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Diversity Matters ? September 23, 2011


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Diversity Matters at UNM

September 19 – 23, 2011

 In this issue:
  • Special Recognition
  • Town Hall Event
  • Presentation: “News for All People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media”
  • LEAD Ambassador Program
  • Men of Color Initiative (MOCI)

Special Recognition

Congratulations, Dr. Eliseo Torres!

The Division for Equity and Inclusion would like to congratulate Dr. Eliseo Torres for the Award he received from the Mexican Consulate for his meritorious work addressing the needs of Mexican immigrants in the United States. Dr. Torres has been a champion for all students. His work with the Mexican government to support immigrant students has also resulted in a $50,000 scholarship fund allocated by the Mexican government to support Mexican students living in the United States.


Congratulations, Distinguished Professors!

The Division for Equity and Inclusion would like to congratulate all new Distinguished Professors, but especially Drs. Miguel Gandert and Enrique La Madrid who have worked closely with the Division to diversify faculty on our campus.


Congratulations, Drs. Christine Sierra, Irene Vazquez and Barbara Reyes!

We would like to congratulate Christine Sierra, Irene Vazquez and Barbara Reyes for their appointments as Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, Director of Chicano, Hispano, Mexicano Studies and Director of Women’s Studies, respectively.


Congratulations, Dr. Jozi De Leon!

Dr. De Leon, has been asked to serve on the Editorial Board of Latino USA Today. Latino USA Today is a publication that is being launched out of Albuquerque because of its large Latino population, but plans to move to a national market. In addition, Dr. De Leon and others will be writing a monthly article on education to inform the Latino community about critical education issues.



Town Hall Planned

A Town Hall is being planned for November 17th between 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. The Theme of the Town Hall will be “Imagine UNM: Diversity and Excellence.” The Town Hall will provide an opportunity for participants to speak to what they would like to see in a diversity plan that incorporates “DIVERSITY AND EXCELLENCE.” Look for more details as we get closer to the event.


Presentation and Book Signing

In collaboration with the Media Literacy Project, the Division for Equity and Inclusion will be co-sponsoring a presentation on the book, News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media. The authors Juan Gonzalez and Joseph Torres will speak to the topic of race and the American Media and then sign copies of their book. The event will be held on Tuesday, October 25th between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. in the SUB, Fiesta A&B.




NM IDEAS which focuses on immigrant students is moving forward with a collaborative partnership with the statewide New Mexico GEAR UP for materials, outreach and training in GEAR UP high schools and communities. NM IDEAS is also moving forward with the series of monthly online workshops for NM colleges and universities to increase access and success for immigrant students and families. Finally, partnerships locally are being formed to work collaboratively with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos and the Partnership for Community Action. NM IDEAS is also working to secure funds for outreach materials for printing more postcards and posters. Future workshops in communities and at statewide conferences are also being planned.


LEAD Ambassadors

Work continues on recruitment of student applicants. LEAD Ambassadors will be chosen by the end of the week through a committee review process. The first workshop will be held soon after they are selected. Monthly workshops will be held for LEAD Ambassadors to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion topics.


Men of Color Initiative (MOCI)

The Division for Equity and Inclusion staff are meeting with partners across campus to develop strategies to support young men of color across campus departments. Best practices across universities are being researched to develop a program that is consistent with other national efforts. MOCI is also planning to show “Too Important to Fail,” a documentary on Black male students and education on campus. A new student group called the Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), has formed from the MOCI efforts. MOCA promotes informal mentoring and networking among male students of color with monthly social gatherings among students from various communities of color on campus.

Diversity Matters  Update 09/26/11

Another Congratulations is due!

Prof. Ted Jojola, of the Community and Regional Planning program and member of Isleta Pueblo, received a distinguishe professorship. Distinguished Professor Jojola, has been working diligently within the School of Architecture+Planning to establish the Indigenous Design+ Planning Institute. This Institute just received a significant gift from the Surdna Foundation.

Thanks to Dr. Geraldine Forbes Isais for sharing the information!