Q&A — ENMU multicultural affairs director is on 14th year

By Eric Norwood Jr.

PNT staff writer

enorwood@pntonline.com

Diana Cordova is the director of multicultural affairs at Eastern New Mexico University. Her office offers resources for all students on campus and its goal is to create cultural awareness. Her office includes the offices for Native American, Hispanic, African-American, and International student affairs. These offices help ease the transition for new students on campus, as well as putting on events and activities for student involvement.

Eastern New Mexico University: Courtesy Photo Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at ENMU.

Eastern New Mexico University: Courtesy Photo
Diana Cordova, director of multicultural affairs at ENMU.

Where are you from and how long have you been working at Eastern New Mexico University?

I was born and raised in the metropolitan city of Madrid. I have lived in Clovis since 1994. November will be my 14th exciting year at ENMU. I truly considered myself a lucky woman who has had the opportunities of living in different parts of the world, meet culturally diversified people and experienced the cosmopolitan and rural aspects of life.

What are some events you have lined up for this fall for multicultural affairs?

We’re starting with a meet-and-greet with multicultural affairs staff by building your own sundae on Sept. 5th at 6 p.m. in (ENMU’s Sandia Room). There are too many interesting cultural events from music to book signings, ethnic food, art, travels, etc… not to mention for Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15th-Oct. 15th) and Native Heritage Month and International European Week in November. Also preparing for Martin Luther King and Black History Month, and tentatively The Story of the Sudan Boys.

What is your favorite international meal?

Impossible to answer but anything that deals with seafood. My family until this day only follows the now acclaimed Mediterranean diet of the traditional consumption of cooking with olive oil, lots of legumes, fruits and vegetables, fish, yogurt and cheeses, and low intake of meat. It was hard when I arrived to this area since beef is the desired way of eating.

Do you have a secret talent or skill?

Love extreme sports. Done a few.

Where are some places you have traveled around the world?

Most of Europe from mainland to Iceland, Azores, Canary Islands, Eastern Caribbean, Mexico, Canada. One of my favorite states is Alaska.

What languages besides English can you speak?

Spanish and German fluently.

Who is your favorite actor/actress?

Sandra Bullock.

Why do you like working on a college campus?

I learn so much from students who keep me updated as the world grows and changes.

What kind of extra-curricular activities did you do in school?

European colleges do not offer extracurricular activities per se like American universities. Academics is the main focus. Admission is hard because it depends on very high scores but most universities are at a very low cost and admittance is limited. Swimming and dancing were the extracurricular activities that I took upon myself and I continue presently.

If you could live in any city in the world besides Portales, where would that be?

Miami is where I am planning to retire.

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