For Immediate Release December 18, 2012
The University of New Mexico’s Division for Equity and Inclusion
Announces The Selection of Dr. Nancy López
As Inaugural Diversity Leadership Academy Fellow
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The University of New Mexico’s Division for Equity and Inclusion is proud to announce the selection of Nancy López, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology and Director/Co-Founder, Institute for Study of “Race” & Social Justice, as the inaugural Diversity Leadership Academy (DLA) Fellow.
"I continue to be inspired by the transformative leadership underway at UNM through the Division of Equity & Inclusion (DEI),” said López. “ I look forward to partnering with colleagues, students, and community members to advance strategic and innovative activities and practices that are anchored in the values represented in our mission statement--strength through diversity.”
The DLA academic leadership program focuses on diversity in higher education and provides a working knowledge of the activities of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion.
“Dr. Nancy López brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice,” said Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion. “As an active member of the Provost’s Diversity Council, we are very pleased to welcome her as the inaugural Diversity Leadership Academy Fellow.”
Most recently, Dr. López co-chaired the Provost Diversity Council Curriculum Committee with Dr. Glenabah Martinez, and is currently finalizing the proposal that will be submitted to the Faculty Senate for the creation of a 3-credit undergraduate "U.S. & Global Diversity & Inclusion" core course at UNM.
DLA Fellows will have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day activities of the Division for Equity and Inclusion, to participate in both short- and long-term strategic discussions at UNM, and to enhance their exposure to diversity issues in higher education administration.
“It is my hope that the Academic Leadership Academy is one of many new initiatives at UNM that will advance the work of the Division of Equity and Inclusion add to UNM’s national profile and leadership on diversity, equity, and excellence as inseparable endeavors," said López.
About Dr. Nancy López:
Nancy López is Associate Professor of Sociology and she co-founded and directs the Institute for the Study of "Race" & Social Justice, housed in the RWJF Center for Health Policy (http://healthpolicy.unm.edu/about/initiatives/isrsj). Dr. López received National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) funding for a workshop on "race" in health policy research (April 2011). She co-edited a volume based on this workshop entitled, "Mapping 'Race': Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research" (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, Critical Issues in Health and Medicine Book Series, forthcoming in 2013). She has also received funding from the Sociological Initiatives Foundation for a study of discipline in a diverse New Mexico public school, as well as funding from the NM Public Education Department for a study entitled, "Indian Education in New Mexico, 2025."
Her book Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (New York: Routledge, 2003) focuses on Dominicans, West Indians, and Haitians to explain why girls of color are succeeding at higher rates than their male counterparts. Her current work focuses on the creation of meaningful conceptualizations of "race" in as a dynamic multi-dimensional and multi-level social construction. The daughter of Dominican immigrants, Dr. López was born in New York City and was raised in NYC public housing; Spanish is her first language.
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