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Graduate Certificate in Race & Social Justice

Good News, Everyone!

We are pleased to announce that starting Fall 2018 the interdisciplinary graduate certificate in "Race and Social Justice" will be available via two pathways:

  • Currently Enrolled UNM Grad Students
  • Stand Alone Graduate Certificate for students, community members, practitioners who are not currently enrolled graduate students but have earned a BA or higher

As of the fall of 2018, we are currently working on an undergraduate option. Stay tuned for details!

Please email Shoshana Handel ( Grad. Staff Coordinator or Dr. Nancy Lopez ( if you have questions about the application.

About the Certificate

This 15-credit transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate" is designed as an area of specialization for students pursuing a master's degree or a doctorate in disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, fine arts, or the professional schools at the University of New Mexico; and students, community members, and practitioners who are not currently enrolled graduate students but have earned a BA or higher

The monumental benefits of cross-disciplinary dialogues, reflection and collective insights are facilitated when faculty and students from different disciplines converge to explore the contours of race and social justice in the U.S and global context.

Application for the Study of "Race" & Social Justice Certificate

Please download this supplemental document and submit here. Read the Frequently Asked Questions or the detailed instructions. (Updated October 2018)

**Note to all applicants: Please apply before you complete half of the course requirements. No more than 50% of coursework can be applied to the certificate before admission.

Who can apply?

Student Group

The 15-credit transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate" is open to all current graduate students already matriculated in a graduate degree-granting program (e.g. master's or doctoral program) at the University of New Mexico, regardless of field of study, and student, community members, and practitioners who are not currently enrolled graduate students but who have earned a BA or higher.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

In partnership with the Diversity Council, the Institute for the Study of “Race” & Social Justice Advisory Board at the University of New Mexico developed a graduate certificate that offers graduate and professional students across schools, colleges and departments the opportunity to have a transcripted specialization in "Race and Social Justice." Envisioned as an interdisciplinary experience, the graduate certificate in race and social justice contributes to UNM's portfolio of innovative engaged scholarship, teaching and service.

Broad Learning Goals

  1. Students will understand and identify the historical, political, social, psychological, cultural, and/or economic dimensions of race, racialization, difference and power, integrating these into an interdisciplinary perspective.
  2. Students will be able to critically read/write about, discuss, and engage in scholarly inquiry related to race and social justice.
  3. Students will acquire a basic level of knowledge about U.S. and/or local, global race and social justice movements.
  4. Students will be aware of community-engaged research and teaching opportunities as well as career and post-graduate opportunities their certificate makes possible.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will recognize, assess and apply the major theoretical frameworks for understanding racial inequality and equity across a variety of social outcomes, including health, housing, education, early childhood, employment and criminal justice, the arts and other arenas
  2. Students will learn to recognize the macro (global, national, municipal/local), meso (institutional) and micro (experiential/individual) dimensions of the social construction of race and racialization processes in a given sociohistorical context.
  3. Students will learn how to understand the national and international processes and issues to identify and describe at least two dimensions of race as a social construction (e.g., historical, political, social, cultural, economic) and identify solutions to contemporary racial inequalities.
  4. Students will integrate knowledge and scholarly approaches across disciplines, apply an interdisciplinary approach, and account for the international context of race and social justice as they prepare for comprehensive exams, dissertations and masters theses in their respective disciplines.
  5. Students will develop critical thinking about the social construction of race and its intersections with other social/structural inequalities, such as class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, citizenship, disability, religion, etc.
  6. Students will enhance their research, writing and public speaking skills as they will present and discuss their research on race and social justice in compelling, coherent, clear analytical arguments.
  7. Students will complete their coursework with a minimum grade of B.
  8. Students will develop the ability to engage in deep self-reflection and develop competency for dialogues on race and social justice and/or communication skills.
  9. Students will find and evaluate career and post-graduate opportunities available to students who have a transcripted graduate certificates in race and social justice.

Approved Graduate Certificate Courses

Dept. and Course #TitleInstructor
AMST 550Topics in Race, Class & EthnicityCynthia Young
AMST 556Critical Indigenous StudiesJennifer Denetdale
ANTH 530The Politics of RecognitionDavid Dinwoodie
ARTE 577Social Justice Issues in Art EducationLaurel Lampela
CJ 506Critical/Cultural StudiesSusana Martinez Guillem
CJ 518Culture, Places and SpacesSusana Martinez Guillem
CRP 503Community Based PracticeClaudia Isaac
CRP 531Foundations of Community DevelopmentJennifer Tucker
CRP 535Community Economics for PlannersClaudia Isaac
CRP 574The Cultural Aspects of PlanningJennifer Tucker
EDUC 552Social Justice in EducationLeila Flores-Dueñas
EDUC 652Teacher Education & Social JusticeShiv Desai
HIST 650Refugees, Exiles, and AsylumKimberly Gauderman
LAW 593Race and the LawChristine Zuni Cruz
LLSS 510Paulo FreireRicky Allen
LLSS 524Critical Race TheoryRicky Allen
LLSS 529Race, Ethnicity, and EducationRicky Allen
LLSS 530Whiteness StudiesRicky Allen
LLSS 588Feminist Epistemologies & PedagogiesRuth Trinidad Galvan
PH 556Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Indigenous & Critical MethodologiesMultiple
PSYC 636Diversity & Multicultural Perspectives in Clinical PsychologyKamilla Venner
SOC 430*Intersectionality: Race, Gender Class for Social PolicyNancy Lopez
SOC 520Racial and Ethnic RelationsNancy Lopez
SOC 528Sociology of Mexican AmericansPhillip Gonzalez
SPAN 536Colonial LiteraturesKathryn McKnight
WMST 512Feminist Research MethodologiesAdriana Ramirez de Arellano

* An undergraduate course available for graduate student credit

If you would like a course that is not listed to be pre-approved, please contact Dr. Nancy López at 

Currently, only students who are active in a degree-seeking graduate program are eligible.  Remember, when planning your schedule, that out of the 5 classes (15 total credits) you need to complete the certificate, only two courses (or 6 credits) can come from the same department.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Shoshana Handel at

If you have any questions please contact Dr. Nancy López, Faculty Advisor, Institute for the Study of “Race” & Social Justice, Email: