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Past Events

Below are past events from the NMSU Black Programs. Click on the pannel to view event information, any recordings and photos.

Fall 2023

Culture Friday

Yoruba Culture - September 15, 2023

A showcase of the Yoruba people and culture from the southwestern part of Nigeria (in West Africa). We discussed the naming culture, the foods, cooking, music, poems, Panegyric, festivals, dressing, and prominent people. 


Black Faculty & Staff Connect - September 28, 2023

This was an avenue for Black faculties and staff members of the NMSU community to meet, discuss, and get to know each other. It was an avenue to build and foster a strong sense of community.


Ashanti Culture - September 29, 2023

 A showcase of the Ashanti a subgroup of the Akan people and culture from the central part of Ghana (in West Africa). We discussed the naming culture, the foods, cooking, music, poems,  dressing, and prominent people. 


Igbo Culture - October 13, 2023

 A showcase of the Igbo people and culture from the eastern part of Nigeria (in West Africa). We discussed the symbolism, foods, cooking, music, poems, dressing, ceremonial cultures, and prominent people. 

Spring 2021

Real Talk - April 30, 2021

50 Shades of Blackness - Series Finale

Join New Mexico State Rep. Stapleton and Senator Pope in a discussion about two historic bills that improve educational outcomes & combat systemic discrimination for Black New Mexico students & employees.



Black Health Matters Fair

Topic: Black Health Matters Fair

Date: Feb 23, 2021 11:43 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)



Creative Expression

Topic: Creative Expression: West African Drum, Dance, and Art Experience

Date: Feb 12, 2021 04:12 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)



Spoken Word: A Weapon of Mass Construction

Topic: Spoken Word: A Weapon of Mass Construction

Date: Feb 16, 2021 05:30 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)



Fall 2020

Fall Graduation Celebration

The Fall 2020 Graduation Celebration was held on December 10 from 5:00-6:30pm via Zoom. Dr. Henrietta Williams Pichon, Interim Dean of the College of Education, was the keynote speaker. The celebration celebrated


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Empowered to Excel Women's Convening

The NMSU Black Programs presented a Women's Convening: Empowered to Excel with keynote speaker Dr. Ashley Queen, Director of Microbiology & Public Health at the American Clearning Institute. This convening featured Women in STEM and Outstanding Young Professionals with a mentor panel discussion with special guest Tamanda Chabvota, a 2019 NMSU Alumna. 

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Girl Trek Health Walking Initiative

A socially distanced health initiative event was held on Thursday, October 22 on the Las Cruces NMSU campus. Dr. Patrick Tuner provided a 5 minute warm up before a 2 mile walk. Special guests included Chancellor Arvizu, Pistol Pete and keynot speaker, Jala Washington. 

Washington is a news reporter and fill-in anchor at KFox 14 News and CBS 4 Local. She graduated from Ball State University in Spring 2017 with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. She is driven by her sports background of being a competitive gymnast for 17 years where she learned the importance of perseverance and having an open mind. 

Summer 2020

Juneteenth Celebration

The NMSU Black Programs in collaboration with ASNMSU hosted a socially-distanced Juneteenth Celebration on June 19th at the NMSU Corbett Center Outdoor Stage. There was spoken word, music, guest speakers, voter registration, and a vigil. View the photos from the event

Candle Light Vigil 

A candle light vigil to honor the lives lost to police bruitality and a stand againt the systemic oppression of people of color was held for the Las Cruces Community in downtown Las Cruces on June 11th. View photos from the event below. 

Let's Talk About It: Diversity, Justice, Inclusion, and Equity

President John Floros joined Dr. Patrick Turner, Kimberly York, Dr. Henriettta Pichon and Dr. Darryl Holloman (VP for Student Affairs at Spelman College) on June 5th to discuss diversity, justice, inclusion and respect. 

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Spring 2020

Black Programs and American Indian Program Graduation Celebration

Watch the Spring 2020 Graduation Celebration below!

Black History Month

Multiple events were held during February to celebrate Black History month. Check out photos from them below!

Evolution of Hip Hop

Sara Joyner, Guest Speaker

The New Negro Movement Harlem Renaissance Experience

Creative Expression: Exploration of Music, Art, Dance and the African American Experience

Black Health Matters

Black Students Speak Out

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

The Las Cruces local NAACP Chapter sponsored a celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 20, 2020. 

Fall 2019