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Laura Gutierrez-Spencer collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Ms-0539

Content Description

Various files regarding NMSU organizations, which focus on minority efforts. Records include programs such as: Advance, Black programs, Diversity Council, Generaciones, Hispanic Council, Fiestas Latina week, immigration issues, MEChA, Ngage New Mexico, RISE, NMSU minority programs for students, Social Justice Symposium and other files donor was involved while employed at NMSU. Note: records compiled from Laura Gutierrez-Spencer after her retirement in June 2020. All files are identified, arranged and in alphabetical order by donor.


  • 1980 - 2020

Biographical / Historical

Laura Gutierrez-Spencer is a New Mexican native. She was born in Las Cruces and raised in Silver City. Gutierrez-Spencer attended Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, for two years, before she graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, with a bachelor’s degree. She earned a master’s degree from NMSU and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. After spending seven years as a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Gutierrez-Spencer returned to Las Cruces in 1996 and began her position as NMSU's Director of Chicano Programs. As director of Chicano Programs, Gutierrez-Spencer’s mission was to change perceptions and perspectives, she often offered guidance to underrepresented students in order for them to succeed and navigate while attending NMSU. During her career at NMSU, she inherited the Generaciones program, a mother-daughter program for fifth grade girls and their mothers. On June 30, 2020, Gutierrez-Spencer retired from NMSU after spending 24 years.


4.5 Linear Feet (2 Paige boxes containing files and 1 Paige box containing 2 scrapbooks and VHS tapes )

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The collection includes files regarding various New Mexico State University minority programs efforts in which Laura Gutierrez-Spencer was involved during her time spent as the Director of Chicano Programs as New Mexico State University.


Gifts of Laura Gutierrez Spencer:

Gifts of Laura Gutierrez Spencer

  1. RG2020-012
  2. RG2022-037

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jennifer Olguin. (July, 2020)
Guide to the Laura Gutierrez-Spencer collection
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Finding Aid by Jennifer Olguin
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Repository Details

Part of the New Mexico State University Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Branson Hall
PO Box 30006
MSC 3475
Las Cruces New Mexico 88003 USA