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: firstname.lastname@example.org