You?re Invited: Imagine UNM Forum


The Provost’s Diversity Council is formulating UNM’s Diversity Plan for the next ten years!  In support of this effort, the Division for Equity and Inclusion will be hosting the “Imagine UNM” forum.  The interactive forum seeks input from faculty, staff, students, and community members that will illustrate what UNM would look and feel like if diversity and excellence were fully integrated.

Your input is critical! We are inviting you to participate in the Imagine UNM forum.  It is critical that we hear your voice and learn about your vision for UNM.   For additional information on Imagine UNM visit

Please join the Division for Equity and Inclusion for this important dialogue on Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 3:00-5:00 pm in SUB Ballroom C.



Lorena Blanco-Silva
Office for Equity and Inclusion
University of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 277-1238 / E-mail:

Imagine UNM Scheduled for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Albuquerque, NM – December 1, 2011 — Interim Provost Chaouki Abdallah recently formed the Provost’s Diversity Council (PDC). The PDC is comprised of individuals with an interest and commitment to diversity and excellence. According to Abdallah, the charge of the Diversity Council is to review historical documents addressing diversity at UNM and study campus climate policies and best practices addressing diversity and excellence at institutions of higher education.

“Data from various sources will be evaluated in determining the needs at UNM as we move to establish a UNM model that embraces diversity and excellence,” added Abdallah. “I hope that this plan may be successfully woven into the very fabric of daily operations at the University of New Mexico.”

To assist them in their task, the Division for Equity and Inclusion, under the leadership of VP Dr. Jozi De Leon, is sponsoring the Imagine UNM Forum on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from 3pm-5pm in SUB Ballroom C.

Imagine UNM is an interactive forum which seeks input from participants that will illustrate what UNM would look and feel like if diversity and excellence were fully integrated. It is an opportunity for university-wide dialogue on diversity, equity and inclusion for faculty, staff, students and community. Your input is critical because the information generated will inform the Provost’s Diversity Council in formulating the Diversity Plan for the next 10 years.

“The Plan will only be as good as the inclusive input it represents,” said De Leon. “We hope to have wide representation at the forum, but we will make opportunities for input available through our website. We invite everyone that is interested in diversity at UNM to participate and actively engage in this conversation.”

Co-Sponsors of Imagine UNM include*:

Accessibility Resource Center African American Student Services
Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce
American Indian Student Services Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies
Division of Enrollment Management
Division of Student Affairs
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center
Feminist Research Institute
Graduate and Professional Student Association
Hispanic Heritage Committee
Hispano Round Table of New Mexico
HSC Center of Excellence for African American Health
HSC Office of Diversity
Julian Samora Legacy Project Lobos Unidos
MANA de Albuquerque Office of International Programs and Studies
SOM Institute for Ethics
Title V UNM Center for Education Policy Research
UNM Graduate Resource Center
UNM Office of Graduate Studies Women’s Resource Center Writing Across Communities

*Co-Sponsors as of 12/02/11
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About the Division for Equity and Inclusion:

The University of New Mexico established the Division for Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in 2007 to strengthen the organizational capacity in order to serve UNM’s diverse student body. DEI provides leadership for addressing institution-wide equity and inclusion and lends its support to student, staff and faculty efforts that build on the university’s diversity initiatives. OEI supports system-wide diversity initiatives to enhance student recruitment and retention, academic excellence, employee diversity and a campus climate that embraces its diversity as an asset. In addition, the Office for Equity and Inclusion is the only university entity of its kind in a very diverse state, serving a diverse student population.

If you’d like more information about Diversity at UNM, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Jozi De Leon, VP of Equity and Inclusion, please contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at 505-277-1238 or e-mail at

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