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Diversity Matters ? October 20, 2011



October 17-21, 2011 


Special Recognition

The Division for Equity and Inclusion would like to congratulate Jennifer Gomez Chavez for receiving the Verizon Hispanic Heritage Award in Long Beach last week.  Jennifer has worked tirelessly to create collaborative ties between UNM and several Hispanic organizations including the Hispanic Roundtable, LULAC, Hispanic Heritage Committee, DeColores, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber and others.  Jennifer is an excellent UNM representative to the Hispanic community.  Congratulations, Jennifer!


Lobo Reading Experience

The Division for Equity and Inclusion and the Office of the Provost have provided support for the 2011 Lobo Reading Experience presentation by author, Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, who wrote The Scalpel and the Silver Bear.  Dr. Arviso Alvord will serve on a Traditional Healers Panel organized by the Health Sciences Center, Office of Diversity and the Division for Equity and Inclusion at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 at Domenici West 3010 on Thursday, October 17th. The panel will discuss traditional medical practices and how traditional medicine is integrated into western medicine. Panelists include Nicole Gonzales, CNM, Dr. Eliseo “Cheo” Torres, UNM, and Shannon Fleg,Native American Health Initiative.  A question and answer session will follow.   She will meet with students at 12:00 to 2:30 and will present her public forum at 5:30 to 7:00 in SUB Ballroom A. A book signing will follow her presentation. Everyone is invited to the public forum. On Friday, Dr. Arviso Alvord will visit the UNM-Gallup campus and present to faculty, staff and students.

Lori Arviso Alvord walks in two worlds. Raised on the Navajo reservation in Crownpoint, New Mexico, she is the daughter of a Navajo man and a white woman. Carrying this dichotomy into her education and career, she went from the reservation high school to Dartmouth College, and then found her path to Stanford University School of Medicine and a surgical residency in New Mexico. As the first Navajo woman surgeon, she learned to integrate the science-based world of medicine and the spirit-based Native American culture.


UNM Advocates for Universal Design (AUD) will hold its fall “Disability Awareness Day” this Friday, October 21, 2011, from 10 am to 2 pm, outside on the SUB North Upper Plaza, UNM campus. The day aims to educate students with disabilities about available resources at UNM, as well as in the broader Albuquerque community.


Africana Studies’ Distinguished Speaker Series: “Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars”  Established with the support of the University of New Mexico’s Division for Equity and Inclusion and The Office of the Provost, the Africana Studies’ Distinguished Speaker Series was created to enrich the academic experience of students, faculty, and staff, as well as the larger Albuquerque community.  The Distinguished Speaker Series invites respected emerging and established scholars and artists from across the African Diaspora.  These scholars and artists represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and epistemologies, and their lectures encourage critical dialogue. The Distinguished Speaker Series fulfills one of UNM’s central ideals: to promote a campus environment that “embraces critical diversity, holistic learning, inclusive excellence and social justice; and, in this way, fosters a climate that imbues diversity as an asset.”

5 Black Chics: “Black Women in the Academy: professional development workshops” Established with the support of the University of New Mexico’s Division for Equity and Inclusion and The Office of the Provost, this “5 Black Chics” program offers interactive workshops that provide an opportunity for Black women faculty and staff to learn new skills or hone existing ones and receive crucial information with regards to research, publishing and other practical and theoretical training. These workshops will assist in navigating promotion, tenure and other avenues for success at the University.  “Black Women in the Academy” will invite academicians, administrators and practitioners from across the nation to conduct the one-day workshops.

The Division for Equity and Inclusion Courageous Conversations Series Program Grant The Division for Equity and Inclusion invites UNM organizations, units, programs and departments to submit a proposal for the “Courageous Conversations” program grant.  The purpose of “Courageous Conversations” is to encourage a culture of dialogue and promote a healthy and inclusive campus climate by supporting entities that wish to engage communities in conversations that are relevant and transformative.  “Courageous Conversations” topics must address the issue(s) of diversity, equity, inclusion or inclusive excellence.  Entities may receive up to $300.00 to cover the cost of their “Courageous Conversation.”  Cost may include but is not limited to: honorariums, promotional materials, equipment, and food. Some restrictions may apply.

ENLACE has been very busy with numerous activities that support students.  The monthly ENLACE Statewide Collaborative teleconference meeting was held last week and they also participated in the 2011 New Mexico College Fair.  In addition ENLACE staff participated in the Collegiate Leadership Development Program and the Self Reliance Foundation.  Lawrence Roybal, Statewide Director for the ENLACE, was a speaker at the Hispanic College Fund (HCF), UNM College Enrichment & Outreach Programs, and New Mexico Mathematics, Engineering, Science and Achievement (MESA), Hispanic Youth Mini Institute last week that brought over 100 high school students to UNM.  ENLACE involvement in support of many programs is continuous and a more extensive review of their activities can be viewed on their website at http://enlacenm.unm.edu/ .

LGBTQ Resource Center celebrated National Coming Out Day with lots of activities to bring students together.  This week on Thursday, October 20th from 2:30-4:30 p.m. at SUB Ballroom C, the Second Annual Community Forum on Anti-LGBTQ Bullying will be held.  Everyone is invited.

Friday, October 21st a film festival will be hosted by the LGBTQ Resource Center at the Center.

Weekly coffee hours, counseling sessions and the Men’s Peer Group discussion are posted on the LGBTQ Resource Center website at http://lgbtqrc.unm.edu/ .


The Leadership in Education and Diversity (LEAD) Ambassadors met on Tuesday, October 18th, for their second meeting.  LEAD participants are building networks with each other and others on campus and learning how to talk about diversity topics to broaden awareness on campus.