The Office of Hispanic Affairs is all about people! Estamos aqui para ti! This office offers many opportunities. We are completely dedicated to helping you achieve your goals, and embracing the diversified Spanish-speaking heritage.
Our main purpose is to provide you with the tools you need for success: financial and academic assistance, moral support, and a comfortable environment where you can properly function as a student and as a person.
We will help you feel at home in an area where you can interact with people of similar experiences and backgrounds so your culture is preserved.
This department also organizes programs and events throughout the academic year, such as Hispanic Heritage Month through Women's History Month. Events and programs typically consist of interactive presentations, workshops, socials, and activities to create cultural awareness. We are all part of a big familia! We look forward to meeting you.¡Hablamos Español!
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. Celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on Sept. 15 and ending on Oct. 15. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. The fifteenth day of September is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18.
Rey Y Reina Competition
During Hispanic Heritage Month we host the ENMU Hispanic Rey y Reina Competition! Contestants present their Hispanic Heritage through talents, cultural knowledge, or any avenue they choose. There is one male (Rey) and one female (Reina) student crowned. The Hispanic Rey y Reina hold their titles for an entire academic year (September to September) and receive a scholarship for their attributions to Multicultural Affairs and the University community.
2018-19 Rey y Reina:
Aida Muñoz and Jonathan Renteria
ENMU Station 38
1500 S Ave K
Portales, NM 88130