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Student Evaluations of Teaching

American Sociological Association Statement

A formal statement issued by the American Sociological Association (www.asanet.org/studentevaluations), and endorsed by 17 other scholarly associations, describes the current use of student evaluations of teaching as “problematic” and identifies ways to use student feedback appropriately as one part of holistic assessment of teaching effectiveness in institutions of higher education.

Articles about Student Evaluations

Rice University reviewed the literature about the bias in student evaluations of teaching, organized according to common areas of interest:Student Ratings of Instructors: a Literature Review(2015) and Research on Student Ratings Continues to Evolve. We Should, Too. (2018) 

Call for submissions

Special Geneology Issue "What’s Your “Street Race?” Cartographies and Ontologies of “Race” and the Future of Knowledge Production on Inequality, Resistance and Social Justice" Deadline: March 15, 2020

Intersession Class Available!

Great new class available: Sociology 430* Intersectionality, Race, Gender, Class for Social Policy

This very relevant class will be offered as a one week only intensive course from December 16-20, 2019.

About graduate certificate courses

Many of you have had questions about which courses can be counted toward certificate work. A list of currently approved courses is available on the Certificate page. We wanted to clarify that it is not exhaustive; these are just some examples of courses that can be put toward certificate requirements. If you are teaching or enrolled (or want to enroll) in a course you believe would satisfy these requirements, please contact Dr. Nancy López (nlopez@unm.edu). Read about the graduate certificate here.

Undergraduate Race and Social Justice Certificate is Pending Approval

We will soon have our undergraduate certificate open to all! We are currently gathering the necessary paperwork, course lists, and other information we need to get this started, but stay tuned for more information on this exciting development.

Form C 2402 to create the 12-credit undergraduate race and social justice certificate (4 classes/3 different departments) was approved by the Provost Office and it may appear on the agenda for the next UNM Faculty Faculty Senate Meeting on Tues. 10/22@3-5pm, Scholes Hall Rm 204 (Roberts Rm). The final agenda for the faculty senate meeting is posted two days before the meeting at: https://facgov.unm.edu/senate

News from the community

News that impacts our communities at UNM, in Albuquerque, and around New Mexico now has its own home on the Institute website. Contact us if you would like to see something featured; bilingual and non-English suggestions are always welcome.

New Resource: Association and Organizational Statements on Race

May 2019 - The Institute is curating statements from scholarly, community-oriented, and human rights-focused organizations on race and racial discrimination in our world. Take a look here and contact us if you have any suggestions to add. Non-English suggestions are always welcomed.

Other resources:


UNM Named Recipient of the Lumina Racial Justice and Equity Grant

June 12, 2019 - The University of New Mexico is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $50,000 grant from Lumina Foundation’s Fund for Racial Justice and Equity, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, to enhance the general education curriculum with teaching and learning around race and social justice. From a pool of 312 nation-wide applicants, UNM was...(read more)

UPDATE: Yazzie/Martinez v. el Estado de Nuevo México (en Español / in English)

20 noviembre 2018 - ¿Qué ha sucedido? Las familias y los distritos escolares, representados por New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty, y también Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, demandaron al Departamento de Educación Pública de Nuevo México (PED, por sus siglas en inglés) y la legislatura estatal por no proporcionar un sistema de educación suficiente y uniforme a todos los estudiantes de Nuevo México lo que es garantizado por la cláusula de educación de la Constitución del Estado de Nuevo México...

El estado tiene hasta el 15 de abril de 2019 para tomar medidas inmediatas para garantizar que las escuelas de Nuevo México tengan los recursos necesarios, incluida la financiación suficiente para proporcionar a todos los estudiantes una educación uniforme y suficiente que los prepare para la universidad y sus carreras.

¿Qué pueden hacer como estudiante o familiar? Comparta este enlace con sus compañeros, familiares y amigos.

Pueden leer más sobre el impacto en Español.

Read about the impact of the Yazzie/Martínez v. State of New Mexico decision in English.


Upcoming Race and Social Justice Events

(Local) Imagining America

Fri, Oct 18 2019   Sun, Oct 20 2019 

The Imagining America National Gathering is an annual gathering of public scholars, artists, students, designers, and cultural organizers who are addr ... [Read More]

Conversation with Mari Castañeda: Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities

Conversation with Mari Castañeda: Civic Engagement in Diverse Latinx Communities

Fri, Oct 18 2019

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN DIVERSE LATINX COMMUNITIES: Learning from Social Justice Partnerships in Action Mari CastañedaUniversity of Massachusettes Am ... [Read More]

What's Your Street Race? Video Installation in conjunction with Imagining America Conference

Fri, Oct 18 2019   Fri, Oct 18 2019 

A Video Art Installation on How Lived Experiences and Relationships of Power Shape One's Reality of Identity This video installation exhibition took p ... [Read More]

Mentoring Institute 2019

Mentoring Institute 2019

Mon, Oct 21 2019   Sat, May 25 2019 

(National) International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference

(National) International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference

Wed, Oct 23 2019   Fri, Oct 25 2019 

International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement Conference serves as a gathering place for networking and associat ... [Read More]

IARSLCE Conference

Wed, Oct 23 2019   Fri, Oct 25 2019 

The annual IARSLCE conference is a scholarly venue to disseminate new knowledge on service-learning and community engagement. The focus of presentatio ... [Read More]

Black and Brown Unity: Uncovering & Celebrating Hidden Histories And Future Potentials

Black and Brown Unity: Uncovering & Celebrating Hidden Histories And Future Potentials

Wed, Oct 23 2019

Africana Studies 50th Anniversary Cortez Williams Lecture Series In partnership with: Chicana/Chicano Studies | American Studies | Peace and Justice S ... [Read More]

BC Diversity Challenge

Fri, Oct 25 2019   Sat, Oct 26 2019 

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE The Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College invites you to join us for the Institute's 18th a ... [Read More]

Beyond Borders: Latina/o Studies in Times of Crisis

Beyond Borders: Latina/o Studies in Times of Crisis

Fri, Nov 01 2019   Sat, Jul 18 2020 

Latina/o Studies Association Members: Have you submitted your panel or paper proposals for the 4th biennial LSA conference? If not, now is the time! T ... [Read More]

2019 American Studies Association Annual Meeting

2019 American Studies Association Annual Meeting

Thu, Nov 07 2019   Sun, Nov 10 2019 

The American Studies Association annual meeting is a place for scholars, teachers, students, activists, and artists to share interdisciplinary researc ... [Read More]

(National) 2019 Independent Charter School Symposium

(National) 2019 Independent Charter School Symposium

Sun, Nov 17 2019   Tue, Nov 19 2019 

Join us at the 2019 Independent Charter School Symposium from November 17-19, 2019 at the Hotel Albuquerque as we articulate a collective vision for t ... [Read More]

Institute for the study of Race and Social Justice meeting: November 20, 2019

Wed, Nov 20 2019   Wed, Nov 20 2019 

Please send suggestions for agenda topics as well as upcoming events to nlopez@unm.edu. Lunch available at @11:45am See other opportunities for fellow ... [Read More]

UNM Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

UNM Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF)

Tue, Dec 03 2019   Tue, Dec 03 2019 

The UNM Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) is a two-year research program providing financial, academic and professional support for undergra ... [Read More]

Afro-Latin American Research Institute

Wed, Dec 11 2019   Fri, Dec 13 2019 

The field of Afro-Latin American Studies as defined in Afro-Latin America: An Introduction is understood as “the study of people of African ance ... [Read More]

UNM Africana Studies 35th annual Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch

Sat, Jan 25 2020   Sat, Jan 25 2020 

In recognition of our 50th/Golden Anniversary, the Africana Studies Program is pleased to announce our 35th annual Black History Month Kick-Off B ... [Read More]

(National) Sociologists for Women in Society

(National) Sociologists for Women in Society

Thu, Jan 30 2020   Sun, Feb 02 2020 

Feminist Futures in the Global South: Research, Activism and Creativity President-Elect, Josephine Beoku-Betts The thematic vision for the 2020 SWS Wi ... [Read More]

New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth

New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth

Sat, Mar 07 2020

Join students from across New Mexico in discussing and addressing the social issues identified by NM youth. What is a high school diversity conference ... [Read More]

CRS Symposium 2020

CRS Symposium 2020

Thu, Mar 12 2020   Fri, Mar 13 2020 

Gerald P. López published Rebellious Lawyering: One Chicano’s Vision of Progressive Law Practice in 1992, and for three decades the book ha ... [Read More]

Geneology Call for Submissions

Geneology Call for Submissions

Thu, Mar 12 2020   Thu, Mar 12 2020 

Call for Submissions Special Issue "What’s Your “Street Race?” Cartographies and Ontologies of “Race” and the Future of ... [Read More]

Who We Are

  • Director: Dr. Nancy López nlopez@unm.edu
  • Info about the Certificate: Dr. Nancy López  nlopez@unm.edu
  • Staff contact for the Certificate: TBD

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