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What happens when faculty and students from different disciplines explore the contours of race and social justice? The "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary Certificate" is designed as an area of specialization for community members and students pursuing a humanities, social sciences, art, or professional degree at UNM

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2020 Census

census_smaller.jpgThe self-response period for the 2020 Census has started and people can now begin to respond to the Census in one of three ways: online, by paper, or by phone.
In an effort to leverage some of the trusted messengers in our communities, Rep. Deb Haaland recorded a special video message to encourage New Mexicans to participate in the census, and in doing so, ensuring billions in federal funding make their way to our communities for the next 10 years.

March 23, 2020: 16.7% of Households Have Responded to the 2020 Census

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

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

(National) US Census 2020

(National) US Census 2020

Wed, Apr 01 2020

Our nation gets just one chance each decade to count its population. The U.S. census counts every resident in the United States. The data collected by ... [Read More]

(Pending) 2020 AAAS Conference

(Pending) 2020 AAAS Conference

Thu, Apr 09 2020

Troubling Politics Wendy Cheng and Jan Padios, Program Co-Chairs   This year’s conference takes seriously its location - Washington, D.C. - ... [Read More]

(Cancelled) NACCS XLVII

(Cancelled) NACCS XLVII

Wed, Apr 15 2020   Sat, Apr 18 2020 

 Deadline to submit a presentation for the 2020 conference is November 1, 2019. The year 1968 has long been heralded as a year of global revoluti ... [Read More]

(Virtual) 2020 Census Block Party

Wed, Apr 15 2020   Wed, Apr 15 2020 

*UNM 2020 CENSUS COMPLETE COUNT COMMITTEE VIRTUAL BLOCK PARTY* MUSIC FREE RAFFLE FOR $50 prize FOR COMMITTING TO CONNECT WITH 5-10 PEOPLE TO FILL OUT ... [Read More]

(Cancelled) American Educational Research Association

(Cancelled) American Educational Research Association

Fri, Apr 17 2020   Sun, Jun 21 2020 

March 23, 2020​Dear AERA Members, 2020 Annual Meeting Participants, and Friends, We are writing to let you know that, in a unanimous resolu ... [Read More]

(Virtual) 8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy

(Virtual) 8th Annual Faculty Women of Color in the Academy

Sat, Apr 18 2020   Sun, Apr 19 2020 

Following guidance from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus disease, the 8th annual Faculty ... [Read More]

(National) Co-Creating Knowledge for Justice

(National) Co-Creating Knowledge for Justice

Wed, Apr 22 2020   Fri, Apr 24 2020 

Co-presented by the University of California Santa Cruz and the Urban Research Based Action Network (URBAN) Proposal submission deadline: January 6th, ... [Read More]

Institute Meeting April 22 2020

Wed, Apr 22 2020

*CANCELLED* INSTITUTE FOR THE STUDY OF “RACE” & SOCIAL JUSTICE* Date & Location: Wednesday 4/22/20, 12-1pm,SSCO 1061, Working Lunch Meetin ... [Read More]

(Cancelled) UNM-Gallup Diversity Summit 2020

(Cancelled) UNM-Gallup Diversity Summit 2020

Thu, Apr 23 2020   Fri, Apr 24 2020 

(Cancelled) Southwest Anthropological Association Annual Conference

(Cancelled) Southwest Anthropological Association Annual Conference

Thu, Apr 23 2020   Sat, Apr 25 2020 

SWAA 91st Annual Conference: Community Culture and Wellbeing Cancelled: 2020 SWAA Conference in Albuquerque  Rescheduled for April 2 ... [Read More]

(Postponed) 2020 Institute for American Indian Education Spring Summit

(Postponed) 2020 Institute for American Indian Education Spring Summit

Fri, Apr 24 2020   Fri, Apr 24 2020 

The IAIE 2020 Spring Summit scheduled for April 24, 2020 has been postponed. Check back for a new date coming in September 2020. ... [Read More]

Job Opening: Census Canvasser

Wed, Apr 29 2020   Fri, Jul 31 2020 

Off Campus Job Posting University of New Mexico Employer: US Census Bureau Job Number: Census19 Job Title: Census Canvasser Post Date: 1/23/202 ... [Read More]

(Postponed) The Inaugural Southwest Conference on Black Studies

(Postponed) The Inaugural Southwest Conference on Black Studies

Wed, Apr 29 2020   Sat, May 02 2020 

In light of the impact of COVID-19 New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham has declared a state public health emergency and all UNM campus events have been ... [Read More]

(Postponed) Critical Race Studies in Education Association 2020 Conference

(Postponed) Critical Race Studies in Education Association 2020 Conference

Wed, May 20 2020   Fri, May 22 2020 

Dear CRSEA community,    We hope this message finds you all well. Like many other organizations and higher educational institutions, Cr ... [Read More]

(Cancelled) NCORE Conference

(Cancelled) NCORE Conference

Tue, May 26 2020   Sat, May 30 2020 

NOTICE ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) March 17, 2020: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NCORE 2020 CANCELLED  Due to the ongoing concerns about Novel Corona ... [Read More]

(National) The Research Institute for Scholars of Equity (RISE)

(National) The Research Institute for Scholars of Equity (RISE)

Thu, May 28 2020   Thu, May 28 2020 

Note from Director Nancy Lopez: RISE Paid Summer Opportunity for UNM Undergrad students interested in Grad School, Critical Race Theory and Education ... [Read More]

(National) 2020 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI)

(National) 2020 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI)

Tue, Jun 02 2020   Sun, Jun 07 2020 

Apply for IQRMI For Early Career Faculty About the Institute: Since 2015, the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) has organized the ... [Read More]

(National) Island Feminisms

(National) Island Feminisms

Sat, Jun 13 2020   Mon, Jun 15 2020 

Island feminist perspectives start with the lived experiences, challenges, and opportunities of islanders, recognizing that these are continuously sha ... [Read More]

(National) 2020 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI)

(National) 2020 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI)

Sun, Jun 21 2020   Fri, Jun 26 2020 

Apply for IQRMI For Advanced Doctoral Students About the Institute: Since 2015, the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity (CRGE) has organiz ... [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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