(INSTITUTE MEETING) April 11 Institute meeting

(INSTITUTE MEETING) April 11 Institute meeting [article image]

When: Thu, Apr 11 2019 12:00pm

Where: UNM Social Sciences Bldg, room 1061

The logo for the Institute for the Study of Race and Social Justice


Date & Location: Thurs. 4/11/19, 12-1pm,
SSCO 1061, Working Lunch Meeting (Sociology Commons, Social Sciences Bldg., UNM Main Campus Bldg.# 78).
Topic: Bill of Rights: Academic Justice for Race &Social Justice Knowledge projects across the Disciplines for Students, Part-Time Instructors, Tenure-Track Faculty

Academic Freedom for Whom and for What? Who Benefits?*COME AND SHARE YOUR VISION**EVERYONE IS ALWAYS WELCOME* STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF, COMMUNITY*No RSVP Necessary; for more information visit race.unm.edu.

A special thank you to Dr. Lawrence Roybal, Interim VP Division of Equity and Inclusion and Lorena Blanco, Diversity Program Director, Division of Equity & Inclusion for providing lunch available. Bring your own beverage.


  1. Indigenous Territorial Acknowledgement (What does it mean to walk the talk?); Approve Agenda; Welcome; Introductions and Sign in.
  2. Updates: Proposal to create 12-credit transcripted Race and Social Justice Undergrad Certificate is still under review (4 classes/3 different departments). Thank you for all your support! We are grateful to Dr. Scarlett Higgins, Director and Farah Nousheen, Academic Advisor in Women Studies who will provide administrative support (It has been approved by the College of Arts and Sciences 4/8/19 and will continue the review process in the Faculty Senate committees; we will update once a final decision is made). As you know the15-creditRace and Social Justice Grad Certificate has been in existence for three years (22 students admitted and 5 graduates; 5 classes/4 different departments). It is open to anyone with a BA or higher (current and non-UNM students). Other Updates? Grant Opportunities, Teaching, Classes, Community Engagement on Race and Social Justice.
  3. Conversation Topic/Goal: Policy Brief for Academic Affairs and Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee at UNM that outlines challenges and opportunities regarding the pursuit of race and social justice knowledge production, teaching and community engagement for students, staff, faculty across disciplines, departments, academic and program units, and institutional arrangements."Institutions of higher education are conducted for the common good and not to further the interest of either the individual teacher or the institution as a whole. The common good depends upon the free search for truth and its free exposition." (1940 Statement of Principles on Academic Freedom and Tenure).

More info: https://www.aaup.org/report/joint-statement-rights-and-freedoms-students

What are the challenges? What are the opportunities for improvement for all students (undergraduates, graduate students), part-time instructors/contingent faculty, tenure-track faculty, staff, community, etc.? How can a focus on power relations and structural inequalities and resistance reveal new understandings about ethical versus aesthetic academic justice in higher education? Ten years from now, how will we know that we have been successful?*BRING YOUR IDEAS*Note: The Institute has no dedicated staff, operating or programming funds. We exist as a labor of love visible through all the partnerships and volunteers that have generously contributed to our mission over the years. Our hope is to produce a brief report for sharing with UNM administration so we can support the sustainability, collective work and impact of the work of the Institute as the mark of a twenty-first century innovative, relevant and impactful university.

To make a tax deductible donation to the Institute please visit:https://www.unmfund.org/fund/institute-for-thestudy-of-race-and-social-justice/ .