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Contestants will compete for the honorable and lifelong title of ENMU Hispanic Rey y Reina by presenting their Hispanic heritage through talent, culture knowledge, and public speaking. Judge's decision is final.  Applications can be picked up and submitted, no later than, Sept. 19th at 4pm in the Hispanic Affairs office. Each winner will receive a scholarship, sash, title and crown! Pick up an application and rules at the office. 

If you or anyone you know is interested in participating, you can download the application here: Rey y Reina Application. Once it has been filled out, it needs to be brought to the Office of Hispanic Affairs to be turned in The Office of Hispanic Affairs is located in the Department of Multicultural Affairs, in the lower level of the CUB.


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2019-2020 ENMU Rey y Reina

 

Reina: Veronica Burrola

Parents: Francisco and Gloria Burrola 
Origin:  Mexican

Major: Biology/Pre-medicine 

Minor: Athletic Training

1. What made you want to run for ENMU's Reina Hispana?

            I decided to run for ENMU's Reina Hispana because I wanted to represent my culture in a way that I never have before. It's a wonderful opportunity to expand your connections and reach out to people you wouldn't otherwise. Hispanic culture is so rich and diverse, so an opportunity to share that is an opportunity that I could not let pass by. My main incentive was knowing that through this I would be able to share my culture, while expanding my knowledge about so many other cultures, too.

2. What made you attend ENMU?

            The biology department and its success in getting students into their professional schools was my main interest, aside from the wonderful scholarship opportunities available.

3. Describe where you are from and your family heritage.

            I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico but my parents were born and raised in Mexico. My mom is from Aguascalientes and my dad from Cuahutemoc, Chihuahua.

4. How do you embrace your culture?

            Although I was born here in the U.S., I have been back and forth from Mexico since I was a little girl. I keep my traditions by my side, despite not being able to go to Mexico as much now because of work and school. Even though I reside in the U.S., my traditions are what define me as a person, so I embrace my culture by proudly sharing those traditions with others and never putting them aside.

5. What do you feel you can contribute to Multicultural Affairs?

            I feel that I can contribute dedication and pride more than anything to Multicultural Affairs. Learning about different cultures, as well as sharing mine with pride has always been something that I am passionate about. I am starting my third year as the secretary of Spanish Club, so now as Reina Hispana I plan on reaching out to even more people to unify all of our cultures and learn even more about them.

6. How would you encourage others to embrace their cultures?

            I have learned that my culture is what sets me aside from everyone else. Although some of us may have the same traditions or beliefs, not a single person is perfectly identical to anyone else. And that is the beauty of culture. The ability to embrace it in such a way that it makes you unique. So the way I would encourage others to embrace their culture is by helping them realize how unique they are, so it instills pride.

7. What is/was your favorite multicultural presentation so far?

            My favorite multicultural event so far has been the Black Excellence Competition. It was amazing to see all of the different talents and hear the different stories.

8. What is your favorite thing about ENMU?

            My favorite thing about ENMU is the diversity, yet unity that exists. I have met so many wonderful people from different parts of the world and had the ability to witness how it is this very diversity which creates the family of ENMU. Everyone is so kind and respectful of each other and it makes ENMU a second family for anyone who is here.

9. How has being the Hispanic Reina (queen) affected your perspective on your culture?

            Being the Hispanic Reina has enriched my desire to learn even more about my culture. Seeing the different talents that exists and hearing the different stories from all of the contestants has made me so fond of my culture because it really does make every single individual unique. It has motivated me more than ever before to share my culture with as many people as I can and learn about theirs, too.

10. What is the one aspect of the Hispanic culture you feel most passionate about?

            The perseverance that characterizes the Hispanic culture is what I feel most passionate about. Whether it be a dysfunctional government, lack of funds, or a natural disaster, we always persevere and find a way to keep going. Despite all of the adversity we face, we never lose sight of what's important or leave our culture behind.

11. If you could describe the Hispanic culture with three words what would they be and why?

            Unity, determination and beautiful are the three words I would use to describe the Hispanic culture. Unity because the uniqueness of every country and every branch that makes up the Spanish speaking community is what comes together to form the Hispanic Culture. Determination because adversity has been a barrier for the Hispanic Culture but never a wall which impaired us from continuing. Beautiful because of the richness

12. What's your favorite part about being Reina?

            My favorite part about being Reina is representing Hispanic culture as something more than just myself. It puts me in a position in which when I share my story and my own culture, I am also speaking on behalf of the Hispanic Affairs office, the Multicultural Affairs office, and just over all Hispanic culture as a whole. It's about being a part and representing something greater than yourself.

13. Who is your biggest influence and why?

            My biggest influence are my two younger brothers. I am the oldest of the three, therefore, I want to set an example for them and show them anything you work hard for is possible. We will all be first generation college students being that my mom graduated from high school but never continued and my dad didn't even finish middle school. We don't have the funds to be put in college through our parents, however, that is not going to stop us from setting a new bar in our family, which is to pursue a higher education. I have had to take out loans, work hard to get scholarships, and work hard to do well in my classes, but have been able to do so because my biggest influence is to show my siblings that nothing can stop us from doing something that has never been done before.

14. If there is one thing you wanted the ENMU community to know about your culture what would it be?

            One thing I would want ENMU to know about my culture would be the richness behind the history of it all. How even though one is from Mexico, for example, the culture varies based on the region of the country where you are from. How there is a purpose behind everything we just see as "traditions". In the end, how even though everything we bring to the table is different, our culture is identical in its richness and the formation of our beautiful country.

15. What some advice you would give to future Reinas?

 

                Some advice I would give to future Reinas would be to embrace the beauty that lies within them. To not hold back on anything it is they want to share about their culture because it is what makes them unique. To know that their desire for wanting to represent Hispanic culture is so special because they are going to influence others to do the same.

Rey: Isaiah Mejia

Parents: Rochelle and Jose Mejia

Origin: Mexican and Puerto Rican

Major:  Social Work

1. What made you want to run for ENMU's Rey Hispano?

I wanted an opportunity to dive into my culture, since I have not really had the opportunity to do so before.

2. What made you attend ENMU?

It was the cheapest option for me to leave home and experience new things. It is far enough yet close enough to home so if anything happened I could easily make it back.

3. Describe where you are from and your family heritage.

My dad's family comes from San Luis, Mexico as well as Potosi, Mexico. My mom's family comes from Patillas, Puerto Rico. Part of my mom's family is also Mexican, but she is predominately Puerto Rican.

4. How do you embrace your culture?

I have embraced my culture throughout my life thus far mostly by the meals that I eat with my parents at home, but now I am taking initiative to be involved in events to proudly showcase who I am.

5. What do you feel you can contribute to Multicultural Affairs?

I believe I can contribute to Multicultural Affairs by helping coordinate and work events, as well as helping to showcase the many other cultures that are represented at ENMU.

6. How would you encourage others to embrace their cultures?

I just simply tell people to embrace who they are and where they come from. Every person is unique in who they are and where they come from and making them realize that will be the first step in getting them to embrace who they are.

7. What is/was your favorite multicultural presentation so far?

Thus far I have only attended the Rey y Reina Showcase, but I feel like it would still be my favorite regardless if I attended any other presentations. I was able to learn so much about the people who are around me every day on campus, and I was able to see what they presented as an example of why they take pride in who they are. It was very eye-opening.

8. What is your favorite thing about ENMU?

I really enjoy the small, tight-knit culture of ENMU. It is a small, yet beautiful campus where everybody is friendly with one another.

9. How has being the Hispanic Rey (king) affected your perspective on your culture?

It has really shown me that I do not have to be a "typical Hispanic" (speaking Spanish, dressing a certain way, listening to certain music, being a catholic, etc.) to be a proud Hispanic. I do not speak Spanish, but I am proud to call myself Hispanic and let people know that I am both Mexican and Puerto Rican.

10. What is the one aspect of the Hispanic culture you feel most passionate about?

I am most passionate about the stigma that Hispanic-Americans are below those not of color. I love having that stigma, because it makes our culture the underdogs, which I take pride in being because it gives me and everyone else the opportunity to prove everyone wrong.

11. If you could describe the Hispanic culture with three words what would they be and why?

Family – Hispanic Culture is absolutely family-based, and we take pride in keeping families near and dear to our hearts.

Determined – our culture is determined to show that we are just as capable to do anything in this country and in general.

Pride – no matter where our culture is listed when it comes to "status", we never stop taking pride in who we are, and we never stray from who we know we are.

12. What's your favorite part about being Rey (king)?

My favorite part about being Rey is being able to be an example of someone who takes pride in where they come from regardless of if they were raised up in the culture or not, as well as having the opportunity to learn more about myself and others.

13. Who is your biggest influence and why?

My biggest influence is my mom, because she has gone through so many struggles through her life as a mother, yet she always found a way to make it happen where me and my two brothers were able to live happy and comfortably.

14. If there is one thing you wanted the ENMU community to know about your culture what would it be?

I would want the ENMU culture to know that my culture is proud of who they are, and we will continue to keep working to show that we are strong community of people trying to get widespread acceptance.

15. What some advice you would give to future Rey's (kings)?

I would tell the future Rey's to stay committed to spreading cultural awareness on campus, because educating people in your own community is how that knowledge is going to be spread beyond your community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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