Graduate Certificate in Race & Social Justice
Undergraduate Race and Social Justice Certificate
Available starting in Fall 2020, the Undergraduate Race & Social Justice is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. We are grateful to Dr. Scarlett Higgins, Director and Farah Nousheen, Academic Advisor who will provide administrative support. To make the most of this certificate, we advise all interested students to meet with Farah Nousheen and/or Dr. Nancy López, the faculty advisor. Additionally, you are required to meet at least one time with Farah for administrative purposes. Please use LoboAchieve.unm.edu to schedule an appointment with Farah.
The certificate requires 12 credits from the RSJ Approved Courses list below. Six credits must be 300-level or above. All courses must receive a grade of B or above. Students may be petition courses to count if not on the RSJ Courses List.
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About graduate certificate courses
We are pleased to announce that the interdisciplinary certificate in "Race and Social Justice" is available via two pathways:
- Currently Enrolled UNM Students
- Stand Alone Certificate for students, community members, practitioners who are not currently enrolled students but have earned a BA or higher
Advisement sheet (.docx)
About the Certificate
This 15-credit transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary 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 CertificatePlease 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 for the certificate. No more than 50% of coursework can be applied to the certificate before admission.
Who can apply?
The 15-credit transcripted "Race & Social Justice Interdisciplinary 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.
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
- 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.
- Students will be able to critically read/write about, discuss, and engage in scholarly inquiry related to race and social justice.
- Students will acquire a basic level of knowledge about U.S. and/or local, global race and social justice movements.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students will complete their coursework with a minimum grade of B.
- 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.
- Students will find and evaluate career and post-graduate opportunities available to students who have a transcripted graduate certificates in race and social justice.
Examples of Approved Certificate Courses
Which courses can be counted toward certificate work? See the list of currently approved courses below. However, this list is not exhaustive; these are just some examples of courses that can be put toward certificate requirements.
If you are teaching or enrolled (or want to enroll) in a course you believe would satisfy these requirements, please contact Dr. Nancy López ( firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Dept. and Course #||Title||Instructor|
|AMST 530||Social Justice & Academia|
|AMST 550||Topics in Race, Class & Ethnicity||Cynthia Young|
|AMST 556||Critical Indigenous Studies||Jennifer Denetdale|
|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|
|CJ 518||Culture, Places and Spaces||Susana Martinez Guillem|
|CCS 670||Culture and Communication||Patricia Covarrubias|
|CRP 503||Community Based Practice||Claudia Isaac|
|CRP 531||Foundations of Community Development||Jennifer Tucker|
|CRP 535||Community Economics for Planners||Claudia Isaac|
|CRP 570||Policing the City: From Albuquerque to Rio de Janeiro||Jennifer Tucker|
|CRP 574||The Cultural Aspects of Planning||Jennifer Tucker|
|EDUC 552||Social Justice in Education||Leila Flores-Dueñas|
|EDUC 553||Testimonio||Dr. Mia Sosa Provencio|
|EDUC 652||Teacher Education & Social Justice||Shiv Desai|
|ENGL 660||The Poetics & History of Race and Migration||Bernadine Hernández|
|HIST 650||Refugees, Exiles, and Asylum||Kimberly Gauderman|
|HIST 692||Transnational Gender and Race||Tiffany Florvil|
|LAW 593||Race and the Law||Christine Zuni Cruz|
|LAW||Latinas, Latinos in the Law||Marc Tizoc González|
|LLSS 510||Paulo Freire||Nancy Lopez|
|LLSS 524||Critical Race Theory||Nancy Lopez|
|LLSS 529||Race, Ethnicity, and Education||Nancy Lopez|
|LLSS 530||Whiteness Studies||Nancy Lopez|
|LLSS 588||Feminist Epistemologies & Pedagogies||Ruth Trinidad Galvan|
|PH 556||Community-Based Participatory Research for Health: Indigenous & Critical Methodologies||Multiple|
|PSYC 636||Diversity & Multicultural Perspectives in Clinical Psychology||Kamilla Venner|
|SOC 430*||Intersectionality: Race, Gender Class for Social Policy||Nancy Lopez|
|SOC 520||Racial and Ethnic Relations||Nancy Lopez|
|SOC 528||Sociology of Mexican Americans||Phillip Gonzalez|
|SOC 595||Health Inequalities||Jessica Goodkind|
|SPAN 536||Colonial Literatures||Kathryn McKnight|
|WMST 512||Feminist Research Methodologies||Adriana Ramirez de Arellano|
|WMST 579||Transnational Gender and Race||Tiffany Florvil|
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.