WNMU serves local students, African natives and Chihuahuan entreprenuers.
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Since its founding in 1893, Western New Mexico University’s student body has represented every segment of southwest New Mexico’s diverse population, and WNMU increasingly serves students globally, too, through on campus and online programs. This newsletter details how WNMU serves its students, who hail from one to 9,000 miles away.

What’s inside:
  • Where WNMU students are from
  • Carrying on tradition through mariachi
  • New Native American scholarship
  • Honoring diversity
  • Cultural Center naming
  • Exchange students from Mexico and Zambia
  • Drafting local students
  • Chicano Fest coming up
Where in the World do WNMU Students Come From?
Diversity in WNMU’s Student Body
The proportion of WNMU’s student body identifying as Hispanic
(Fall 2017)
Mariachi Plata Allows Students To Carry On Tradition
WNMU’s Mariachi Plata is a performance group made up of almost two dozen young musicians, who are nursing students, future teachers and social science majors. They grew up in the Hispanic tradition and learned to play mariachi in their hometowns. At WNMU, mariachi allows them to express themselves artistically through a very traditional medium and also carry on our region’s cultural identity.
The number of institutions eligible to be defined by the Federal government as Hispanic-Serving Institutions. WNMU is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, which means that at least a quarter of the undergraduate students are Hispanic.
New Endowed Named Native American Scholarship
Anonymous donors recently established an endowed named scholarship to support Native American students, pledging more than $130,000 to the WNMU Foundation to honor their belief in the impact education has on creating opportunities for Native American students specifically.
The number of Native American students WNMU serves on average each semester
Honoring Native American and Hispanic Students ]
WNMU ensures the needs of its diverse population are met and the traditions of WNMU students' backgrounds are honored through the on-campus Native American Cultural Center and the longstanding Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) student group. WNMU also holds special agreements with entities such as the Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education.
Cultural Center named after WNMU Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Felipe de Ortego y Gasca
WNMU recently named the newly established campus cultural center — formerly the MEChA Building — the Felipe de Ortego y Gasca Cultural Center after the university’s scholar-in-residence. Dr. Ortego also recently received the 2018 Premio Estrella de Aztlán – Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Texas Chapter. He focuses on cultural studies, critical theory and public policy in his role as WNMU’s Scholar-in-Residence.
A Global Education
Locals Make First Draft Pick
Mustang Athletics is recruiting largely from within a four-hour radius of Silver City. Recruiting students whose families are in driving distance increases attendance at games and boosts WNMU’s retention rate. Local students are looking to get their educations, become more involved in the community and expand their world views — all things they can do at WNMU.
WNMU’s recruitment efforts reach as far as Zambia ]
Three Zambian students are enrolled at WNMU this fall, and more are expected on campus this spring. This is the result of a conversation about international educational issues between WNMU and the king of Zambia’s largest ethnic group. WNMU is exploring the possibility of providing higher education to the six million Bemba-speaking people of the south-central African nation of Zambia.
Chihuahuan business students return for a full semester

Two of the five Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua students who spent their spring break at WNMU have returned for a full semester. They were selected use WNMU’s new Studio G business incubator services for a week in April and had such impactful experiences that the budding entrepreneurs decided to continue pursuing their dreams at WNMU this fall.

Stephania Alarcon Alcala (pictured above) and Katia Elena Gutiérrez Barraza are enrolled full time and taking advantage of access to customized curriculum, licensing advisement, intellectual property consulting and library materials through Studio G.
The number of international higher education institutions WNMU holds agreements with to offer dual degrees, short courses and exchanges
“Teaching is not a politically or ideologically neutral endeavor.”
— WNMU’s Drs. Felipe Ortego and Alexandra Neves in their article “Decolonizing Ourselves as Educators”
Save the Date

WNMU Chicano Fest
October 19 - 20, 2018

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