Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate

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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UNM Race and Social Justice Graduate Certificate Available to Enrolled and Non-Enrolled UNM Students, Community, Staff, Faculty

Undergraduate Version of the Race and Social Certificate also now available


Student Evaluations of Teaching

American Sociological Association Statement

A formal statement issued by the American Sociological Association (, 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) 


Association and Organizational Statements on Race

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.

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Upcoming Race and Social Justice Events

Africana Studies 36th Annual Black History Month Kickoff Brunch

Africana Studies 36th Annual Black History Month Kickoff Brunch

Sat, Jan 30 2021

Join us this year as we continue our annual Black History Month Kick Off Brunch featuring keynote speaker, Melina Abdullah.For additional info, please ... [Read More]

Institute for the Study of "Race" and Social Justice General Meeting

Tue, Feb 23 2021   Tue, Feb 23 2021 


(National) Geneology Call for Submissions

(National) Geneology Call for Submissions

Mon, Mar 15 2021   Mon, Mar 15 2021 

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

(National) Pacific Sociological Association's 92nd Annual Conference

(National) Pacific Sociological Association's 92nd Annual Conference

Thu, Mar 18 2021   Sun, Mar 21 2021 

2021 Conference: Call for Papers/Sessions Submissions to present at the 2021 conference will open July 15, 2020 and close October 15, 2020, via the P ... [Read More]

(Rescheduled) UNM-Gallup Diversity Summit 2020

(Rescheduled) UNM-Gallup Diversity Summit 2020

Thu, Apr 15 2021   Fri, Apr 16 2021 

(National) 2020 Association of Black Sociologists

(National) 2020 Association of Black Sociologists

Thu, Apr 15 2021   Sat, Apr 17 2021 

Member and Community Safety First Thank you for your patience as we worked to assess the safety of proceeding with our conference as scheduled in ... [Read More]

ASA Annual Meeting Bulletin

ASA Annual Meeting Bulletin

Sat, Aug 07 2021   Tue, Aug 10 2021 

2021 Annual Meeting Theme Each year, ASA’s president chooses a theme on which to focus some of the programming for the ASA Annual Meeting— ... [Read More]