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Chicanx Programs welcomes students back with pozole and champurrado

Carlos Herrera
Chicanx Programs celebrate traditional Mexican cuisines as they welcome students for the newest spring semester. Jan. 23, 2024

As the tunes of Natalia Fourcade’s’ Hasta la Raiz and similar traditional music played in the background, Chicanx Programs offered students a staple of Mexican cuisine to alleviate the back-to-school spring semester distress on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 9 am.  

The atmosphere was nearly perfect, with a rainy day paired alongside a hot bowl of pozole rojo and a cup of champurrado early in the morning provided by NMSU vendor, Alma’s Kitchen. Students took the time to visit Room 144 at Garcia Hall to warm up before starting their day. 

“We got lucky to have this weather to offer students warm, comfort food,” said Rio Lopez, Director of Chicanx Programs.  

Pozole is a Mexican soup or stew that consists of hominy and meat, usually meat or pork, that can have different variations like white, red and green. It is seasoned with oregano and chiles and served with a selection of condiments such as cabbage, chiles (peppers), onions, radishes and limes.  

On the other hand, champurrado is a sweet, chocolate-based drink. It is made of flour which gives it its well-known thick consistency. It can be made with water or milk along with piloncillo (unrefined whole cane sugar) and can also contain cinnamon, anise seed, or vanilla. 

These traditional cuisines were not the only food served at this event, however. To-go plates were also offered along with pineapple agua fresca and other accompaniments such as tostadas and a variety of vegetables. The Chicanx programs conference room was used as the setting for this intimate but heavily promoted event. 

“It’s a really good event for students to get together for good food and to share resources with them,” said Paola Valdez, Student Clerical. Valdez also manages social media and makes sure that students are informed about all the events that Chicanx program has to offer.  

The event, along with all others, is open to everyone. Students are advised to sign up to a Lat-List that notifies them of events via email that could interest them by Chicanx Programs or their affiliates.  

Chicanx Programs is part of the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) Initiative. NMSU’s new Office for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity centers on providing students and faculty/staff with assistance and opportunities to highlight and empower the underrepresented communities within the institution such as Black Programs, LGBT+ Programs, the American Indian Program, and Military and Veterans Programs. The lead goals center on equity through an intersectional program that can benefit and enable engagement. 

“Through community building we get to students about events, scholarships, jobs, etc.”, said Rio Lopez. “We want students to feel welcome and seen. To have a sense of belonging because there is a multiplicity of identities and together, we create those opportunities.” 

You can follow Chicanx Programs on Instagram or stop by their office to sign up for their Lat-List to keep up to date with the events planned for this semester.  

Don’t forget to swing by Room 144 at Garcia Hall this upcoming February 14 for their San Valentin card-making event that will be packed with music, Mexican snacks and the chance to create a Valentine’s card for a friend or loved one.  

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Andrea Vasquez, Staff Writer
Andrea Vasquez is a second semester transfer senior at New Mexico State University, majoring in Journalism and Media Studies. Although she was born in Mexico, her life has been shaped by the border experience and having the chance to be part of a tri-city adventure (Juarez, El Paso, Las Cruces). She previously attended El Paso Community College and Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. In 2022, she interned at KTSM Channel 9 News in El Paso, Texas and completed a photography internship at The Santa Fe New Mexican during the summer of 2023. She also participates in NMSU’s student broadcast News 22 as a Spanish anchor and producer for Noticias 22. She intends to pursue a career in the journalism field as both a reporter and a photographer. She is entering her first semester at The Round Up as a staff writer and photographer. For her, having the opportunity to learn and contribute to the NMSU community is a great privilege that she does not take for granted. Journalism offers a chance to observe events closely and more professionally, but disconnecting is also important for her. She likes to enjoy outdoor activities as well as spending time with family and friends and catching up with series and documentaries.
Carlos Herrera, Multimedia Specialist
Carlos Herrera is entering his second year at The Round Up as a Multimedia Specialist. He is currently a senior in his undergraduate degree in Information Communication Technology. Carlos is looking forward to this year in expanding his love for graphic design and perfecting his photography while capturing "those big Aggie moments". He enjoys being active in everything he does, and also enjoys spending time with those important to him in his downtime.

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