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Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference

May 30-June 1, 2018
UNM Main Campus Student Union Building (SUB) Albuquerque, NM

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association is a collective of scholar activists committed to the larger project of racial justice in schools within the P-20 spectrum.​ Join us! Let Andrea Abeita, Kiran Katira, Ricky Allen or Nancy López know if you can co-sponsor/help with the planning. In preparation for the conference we will not be holding our regular monthly race and pedagogy working lunches this spring, but let us know if you want to join the CRSEA planning committee so we can send you meeting invites. We hope to resume our working lunches in the Fall. If anyone wants to work on a proposal to fund these, please let us know as we have no operational funds for Institute activities but we welcome partnerships and we are grateful to the Division of Equity and Inclusion, the Center for Teaching Excellence and so many others for providing support for our meetings.

Call for Proposals -- Registration coming soon
CRSEA Theme and Call for Papers


Africana Studies UNM Spring 2018 Lecture Series

The Africana Studies Program, in partnership with the LLSS Graduate Student Association and the COE Graduate Leadership Association at the University of New Mexico, are proud to host Professor of African American Studies and Education Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and well-regarded CRT scholar, David Omotoso Stovall to speak on the topic:
Wednesday February 21, 2018
5:00pm — 6:00pm
SUB Ballroom B, UNM Main Campus
Dr. Stovall seeks to engage one of the original visions of Black Studies departments in relationship to authentic community engagement.  As many Black Studies departments envisioned themselves as sites of affirmation and critical inquiry, one of the most critical components of this movement is centered in community change.  Returning to this idea, this discussion seeks to present critical questions beyond the singular project of academic inquiry, challenging current and emerging Black Studies programs to continue to operate as reflections of the communities they were intended to support.



And, in recognition of Women’s History Month, we are honored to have American Prison Activist and Former Chairman of the Black Panther Party, Elaine Brown, present on the topic: “Educate to Liberate” (March 20, SUB Ballroom B, from 4:45pm-6:00pm).

Aaron Dixon culminates our Spring Series with, ”Journey Through the Black Underground,” (April 3, History Commons Room, from 11-1pm). 

Lalo AlcarazPolitical Cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz

Thursday, March 1, 5:30pm
Woodward Hall
Presented by UNM Art Museum & 516 ARTS
At Woodward Hall, University of New Mexico

Lalo Alcaraz is one of the most prolific Chicano artists in the nation. His politically charged political satire is unapologetically engaged. He is the creator of the first nationally syndicated, politically themed Latino daily comic strip, La Cucaracha, which is distributed by the Universal Press Syndicate. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, Variety, Rolling Stone and Los Angeles Magazine, among many others.

This event is part of The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, an exhibition at 516 ARTS and the Albuquerque Museum with citywide public programs.
The UNM Art Museum is located within the Center for the Arts complex off Redondo Drive near the UNM Bookstore. From I-25 North or South, exit Central Avenue and travel east for approximately 1 mile. Parking is available at the Parking Garage, east of the Center for the Arts at Redondo Drive and Stanford.

The US Mexico BorderFor more information visit www.unmartmuseum.org or call 505.277.4001

The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility

  • January 19 - April 13, 2018
  • 516 ARTS and the Albuquerque Museum

A two-part exhibition with citywide public programs including, satellite exhibits, speakers, public forums, films, poetry, music and workshops. See the flyer

Afro-Latino Talks

Afri-Latino Talks

  • Book Signing: Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm
  • Bookworks, 4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Laura E. Gómez is Professor of Law, Sociology and Chicana/o Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is the author of Misconceiving Mothers: Legislators, Prosecutors and the Politics of Prenatal Drug Exposure and the editor of Mapping "Race" Critical Approaches to Health Disparities Research (with Nancy López). See the website: http://www.bkwrks.com/laura-gomez

UNM Department of Art Gale Memorial Lecture Series 2017-18

Decolonizing Methodologies in Arts

Various dates -- see flyer


NM Statewide Race, Gender Class Data Policy Consortium

The next Consortium meeting will be:

  • Wed. 3/21/18, 12-1
  • SSCO 1061

Topic TBA. Suggestions Welcome! Email: nlopez@unm.edu

Fellowship/Training Opportunities

Health Policy Doctoral Fellowship Program

When: Mon, Feb 19 2018 12:00am

The University of New Mexico will award up to four Health Policy Doctoral Fellowships for students in the social sciences depending upon the availability of funding. The Health Policy Doctoral Fellowship is a doctoral fellowship program for Ph.D. students with educational and research interests that involve health disparities and health policy analysis and research. The University New Mexico seeks to increase the participation of the nation’s underrepresented groups (e.g., Hispanic, Native American, African American, etc.) in the development, implementation, and analysis of health policy. At the core of the University’s mission is the education of a new generation of leaders in health and health policy research, leaders whose backgrounds represent the full diversity of the U.S. population. Fellows are eligible to receive up to four years of funding support depending on funding availability, with funding including: a $5,000 scholarship awarded annually to support time required to attend fellowship training and $500.00 in travel support. These funds are intended to compliment research assistantships provided to fellows by their academic departments. Fellows will also have access to statistical and writing support staff, office space, and integration into a unique curriculum focused on health policy and racial equity with existing graduate fellows housed at the Center.

Research Institute for Scholars of Equity

Conducting Mixed Methods Research to Improve Academic Outcomes Among Pre-K-20 African American and Latino/a Children, Youth and Young Adults

Do you know any students who would do well in a research program and who have interest in continuing their education in a graduate program? It's time to start recruiting for the second cohort of RISE Fellows! Please share the attached flyer with promising prospective students.

"Race & Social Justice" Graduate Certificate Applications Available Now

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.
See the certificate webpage. The application is now available at http://grad.unm.edu/prospective-students/apply-now.html

Pilot Research Projects in Health Disparities

Funding for pilots for Junior/Early Career Faculty & Post Docs TREE Center Request for Applications (RFA)

The Transdisciplinary Research, Equity and Engagement Center (TREE Center) for Advancing Behavioral Health is committed to supporting research that will reduce health disparities and increase health equity in New Mexico. The purpose of this RFA is to:

  1. Support strong pilot projects that foster transdisciplinary, community-engaged, multi-level intervention research that addresses behavioral health disparities in New Mexico; and
  2. Increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM) and non-URM post-doctoral students, junior faculty, and early stage investigators with the critical consciousness, cultural competence, and other relevant skills to conduct behavioral health disparities research the New Mexico’s underserved populations.
  • Application Deadline: March 30, 2018, 5:00 pm
  • Notice of Intent to Fund/Decline: April 20, 2018
  • IRB Submission Deadline: May 4, 2018
  • IRB Approval Deadline: June 15, 2018

Funding Period: July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019

Please contact or Dr. Matthew Borrego at 272-5945 or mborrego@salud.unm.edu or Dr. Theresa Cruz, at 272-8379 thcruz@salud.unm.edu for specific questions or additional information.

2018 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute

  • June 3-8, 2018
  • University of Maryland College Park

IQRMI 2018 Applications Open!

Applications are now open for University of Maryland's Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicityn (CRGE)'s 2018 Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute! The Institute will take place from June 3rd-8th, 2018, at the University of Maryland, College Park. Since 2015, the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) has organized the week-long Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI). Few training institutes in the country focus on qualitative research methods and, currently, none incorporate discussions regarding the intersections of race, gender, class, ethnicity, and other dimensions of inequality. For more information, click here. More info visit: go.umd.edu/iqrmi

Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute flyer

2018 Community Based Participatory Research Institute (CBPR)


  • June 4th 1-6 pm; June 5th – 8th: 8:30am-5 pm
  • University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 2018

Theme: Indigenous and Critical Methodologies

For graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, faculty, community partners, academic-community teams, and others. This will be an intensive co-learning institute to explore how CBPR intersects with indigenous and critical methodologies, including the challenges for academics and community members to co-construct knowledge for improved community health. Students enrolled for 2 credits are expected to participate in readings, discussions, and journal-writing; for 3 credits, requirements include a CBPR paper based on one's own research project. Enrollment is limited to 45 participants. For credit, UNM tuition (or tuition waivers) plus $40.00 fees. If not enrolled for credit: $900 for faculty or researchers; and $300 for community members or non-credit students. See the flier More Info: Contact Gayle Garcia: GarciaG@salud.unm.edu

Trans-American Studies: Social Justice, Identity and Public Policy


Call for proposals

Following the groundbreaking interdisciplinary academic initiatives of the Latin American Network (LATNET), founded by series co-editor Juan de Dios Pineda, this series uniquely addresses both Latino/a Studies and Latin American Studies, exploring these disciplines in their regional contexts in crosspollination for the first time.


Clark University Conference on Du Bois and King

  • February 22-23, 2018
  • Atlanta, Georgia

A Symposium Examining Race and Economic Inequality on the 150th Anniversary of the Birth of W.E.B. Du Bois and the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Download the flyer or read more

50 Years of the Indian Civil Rights Act

Protection and Denial of the Civil Rights of Native Americans

Assoc. for Asian American Studies annual meeting

  • March 29-31, 2018
  • San Francisco, California

Solidarity and Resistance: Toward Asian American Commitment to Fierce Alliances

The Assoc. for Asian American Studies annual meeting will attract Asian Americanists from all disciplines and different regions of the country. The annual meeting will highlight current scholarly research and developments within the field and bring together experts and professionals with an interest in the field. Make plans to join us in San Francisco and be part of the 2018 Annual Meeting!

SSS Annual Meeting - Southern Sociological Society (SSS)

  • April 4 - April 7, 2018
  • New Orleans, LA

"Racial Theory, Analysis, and Politics in Trump America"

2017 Latinx Racial Equity Leadership Retreat


The Latinx Racial Equity Leadership Retreat is a convening of Latinx racial equity leaders committed to developing their knowledge, will, skill and capacity for equity transformation at the personal, professional and organizational levels. Latinx leaders from education, community-based organizations, and municipal government are welcome to join this affinity development.

Beyond Diversity

  • Latinx Racial Identity Institute: Connecting, Healing and Leading with Critical Hope
  • Latinx Racial Identity Institute II:  Finding and Standing in your Purpose as a Latinx Leader for Racial Equity

Friday, April 21st, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration Fee: $495 (Includes registration, meals and materials)

Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Latina/o Studies Association

  • July 11-15, 2018
  • Washington, DC

The 2017 Latinx Racial Equity Leadership is a convening of Latinx racial equity leaders committed to developing their knowledge, will, skill and capacity for equity transformation. Read mor

2018 Annual Meeting American Sociological Association

  • August 11-14, 2018
  • Philadelphia

2018 Annual Meeting

Association of Black Sociologists Annual Conference

Join Us for the 46th Annual Conference: Black Sociology Matters! 2018 Annual Conference: The New Black Sociologists

  • August 9-11, 2018
  • Sonesta Hotel | 1800 Market Street Philadelphia, PA

Since the 1974 publication of The Black Sociologist (edited by James Blackwell and Morris Janowitz) social scientists have time and again demonstrated the persistence of enduring patterns of racial segregation at the residential, political and even regional level and across Higher Education in particular. Where the 1974 book offered an unassessed hope about the numbers of Black sociologists that would follow its release, in the contemporary context Black sociology and sociologists by proxy continue to occupy a precarious status within and outside of the academy and discipline. Thus the goal of the conference is to bring together a diverse range of scholars, scholarship, critical race theories and perspectives to assess, confess and trouble the enduring patterns of isolation and intellectual segregation under which Black sociology and sociologists are being produced. Papers and panels selected under the theme The New Black Sociologists will also focus on the contemporary moment with especial attention and analysis rooted in the recent rise of the #BlackLivesMatter and the movement for Black Lives, Assata’s Daughters, the Black Youth Project and myriad racial and social justice activisms in the Obama Age. How are Black sociologists minding the scholar-activist tradition?  What are the new stakes for Black sociology in the Obama and Trump age?  Proposals and papers considering  theoretical issues while also recognizing and evaluating major conceptual and intellectual contributions Black sociologists have made in a range of areas from religion, to class, to feminist studies, and urban research (among many other areas) are welcomed.

Race Forward Announces 2018 Facing Race Conference In Detroit

  • November 8-10, 2018
  • Detroit, Michigan

Theme: Race and Emotions

2020 Census

View Recorded Sessions: State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity

State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity

Earlier this month, CRGE held a symposium titled the State of Hispanic Race and Ethnicity: Census 2020 Changes and Implications for Addressing Social Inequality. The event convened a distinguished group of thought leaders, scholars, researchers, practitioners, and policy makers whose collective expertise contributed to the national conversation on implications of proposed 2020 Census changes to the race/ethnicity question.

Over one hundred people attended and engaged in this intellectual and politically challenging conversation.  If you were not able to attend and would like to view a recording of the sessions, please visit this page on the CRGE website. You can also read about the conference in the following GRADTERP article. Pictures can be viewed on the CRGE Facebook page.  

A special thanks to our event co-sponsors: College of the Arts and Humanities-DRIF award, Center for Global Migration Studies, Critical Race Initiative, Department of Sociology, Department of Women’s Studies, The Graduate School’s Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, Latin American Studies Center; Maryland Population Research Center; Office of Community Engagement; and US Latina/o Studies Program.


American College of Physicians Position Statement on Recognizing Hate Crimes as a Public Health Issue

***Resources For Ethnic Studies: San Francisco Unified School District***


In SFUSD, Ethnic Studies is rooted in the long-standing tradition and hard work of Bay Area educators to develop and teach a more robust historical narrative. Read more.

Ethnic Studies


In SFUSD, Ethnic Studies is rooted in the long-standing tradition and hard work of Bay Area educators to develop and teach a more robust historical narrative that centers on the perspectives of historically marginalized communities. The Ethnic Studies course is designed to give high school students an introduction to the experiences of ethnic communities that are rarely represented in textbooks. It is also a compelling way to examine race, ethnicity, nationality, and culture in the United States. The course equips students with a critical lens to see the world and their place in it by understanding systems and power at the root of American society and has as a goal to motivate students to actively engage in our democracy. Through the Ethnic Studies course, students are supported to discover and use their own power for the benefit of not only themselves, but also that of their community and society at large.

Click the links to access the Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions for each unit.

Ethnic Studies Suggested Readings

  • Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Paulo Freire
  • The Revolt of the Cockroach People. Oscar Zeta Acosta
  • Between the World and Me. Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Michelle Alexander
  • Parable of the Sower. Octavia E. Butler
  • A Young People's History of the United States, Volume 1: Columbus to the Spanish-American War. Howard Zinn
  • A Young People's History of the United States, Volume 2: Class Struggle to the War on Terror. Howard Zinn
  • A Different Mirror for Young People: A History of Multicultural America. Ronald Takaki

Latest Resources

Keys to a Successful Dialogue

Dr. Shiv Desai, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy, Institute Advisory Board

It is important for participants enrolled in this course to understand the following: In order to explore and engage the various topics explored through this course, it is important to collectively create a safe and supportive environment, one that is amicable yet critical (of ideas that surface in the readings as well as those that surface through discussion). Instead of defending or attacking a belief system, participants should do the following:

  1. Stop and critically reflect on their points of disagreement
  2. Consider her/his own position
  3. Seek to understand the perspective of colleagues
  4. Pursue empathizing with colleagues
  5. Validate it as honest
  6. Ask questions to better understand
  7. Accept the differences in ideologies and stances
  8. While remaining open to learning from other perspectives (even if it is not this time but maybe next)



We need your help. Currently the Institute is working toward finding ways to fund interdisciplinary courses and programming on race and social justice. We are an all volunteer labor of love and we have no operating funds. Please consider donating to the Institute for the Study of “Race” and Social Justice via our the UNM Foundation Fund.

Also, please email other suggested readings, guidelines for dialogue & videos on race and pedagogy to: race@unm.edu


  • Hooks, B. 2014. Teaching to Transgress. Routledge.


  • Freire, P. 2000. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  • Leonardo, Zeus and Ronald K. Porter. 2010. "Pedagogy of fear: Toward a Fanonian theory of ‘safety’ in race dialogue." Race Ethnicity and Education, 13(2): 139-157.


  • Sue, D. W., Rivera, D. P., Watkins, N. L., Kim, R. H., Kim, S., & Williams, C. D. 2011. Racial dialogues: challenges faculty of color face in the classroom. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(3), 331.
  • Sue, D. W., Rivera, D. P., Capodilupo, C. M., Lin, A. I., & Torino, G. C. 2010. Racial dialogues and White trainee fears: Implications for education and training. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16(2), 206.
  • Sue, D.W, Torino, G. C., Capodilupo, C. M., Rivera, D. P., & Lin, A. I. 2009. How White faculty perceive and react to difficult dialogues on race: Implications for education and training. The Counseling Psychologist, 37(8), 1090-1115.
  • Venner, K. L., & Verney, S. P. 2015. Motivational interviewing: Reduce student reluctance and increase engagement in learning multicultural concepts. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 46(2), 116.


  • Jason, Kendra and Sarah Nell Epplen. 2016. “Interrogating Ourselves in a Racialized World: Using Personal Experience to Improve Students’ Understanding of Racism.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 2(4): 584-590.
  • Bailey, Amy Kate. Jason Leiker, Andrew Gutierrez, Eric C. Larson, and Serena Mitchell. 2015. “Memorializing Lynch Victims: Countering Colorblind Ideologies with Experiential Learning.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1 (3): 454-459.
  • Strmic-Pawl, Hephzibah. 2015. “More Than a Knapsack: The White Supremacy Flower as a New Model for Teaching Racism.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1(1:192-197).
  • Valiente-Neighbours, Jimiliz. 2015. Beyond “Post-Race Paralysis”: Creating Critical Dialogue on Race in the Obama Era. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, 1(2): 331-335.


  • Weber, Lynn 1990. Fostering positive race, class, and gender dynamics in the classroom. Women's Studies Quarterly, 18(1/2), 126-134.


Many of these videos are available for free on-line on YouTube.com:

    • Episode One: The Difference Between Us
    • Episode Two: The Story We Tell
    • Episode Three: The House We Live In
  • BAMBOOZLED (2000)
  • THE COLOR OF FEAR (1994)

Critical Race Studies in Education Association Conference

crsea logoMay 30-June 1, 2018
UNM Main Campus Student Union Building (SUB) Albuquerque, NM

The Critical Race Studies in Education Association is a collective of scholar activists committed to the larger project of racial justice in schools within the P-20 spectrum. Join us!

Call for Proposals -- Registration coming soon


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

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

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