Hispanic Heritage Month

Diversity Dialogues: Resiliency through Culture

DEI and its partners hosted a webinar for Hispanic Heritage Month Diversity Dialogues: Resiliency through Culture featuring Hispanic/Latinx university leaders discussing their paths through academia and how they have leveraged their culture to survive and thrive.

The event was held on Tuesday, October 12th from 12pm-1:30pm via Zoom.

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About the Panelists:

Dr. Francisco J. Galarte is an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of New Mexico where he teaches courses in Chicanx, Latinx and transgender studies. He is also the Director of the Feminist Research Institute at the University of New Mexico. His first book, Brown Trans Figurations: Rethinking Race, Gender and Sexuality in Chicanx/Latinx Studies (University of Texas Press, 2021), explores how transgender analytics intervene or fail to intervene in the current reading practices that exist in Chicana/o Studies for making sense of processes of racialization, gendered violence, queer sexualities, masculinities and femininities. He has been involved with TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly since the journal’s inception in 2011 and served as the Fashion Editor from 2012-2018 and since 2018 has served as co-general editor of the journal. 

Dr. Maricarmen Hernández is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her research interests include environmental sociology, political sociology, ethnographic methods, and Latin American studies. She is originally from the border area of El Paso/Juárez and is currently researching environmental racism and the petrochemical industry in Esmeraldas, Ecuador.

Dr. Luis Herrán Ávila is Assistant Professor of History and Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico. He is a historian of the Cold War in Latin America, currently writing a book on conservative and right-wing movements in Mexico during the 1960s. Born in Mexico City, at a young age he moved to Villahermosa, in the southeastern state of Tabasco, and later attended the National Autonomus University of Mexico for a licenciatura (B.A.) in Latin American Studies. After earning two prestigious scholarships for graduate school, he embarked on an M.A and later a PhD program at the New School for Social Resarch in New York City. He came to Albuquerque in 2018.

Dr. Nancy López is professor of sociology at the University of New Mexico; over a decade ago she co-founded and directs the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice (race.unm.edu). Her scholarship and teaching are guided by the insights of intersectionality--the simultaneity of tribal status/settler colonialism race/structural racism, gender/heteropatriarchy, class/capitalism, ethnicity/nativism, sexuality/heterosexism as systems of oppression/resistance across a variety of social outcomes (education, health, employment and housing) and the importance of developing contextualized solutions that advance justice. Her books include: Hopeful Girls, Troubled Boys: Race and Gender Disparity in Urban Education (2003), and Mapping "Race": Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (2013). She co-edited a special issue of the Race, Ethnicity and Education Journal on Quantitative Methods and Critical Race Theory. She is also known for developing the concept of “street race.”  

Eddie Nuñez enters his fifth year as UNM’s Athletic Director, being named to the top post in athletics on August 31, 2017.  Nuñez is UNM’s 13th Athletic Director, dating back to 1911 when Ralph L. Hutchinson was named the school’s first AD.  He is just the third AD in the last 25 years, following Rudy Davalos, who served from 1992-2006, and Paul Krebs, who served from 2006 up until he announced his retirement on June 2, 2017. A former college athlete, Nuñez played four years of basketball, starting at Miami-Dade Community College before transferring to the University of Florida, playing for Billy Donovan.  He then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant under Donovan at Florida before being named an administrative assistant at Marquette in the men’s basketball program. A native of Miami, Florida, Nuñez received his Associate Degree in arts and architecture from Miami-Dade Community College, his Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management and Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from the University of Florida. He is married to the former Jane Hess and the couple are proud parents of two daughters, Elizabeth and Anna.

Gina Urias-Sandoval, who has held key administrative roles at The University of New Mexico, is chief of staff for Douglas Ziedonis, MD, MPH, executive vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the UNM Health System. Urias-Sandoval comes to her role from the UNM Anderson School of Management, where she most recently served as the executive director of the Executive and Professional Education Center. She oversaw graduate programs and non-credit professional development training programs, and most recently was placed in charge of the school’s corporate and community engagement. Although she was born and raised in Texas, she considers New Mexico her home. She is a UNM alumna, having completed her bachelor’s degree and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Anderson.  

For information about HHM events sponsored by various UNM partners,
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El Centro de la Raza

UNM Anthropology Department

UNM Health Sciences Center