican Music"
Date: Sep. 24
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia
Description: Learn about five of the most important music genres of the Mexican music: Ranchera, Mariachi, Norteña, Corridos y Banda. Presented by Maria Garcia, ENMU graduate student and Director of International Affairs.

Traditional Mexican Music


Name: "Embassy of Spain"
Date: Sep. 25
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room
Description: Jésus M. Jurado Mendoza Director - Spanish Resource Center of National Hispanic Cultural Center, will explain the programs run by the Education Office of Spain in US and particularly in NM. It will provide plenty of information about our programs in the US and opportunities to teach and learn Spanish language and culture in Spain.

Embassy of Spain Flyer


Name: State Representative, Nora Espinoza
Date: Sep. 26
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room
Description: New Mexico State Representative and current Treasurer of the National Hispanic Caucus State Legislators, Nora Espinoza, will talk about her roots from being born and raised in Panamá City, Panamá to her success as a leading political woman in the Land of Enchantment.

State Representative Nora Espinoza


Name: "Buon Fresco Ancient Art New Images"
Date: Sep. 30
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: COB 109
Description: Frederico Vigil, an inspired artist of rich Hispanic history, also known as the creator of the largest concave fresco in North America called "El Torreón" located next to the Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM. The images depict and convey the complexities, diversity and richness of the Hispanic experience. Themes such as science, literature, religion, acculturation, technological evolution are followed across geographical expanses and time of Mesoamerica and into the American Southwest. He has been featured in different magazines such as Sunset, Portrait of Albuquerque, Radio Vista Magazine, and Sandia Lab News.

Frederico Vigil Flyer


Name: SrA Fabio Castellanos "Road to America from Colombia"
Date: Oct. 1st
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room
Description: U.S Air Force Airman 1st Class Fabio Castellanos of the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, will talk about his road to America and the struggles that he and his family underwent while living in Colombia, before the United States granted him and his family political asylum.


Name: ENMU Reina Competition
Date: Oct. 2
Time: 11am (Voting Starts form 11am to 12:30 p.m.)
Crowning: 12:45 p.m.
Location: Lobby (Campus Union Building)
Description: Female contestants will compete for the title of ENMU Hispanic Reina by votes. Contestants will be judged by their poster board and photo collage depicting their Hispanic heritage. Applications can be picked up and submitted no later than Sep. 27 at 4 p.m. in the Hispanic Affairs office. The winner will receive a $100 scholarship, sash, title and crown donated by Woody's Jewelry!
Application form and instructions can be found here

Reina Competition


Name: "Asombro, Conciencia, e Inspiración" Dr. Anthony Sena
Date: Oct. 3
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia
Description: Dr. Anthony Sena, ENMU alumnus and Vice President of Academic Affairs for Northern New Mexico College, will be speaking on a personal account of how education can change a life and the significance of role models and mentoring in the intellectual and professional development of a person.

Asombro, Conciencia, e Inspiración


Name: "The Opportunities and the Importance of Higher Education" Gloria Jurado
Date: Oct. 4
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room
Description: Gloria Magnolia Jurado, ENMU Alumna and Spanish/Latin America Instructor, will be speaking on the opportunities that our communities provide for the importance of education. "As a Hispanic immigrant woman, I had to confront several barriers but with higher education the door of opportunity had open" - Gloria Magnolia Jurado

Opertunities and Importance of Higher Education Flyer


Name: "Seven String Barbed Wire: The Many Faces of Latino Immigration" Diana Molina
Date: Oct. 8
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room
Description: Witness the complexities of the U.S.-Mexico border and immigration debate through the eyes of photo journalist, Diana Molina, in the photographic art essay
"Seven-String Barbed Wire Fence: Many Faces of Latino Immigration in the United States." The exhibit chronicles images of recent immigrants, pro and anti-immigration protesters, and symbols of separation, hope, acceptance, and freedom.
This program is also co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC)

The Many Faces of Latino Immigration Flyer


Name: Chili Eating Contest
Date: Oct 9
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sodexo Cafeteria
Description: Do you consider yourself a chili eating person who can eat really hot chili? Test yourself by competing in the "Hispanic Affairs Chili eating Contest" as the office offers some of the hottest chili in the world to win a cash prize! In order to compete, your waiver must be completed and submitted by October 7th to the office of Hispanic Affairs
Download waiver here

Chili Eating Contest Flyer


Name: "El Baile Final"
Date: Oct. 15
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Location: ENMU Ballroom
Description: Come and experience "El Baile Final" (The Final Dance) to wrap up the finale to the Hispanic Heritage Month 2013!


Name: "Día De Los Muertos" Presentation and Craft Day
Date: Oct. 31
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia room

Description: El Dia 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 be giving a presentation explaining more on the "Día de los Muertos" and why it's such an important day in the Hispanic culture. Everyone can get the chance to try traditional pan de muerto (bread of the dead), make a mask, flowers, and get the chance to win door prizes!


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