PORTALES, NM – Sept. 16, 2021 – Eastern New Mexico University's Office of Multicultural Affairs celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month – Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 – with numerous events, speaking engagements and music programs on campus.
First approved by U.S. President Lyndon Johnson as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 and expanded by President Ronald Reagan, National Hispanic Heritage Month was enacted into law in 1988 and is a time when citizens are encouraged to recognize contributions of Hispanic Americans to this nation's history and culture.
Scheduled events include a history of Franciscans in New Mexico, presented by Padre José Luis on Sept. 16, a Rumba and Zumba class presented by Linda Ramos on Sept. 21, and a discussion of the situation at the U.S.-Mexican border, presented by Dr. Maria Duarte on Oct. 13.
"ENMU Hispanic Heritage Month's team is 'Honor the Past, Commemorate the Present, Envision a Bright Future,'" Multicultural Affairs Director Diana Cordova said. "We invite Hispanics to be proud of their heritage and invite those of other cultures to a cohesiveness and understanding of who we are."
All events are open to the public and ENMU community.