About Black Programs

Mission: 

The mission of Black Programs, is to unite students of African-American, Caribbean and African descent by increasing the awareness and appreciation of Black history through educational, cultural, social and academic programs. Our mission includes maintaining a vital support network to help students explore their chosen academic fields and succeed in completing their degree program. Black Programs gives the students the support and connections needed to help realize the full potential of each individual. We also deeply encourage students from all backgrounds to participate in our events and student organizations. It is very important for everyone, no matter what their racial/ethnic, religious background, or sexual preference to know they are welcome here and this is a safe place for them to study and have fun. 

Location:

NMSU Black Programs is located on the Las Cruces Main Campus in the Garcia Center, Room 135. Due to COVID-19, students are welcome to use the lounge by appointment (masks are required). Appointments can be made here. 

Physical Location:

Garcia Annex
Room 135
3024 Andrew Wall Place
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Mailing Address: 

Black Programs, MSC 4188
New Mexico State University
PO BOX 30001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Black Programs does not currently offer any classes directly through the program, but the College of Arts & Sciences offers: 
  • History 361, African American History to 1877
  • History 362, African American History 1877-present
  • AFST 1150, Intro to Africana Studies
Join Black Programs here
  • Academic guidance
  • Career Advicing
  • Computer labs
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarship infromation and opportunities
  • Connect students with campus and community partners to enrich your educational experience
Become an active member of Black Programs' student organizations!
  • Black Student Association (BSA) — student led and centered
    • Black Programs works in conjuntion with BSA via guidance, resources, and support
  • Success through Sisterhood — creating pathways to success for women of color
    • Access to professional mentors, speaker and opportunities
    • Engage in self-care initiatives
    • strengthen self-esteem and self-confidence
    • Build a positive support network
    • Share your talents and gifts
  • Men of Color Initiative (MOC)
  • Fundraisers
  • Tailgates
  • "Let's Talk About It"
    • A confidential forum for discussion and support
  • Hang out in the Student Lounge
  • Have a voice in community affairs
  • Engage in unviersity events
  • Become a part of Black Program's Living Learning Community (LLC)
    • Sankofa Black Culture LLC
      • Located in Cervantes Village, sophomores and above from any ethnic and cultural back ground who have an interest in Black culture can live together. The LLC is a supportinve enviornment where students who share interest in expering, celebrating, and being deeply connected with Black culture can live together and parcipate in programs tthat promot their academic, social, and personal development. It is designed to enhance residents' sense of belonging at NMSU while also examining local, national and global issues relevant to Black culture. 
    • Activities include: 
      • Black Programs Homecoming tailgate
      • Movie nights exploring representation of Black characters in horror fils
      • Self-care workshops
Visit the Scholarship Donation page to donate to the Black Programs' endowment and scholarship, as well as meet some of the recipients. 
Yes! Program components include: 
  • Mentorship
  • Internship opportunities
  • Networking
  • Collaborative Peer Work
  • Research development
  • Career development
  • Professional presenation opportunities. 

Visit Graduate Initiative Program for more information.