Graduate Certificate in Race & Social Justice

This 15-credit transcripted interdisciplinary "Race & Social Justice" 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.

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.

Who can apply?

The 15-credit transcripted interdisciplinary "Race & Social Justice” 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. We are working on making this opportunity available to non-matriculated students as well as some on-line course options.


Conceived as an interdisciplinary experience a total of 15-credits of graduate level courses will be required. A total of five courses across four different disciplines.

The application is now available

Approved Graduate Certificate Courses

Dept. and Course # Title Instructor
AMST 550 Topics in Race, Class & Ethnicity Cynthia  Young
ANTH 530 The Politics of Recognition David Dinwoodie
ARTE 577 Social Justice Issues in Art Education Laurel Lampela
CJ 506 Critical/Cultural Studies Susana Martinez  Guillem
CRP 503 Community Based Practice Claudia  Isaac
CRP 531 Foundations of Community Development Jennifer Tucker
CRP 535 Community Economics for Planners Claudia  Isaac
EDUC 652 Teacher Education & Social Justice Shiv Desai
HIST 650 Refugees, Exiles, and Asylum Kimberly Gauderman
LAW 593 Race and the Law Christine Zuni Cruz
LLSS 524 Critical Race Theory Ricky Allen
LLSS 530 Whiteness Studies Ricky Allen
LLSS 588 Feminist Epistemologies & Pedagogies Ruth Trinidad  Galvan
LLSS 593 Race, Ethnicity, and Education Ricky Allen
PH 556 Community Based Participatory Research  for Health:  Indigenous & Multiple
PSYC 636 Diversity & Multicultural Perspectives in Clinical Psychology Kamilla  Venner
SOC 430* Intersectionality: Race, Gender Class for Social Policy Nancy López
SOC 520 Racial and Ethnic Relations Nancy López
SOC 528 Sociology of Mexican  Americans Gonzalez
SPAN 536 Colonial Literatures Kathryn  McKnight
*an undergraduate course available for graduate student credit


If you would like a course that is not listed to be pre-approved, please contact Ricky Lee Allen at  Remember, when planning your schedule, that out of the 5 classes (15 credits), only two courses (6 credits) can come from the same department.

If you have questions about the application process, contact Shoshana Handel. Currently, only students who are active in a degree-seeking graduate program are eligible.


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.

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

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

Please download this supplemental document and submit here. See the detailed instructions.

Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice

MSC 05 3080
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-3101