Events / Eventos

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 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 thirty one day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988 on the approval of Public Law 100-402.


Title: Kick-off

Date: Sep. 15

Time: 11:30 a.m.

Location: Lobby (Campus Union Building)

Description: Celebrate the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month by visiting our table full of information on upcoming events. There will be music, dancing, prizes and a special guest Steven Michael Quezada, also known as Gómez from hit 2014 Emmy award winning series TV series "Breaking Bad."


Title: Comedian, Steven Michael Quezada

Date: Sep. 15

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: ENMU Theater

Description: Quezada attended ENMU, actor from the 5 time Emmy award winning Series "Breaking Bad," also a comedian, humanitarian, and voted Best Local Actor in 2012 by Albuquerque The Magazine! Quezada is one of the most noted comedians out of the southwest, touring comedy clubs across the United States since 1987. He is a five-time recipient of the New Mexico Hispanic Entertainers Association Comedian of the Year Award, and he has been appeared on HBO, Showtime, Arsenio Hall Show, and the Latino comedy featuring Que Locos.

Title: Independence Day Buffet

Date: Sep. 16

Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Location: Cafeteria

Description: Enjoy the delicious menu that Sodexo has prepared featuring a variety of Hispanic food to commemorate the Independence of several Spanish-speaking countries.


Title: Mexican Identity

Date: Sep. 17

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Sandia Room

Description: ENMU International Affairs Director, Maria García, will give an in-depth discussion about both the past and present aspects of Mexico such as regions, history, and stereotypes, and the characteristics by which an ethnic background is recognizable.


Title: Argentina's History through Tango

Date: Sep. 22

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Sandia Room

Description: Dr. Celia López-Chávez, Associate Professor of the Honors College at UNM and original from Argentina, will present about the main historical events and geographical characteristics that have shaped the past and present of Argentina, and a special analysis will be done about its music, El Tango. Learn a few steps of this Ballroom dance.


Name: ENMU Hispanic Rey y Reina Competition

Date: Sep. 23

Time: 11 a.m. (Voting Starts from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.)

Crowning: 1 p.m.

Location: Lobby (Campus Union Building)

Description: 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 Sept. at 4pm in the Hispanic Affairs office. Each winner will receive a $100 scholarship, sash, title and crown donated by Woody's Jewelry for the queen!


Title: History of the Piñata

Date: Sep. 29

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Pecos

Description: This presentation will explain the origin and significance of the Piñata! Following the presentation the audience will get a chance to bring the presentation to life by breaking a Piñata in Dallan Sanders Patio!


Title: Máscaras, Trenzas, y Greñas

Date: Oct. 1

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Sandia Room

Description: Prof. Margaret Montoya, Senior Adviser to Executive Vice President for UNM Health Sciences Center, Juris Doctor in 1978 from Harvard Law School, and member of the Massachusetts, New Mexico and New York Bars, will explore the ethnic and racial differences that characterize New Mexico. Montoya explores stories in poetry and prose about assimilation and cultural differences in families and at work. The talk is an optimistic call for greater cultural pluralism.


Title: The History of Soccer

Date: Oct. 6th

Time: 7pm

Location: Sandia Room

Description: Head Zia Soccer Coach Omar Morales, will be accompanied by the ENMU soccer team to give a presentation explaining the importance and significance of the famous sport of Soccer.

History of Soccer


Title: Don Quijote de la Mancha

Date: Oct. 7

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Sandia Room

Description: Gloria Jurado, instructor of Spanish, and Dr. José Contreras, Associate professor in Spanish, will give a presentation about one of the most influential books "Don Quijote de la Mancha" in Spanish literature. The story of Alonso Quixano, an hidalgo who reads so many chivalric novels that he decides to set out to revive chivalry, under the name Don Quixote.

Don Quijote de la Mancha


Title: Hot, Sweet, and Spicy Churro Eating Contest

Date: Oct. 8

Time: 12 p.m.

Location: Cafeteria

Description: Contestants will have to try and survive this tasty yet sizzling contest! Each contestant must eat as many churros as possible in 2 minutes. The twist is that each churro will be covered in cinnamon, sugar, and extremely spicy hot sauce! The winner will receive a cash prize and a certificate of their spicy accomplishment!


Title: Remember Who You Are: Celebrate Your Herencia

Date: Oct. 9

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Sandia

Description: Alumna, Nancy Varelas MD, will give a presentation about the importance of embracing ones culture and celebrating their roots.

Remember Who You Are


Title: From Controversy to Cultural Pride: Our Complex Relationship with "Día de la Hispanidad"

Date: Oct. 13

Time: 2 p.m.

Location: Pecos

Description: Dean Mary Ayala, will explore the complex and nuanced relationship dealing with the names people identify with this day and celebratingel Día de la Hispanidad day as part of cultural heritage.


Title: Ballet Folklórico Finale

Date: Oct. 15

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Buchanan Hall

Description: This experienced Ballet Folklórico group, under the direction of Frank Herrera, will showcase traditional Folklore music and dances from various regions in Mexico. The upbeat and cultural music is brought to life by the dancers and their stunning traditional dresses in this spectacular dance performance!


Title: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead): Meanings and Symbolism in the Altars by David Morales

Date: Oct. 30

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Sandia room

Description: 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. David Morales will be giving a presentation explaining more on the meanings and symbolism the altars which are created for "el Día de los Muertos" and why it is important in the Hispanic culture. Everyone can get the chance to try traditional Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead), drink hot chocolate, and a chance to win door prizes!
Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead


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