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NMSU's Latino Week to provide entertainment with comedian, keynote speakers

The Hispanic Council and Associated Students of New Mexico State University present four events for this year's Latino Week, providing comic relief and topics regarding Hispanic culture and society.

"Latino Week is the one week during the year we devote to celebrating our culture," Jonathan Martinez, president of Hispanic Council said. "Our mission is not to exclude anybody. This is a week promoting awareness and fun."

Beginning March 5, the student leaders of the College Assistance Migrant Program Student Council will present Ernesto Mejia, a motivational speaker questioning, "Are you Hispanic or Latino?" A reception will be from 5:30-6 p.m. at the College of Health and Social Services Annex, with the presentation to follow.

Hispanic-founded sorority Kappa Delta Chi will present a talk by Mary Gonzales, national president of the sorority March 6 at the Health and Social Services Auditorium. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the talk will follow. The title of her presentation is "Culture and Society: A Conversation about Our Place in the World." Gonzales is also a Texas State Representative for El Paso County. She has worked at the National Hispanic Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, as assistant dean for Student Multicultural Affairs at Southwestern University and holds the co-chair position of the board of directors for Allgo, Texas' statewide Queer People of Color organization.

Regional sensation and reggae/cumbia/rock band Radio La Chusma will perform at 12 p.m. March 12 at the north outside entrance of Corbett Center across from Monagle Hall. The band's online Reverbnation profile says they "break down the barriers of age, race, language and religion."

Famously known as "The Red-Nexican," comedian Alex Reymundo will perform a mature audience only type comedy event at 6 p.m. March 13 in the Corbett Center Student Union. Reymundo has toured with Blue Collar's Ron White from CMT. He has 20 years of experience in standup comedy, which has widened his skill, ultimately leading to the creation of three films: "Permanent Vacation," "The Movement" and "El Matador."

The events are open to the NMSU campus community. For more information contact NMSU's Chicano Programs at 575-646-4206.