UNM is a spon­sor of His­panic Her­itage Month, a month-long cel­e­bra­tion held from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The series of events begins with a press conference Thursday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. in Old Town Plaza. Scheduled speakers include Albu­querque Mayor Richard Berry, speakers from the community, and His­panic Her­itage Month Com­mit­tee representatives.

A cal­en­dar list­ing the month long events will be unveiled at the press con­fer­ence. Most events are free and open to the public.

Press con­fer­ence agenda:

  • Opening Entertainment – National Institute of Flamenco

  • Welcoming Remarks -  Jennifer Gomez-Chavez, Hispanic Heritage Month Committee chair

  • Mayor Richard Berry, City of Albuquerque

  • Mauricio Ibarra, Consul of Mexico   

  • Dr. Jozi De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion, University of New Mexico

  • UNM ENLACE mentor & CNM student

  • Federico Vigil, New Mexico artist, National Hispanic Cultural Center

  • MANA Hermanita student & YDI student

  • Alisa Valdez, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

  • Alex O. Romero, president & CEO, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber Commerce    

  • Antonio Diaz Chacon, honoring a Hispanic Hero by the Hispanic Heritage Committee presented by Idalia Lechuga Tena, International Neighborhood and Ralph Arellanes, LULAC & HRT

  • Closing Entertainment – Festival Ballet of Albuquerque with Maestro Guillermo Figueroa of The Figueroa Project

The His­panic Her­itage com­mit­tee (HHC) was estab­lished in 2007 to coor­di­nate and high­light His­panic Her­itage Month events offered by city and state-wide organizations.

Mayor Richard Berry said, "This is the fifth year that there has been a unified effort to promote and raise awareness for all of the culturally rich Hispanic Heritage Month activities, events and programs taking place in Albuquerque. In the past, these organizations have conducted individual efforts. The Hispanic Heritage Month committee will bring all of the events together on one Calendar of Events and promote them in a combined effort, which is great for our community."

UNM orga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing include the Office of the Vice Pres­i­dent for Stu­dent Affairs, El Cen­tro de la Raza, Office for Equity and Inclu­sion, Comadre a Comadre, Title V Edu­ca­tional Ini­tia­tives and UNM LULAC Youth Council.

Jen­nifer Gomez-Chavez, direc­tor, UNM Title V, and HHC chair, said, "The goal of the HHMC is to pro­mote and pre­serve His­panic cul­ture for present and future gen­er­a­tions. It is through these events that we hope to con­tinue the tra­di­tions and spirit that adds to our unique his­tory, lan­guage and legacy."

Media con­tact: Car­olyn Gon­za­les, 277‑5920; e-mail: cgonzal@unm.edu