Hispano Round Table de Nuevo México

HSOC Colleagues,

I want to expand on this subject a little bit.  Last night we had dinner with the Kellogg Foundation folks.  Basically the attendees were the HSOC Executive Board members, Karen Sánchez Griego, María Hines and an ENLACE student.  We spoke about a lot of  exciting things that are happening with ENLACE.  We spoke about future projects on where we need to take ENLACE.  They were very receptive and loved it.  We also mentioned to the Kellogg representatives how there seems to be a pervasive mentality that if we use the term "Hispano" as in Hispano Résume Database or Hispanic Statement of Cooperation or programs like ENLACE that are all directed toward targeting the Hispano community, we are going to be perceived as being exclusive or discriminatory.

The Kellogg Foundation representatives told us that's the way they do business worldwide - by targeting specific groups or markets.  They said you can't address all people the same way.  They said, take education for example, do you keep throwing larger sums of funding year after year toward education programs that are aimed at the general population even though they don't work?  Of course not they said.  They begin to dissect the problems and then target specifically the problem areas or the areas of failure.  They said you cannot address the issue in a generic form.  It has to be addressed in pockets or sections.  That's how Kellogg does business all around the world.  That's why they started ENLACE to begin with.

If you think about it, it makes perfect sense.  In political campaigns or business advertisements, when they are trying to address the Hispano community, they don't just use mainstream advertising.  They use Hispano media, newspapers, radio spots & television like Univisión.  They don't stick to mainstream TV because they know in business as well as politics that they are not going to reach a great number of Hispanos that way.

The same thing is applied to education.  You can't use the singular standard approach.  And when we are talking about Hispano programs we need to call them that - Hispano programs.  It's not being discriminatory or exclusive to other groups.  It is simply the way business gets done period.  It is the way business gets done in politics, business, employment and yes education.

From now on, if we are going to talk about Hispano programs or the Hispano Resumé Database, we need to be very direct and very specific about what we are talking about and what we are trying to accomplish.  Otherwise we fall into the general population and simply disappear.  We can no longer be concerned about how we are going to be perceived by anybody or any institution.  We are who we are and the HSOC is exactly that, an agreement to increase the representation of Hispanos in education, employment, economic development and cultural involvement.  Thank you.

Ralph Arellanes

HSOC Employment Committee Chairman   

HSOC agreement with signatories



I have good, current statistics on TVI. 
                                    Hispano                Total #          Percentage
Full Time Faculty             45                      343              13% Hispano
Exec/Admin/Managerial   32                      105              30% Hispano
Other Professionals         35                       121              29% Hispano
Technical/Paraprofessionals  86                  146              59% Hispano
Clerical/Secretarial          85                        213             40% Hispano
Skilled Crafts                  13                         26              50% Hispano
Service/Maintenance       77                        121             64% Hispano
Totals                          373                       1,075            35% Hispano
These are actual numbers as of the Fall 2004.  Of course, we are well represented in
service and maintenance jobs as well as skilled crafts but not the rest.  Look at
Full-Time faculty, it's pathetic.  President Glennon has not hired a Hispano faculty
member in years.  I've heard over 5 years at least.  Gracias.

The links below are the source of the data presented at our last community outreach

1. The link below will take you to the UNM results of the survey of the 1995-96 Alumni:


2. The link below will take you to the UNM Common Findings from the Spring 2000 Survey of
Graduating Seniors and the Survey of the 1995-96 Alumni:


3.  The link below will take you to the National Center for Education Statistics:

Please Note: You will need to click on the map of New Mexico and then click on the search


Hispanos acquired 5,774 degrees out of 17,498 degrees conferred in 2005.  Is that all for 2005 alone.  Gracias


On Thu, 2 Mar 2006 Juan Fidel Larrañaga wrote: For numbers clarity:

New Mexico's Population (Census). Population demographics in NM
Ethnicity Count %
Anglo 801,958 43%
Hispano 800,315 43%
Native 156,138 9%
African American 25,950 2%
Other 29,986 2%
Asian 19,975 1%
Total 1,838,277


Probably we are the majority again, this is from 3 years ago.



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