African American Studies is a “Student Centered” program that actively promotes the development of strong interpersonal relationships between faculty, staff, and students. Focusing on Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Latin America, Europe, and North America, African-American Studies is a multi disciplinary degree granting program that offers a wide variety of courses that illuminate the literature, history, and culture of the African or Black Diaspora.
The Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies Program offers a wide range of courses focusing on the history, language and traditions of Mexican Americans and Hispanos in New Mexico, the Southwest and other areas of the United States. Chicano Hispano Mexicano studies courses are offered in many departments and include the study of the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, law and education.
Feminist Research Institute
The Feminist Research Institute is dedicated to the production of scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality, and to the creation of intellectual community among feminist scholars at UNM. UNM has a large number of feminist faculty and graduate students, and the Institute offers an opportunity to meet and work with others both within and across disciplines.
Institute for American Indian Research
The mission of the Institute for American Indian Research is as follows: To facilitate research that contributes to the decolonization, sovereignty, and self-determination of Indigenous peoples by providing initiatives that support such research endeavors and by providing a forum for interdisciplinary conversation between and among Native and non-Native faculty and students committed to such issues; To promote community-inspired, service-oriented scholarship that will link the university to Native American Nations and communities and generate discussion of Indigenous issues both within the university and in the surrounding area; To recruit and retain American Indian faculty members and graduate students and nurture American Indian intellectuals at every level; To generate intellectual and financial resources for the Institute; To support all initiatives of the Native American Studies Program (NAS) and to coordinate new initiatives with NAS and other existing and future Native Programs, Institutes, etc.
Native American Studies
As an interdisciplinary academic department, NAS is committed to Native academic scholarship and research excellence. Their goal is to educate and inform students about the Native experience that comes from the rich cultural heritage of the sovereign Indigenous peoples of the United States. Another goal is to create a department that collaborates with Native communities and engages students in nation building.
Southwest Hispanic Research Institute
The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of the United States and fosters public service regarding the hispano and mexicano communities of New Mexico. To this end it obtains outside support for research activity, offers an intellectual home for its faculty associates, engages the University in the Hispanic community, and invites that community to participate in the University. SHRI organizes conferences, publishes a series of working papers and monographs, and sponsors public lectures and research seminars on Latino issues. From its inception, SHRI has advocated for access and equity at UNM and for the expansion of the Hispanic educational “pipeline” in the state of New Mexico. Accordingly, it undertakes educational and public service partnerships, highlights effective administrative policies and practices, and provides leadership in the hiring of tenure-stream faculty, the recruitment and mentoring of students, and the development of culturally informed curricula and pedagogy.
The mission of the University of New Mexico’s Title-V program is to build a community of engagement between students, staff, and faculty, and to promote innovative programs leading to increased retention and graduation rates of our Hispanic and low income students.
UNM HSC Office of Diversity
The Office of Diversity at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine’s mission is to promote ethnic, racial, socio-economic, and geographic diversity in the Health Sciences, and to create opportunities to address the health disparities that affect all New Mexicans.
Women Studies is an interdisciplinary program that strives to provide equal education for both women and men by making the study of the history and culture of women, as well as the social structures of gender, the central focus of concentrated scholarship and learning. The program incorporates insights from the study of history, literature, and the social sciences as well as law, education, the humanities, and fine arts. The program supports the development and application of new theories of feminist studies throughout the university and works to create an atmosphere in which women and their achievements can continue to take place and receive serious attention.