Creating a Pipeline for Latina Educational and Cultural Professionals

Denise Herrera

According to the Mellon Foundation’s Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey (2015), which studied the gender and ethnic diversity of AAMD member museums, 28 percent of museum staffs are from minority backgrounds in which the great majority of these workers are concentrated in security, facilities, finance and human resources jobs. Among museum curators, conservators, educators and leaders, only 4% are African American and 3% Hispanic.

The Herrera Internship Endowment Fund at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation will provide internships annually to Latina students who are high school seniors or enrolled at least half time in an accredited New Mexico college or university. Established by native New Mexican, Dr. Denise Herrera in 2016, the Herrera Internship Endowment will allow interns to learn of the many areas of a national, cultural institution, the NHCC, in areas such as administration, visual arts, performing arts, history and literary arts or education programs. The first scholarships will be awarded in spring 2017.

Growing up in Albuquerque NM’s south valley – Denise E. Herrera is one of three children in a large, Hispanic family – living in a neighborhood where outcomes for children like her were not promising. Though Denise’s parents always placed high emphasis on education and they worked extremely hard to send their children to private school and college – they weren’t well equipped to help their children navigate the many complexities of higher education.

This fund serves to provide higher education opportunities for Hispanic, female students throughout New Mexico.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation seeks to continue to build this endowment to provide multiple scholarship opportunities to Latinas interested in educational and cultural institutions.

Contributions to the Herrera Internship Endowment are fully tax deductible and can be made to the NHCC Foundation at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102 or by contacting the NHCC Foundation at 505-383-4705. The NHCC Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization.