2013 Luminaria Award Winners

November 4th, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact:
Lorena Blanco-Silva
Division for Equity and Inclusion
University of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 277-1238 / E-mail: lblanco@unm.edu
http://diverse.unm.edu


Division for Equity and Inclusion Announces 4th Annual Presidential Luminaria Award Recipients

Albuquerque, NM – November 4, 2013 – The Division for Equity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the recipients of the 4th Annual Presidential Luminaria Awards.

The Luminaria Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have lit the path in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice. Their commitment can be evident in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups; teaching, research and/or service; multicultural or cultural awareness programming; social justice organizing, community outreach or other similar activities.

Recipients of the Presidential Luminaria Awards demonstrate an exemplary commitment to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice at the University of New Mexico or in New Mexico; emerging or long-term commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice effort goes above and beyond the routine expectations of the job or project; provide evidence to support the contribution the individual(s) or unit has made in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice.   

“Each year our nominees exemplify the incredible work that is being done on our campus to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice,” said Dr. Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion. “We have amazing faculty, staff and students who are contributing to inclusive excellence in significant ways through their service to our students and communities, teaching to advance better understanding and/or conducting research that is having an impact both locally and nationally.”

The following recipients will be honored in these categories:

  • Faculty Award: Dr. Cynthia Arndell, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UNM Health Sciences Center and Dr. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Dickason Professor, UNM School of Law

  • Staff Award: Veronica Mendez-Cruz, Director, El Centro de la Raza (Retired) & Dr. Don Trahan, Student Health and Counseling and African American Student Services

  • Student Award: Marisa Silva and Claudia Mitchell

  • Community Organization Award: Southwest Creations

(For more information about the awardees, please click here.)

“Their work and leadership has made a difference and we are delighted to honor these amazing luminaries, “ added De Leon.

The recipients will be honored at the 4th Annual Presidential Luminaria Awards on Friday, November 8, 2013 at the UNM SUB Ballrooms A and B at 11am. DEI will also award the Inclusive Excellence award at the event.

To reserve your FREE ticket, please visit:  http://diverse.unm.edu/go/luminaria. Seating is limited and only one ticket per person is allowed. A waiting list will be established once capacity is met.

The 4th Annual Luminaria Awards will feature Keynote Speaker, Dr. Derald Wing Sue. Dr. Sue is author of the book, Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation; and Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University.

Luminaria nominations were submitted by colleagues, peers, supervisors or advisors (in the case of student nominees) who recognized the significance of the nominee’s work. An independent panel comprised of community members and UNM staff, students and faculty selected recipients.

Additional sponsors of the 4th Annual Luminaria Awards include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ENLACE, the Graduate Resource Center, Africana Studies, the UNM Law School, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Unidos Project.

If you are interested in co-sponsoring the awards, please contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at  277-1238 or lblanco@unm.edu.


About Derald Wing Sue:

Derald Wing Sue can truly be described as a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, multicultural education, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism.  He has done extensive multicultural research and writing in psychology and education long before the academic community perceived it favorably, and his theories and concepts have paved the way for a generation of younger scholars interested in issues of minority mental health and multicultural psychology. He is author of over 150 publications, 17 books, and numerous media productions.  In all of these endeavors, his commitment to multiculturalism has been obvious and his contributions have forced the field to seriously question the monocultural knowledge base of its theories and practices. As evidence of his professional impact, Dr. Sue's book, COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE:  THEORY AND PRACTICE, 2013, 6th Edition (with David Sue - John Wiley & Sons Publishers), has been identified as the most frequently cited publication in the multicultural field; since its first edition, it has been considered a classic and used by nearly 50% of the graduate counseling psychology market.  With the help of many colleagues, he chaired committees for the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development that resulted in laying the foundations for the cultural competency movement in the delivery of mental health services to an increasingly diverse population.  


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. DEI 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, please visit http://diverse.unm.edu or call 505-277-1238.


Contact:
Lorena Blanco-Silva
Division for Equity and Inclusion
University of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 277-1238 / E-mail: lblanco@unm.edu
http://diverse.unm.edu