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UNM LGBTQ Resource Center Director Honored with 2016 Stonewall Achievement Award by Albuquerque Pride

Alma RosaAlbuquerque, NM – April 25, 2016 — The Division for Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico is proud to announce the recognition of Alma Rosa Silva- Bañuelos, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resource Center, by Albuquerque Pride as the recipient of the Stonewall Achievement Award during their recent 40th Anniversary celebration. 

The Stonewall Achievement Award is presented to an individual actively striving to make changes to benefit the LGBTQ community through advocacy, education and political change and also in appreciation for outstanding contributions and service to Albuquerque’s LGBTIQ community.

“I am honored to be recognized with the Stonewall Achievement Award by Albuquerque Pride on their 40th anniversary with this symbol of strength, resiliency and deep roots of the LGBTQ community in Albuquerque,” said Silva- Bañuelos. “This award reflects the resiliency and resistance of the LGBTQ community to systematic oppression and demonstrates that we will survive & thrive and I am proud to receive this award in recognition of my life’s work and the work I continue to do with and for the LGBTQ community in New Mexico, nationally and globally.”

Silva-Bañuelos was honored on March 26th at Sandia Resort and Casino at the 7th Annual Q’s OUTstanding Awards, which honor people, business, corporations and advocates that support or contribute to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning community.

“As the first director of UNM’s LGBTQ Resource Center, Alma Rosa has demonstrated her dedication to the LGBTQ community through program development, activities that engage students and services specific to the needs of not only UNM, but the entire community,” said Jozi De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion. “We are so proud of her many accomplishments including the recognition of UNM as one of the Top 30 best colleges for LGBTQ students in the nation and now as a recipient of the Stonewall Achievement Award.”

“In receiving the Stonewall Achievement Award, my hope is that our LGBTQ, Queer and Trans elders and youth see themselves reflected in the community we build together and inspires intergenerational community building that includes trust, sharing experiences, learning from each other and growing a stronger community where we all feel like we belong or have home,” added Silva- Bañuelos. “The Stonewall legacy is built on resistance, relationships, chosen family and not leaving anyone behind and I hope to continue the Stonewall social justice legacy in New Mexico and beyond so that LGBTQ people are accepted in society, there is an end to violence against LGBTQ people and we are integrated as whole authentic community members as we create another world that is possible and necessary.”

If you are interested in more information about the LGBTQ Resource Center, please contact Alma Rosa Silva- Bañuelos, Director, LGBTQ Resource Center at (505) 277-1947 or almarosa@unm.edu.
About the LGBTQ Resource Center:
Established in 2010 as part of a student initiative through the UNM Division for Equity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ Resource Center strives to provide a safe environment for people of all gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientations, sexualities, and other identities. The LGBTQ Resource Center strives to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all members of the University of New Mexico and surrounding community. As a safe zone environment, we stand up against homophobia and value the worth and dignity of all people. Through education, we aim to bring a heightened visibility of the LGBTQ* community on campus and to issues that affect LGBTQ* individuals. Through leadership development, we promote a more civically engaged campus community committed to equality and equal opportunity for all people. In 2014, the center was recognized by BestColleges.com as one of Top 30 Best Colleges in the nation for LGBTQ Students for providing inclusivity and resources to LGBTQ and non-conforming students.

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.

For additional information, please contact:
Alma Rosa Silva- Bañuelos, Director
LGBTQ Resource Center
University of New Mexico
Phone: (505) 277-1947 – Office
(505) 933-6600 - Cell
E-mail: almarosa@unm.edu