Critical Race Training in Education

University of New Mexico

Undergraduate

Mailing Address
Student Support and Service Center
1155 University Blvd
SE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone
(505) 277-0111
Email address
unmlobos@unm.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1889 as New Mexico’s flagship institution, The University of New Mexico now occupies nearly 800 acres near old Route 66 in the heart of Albuquerque, a metropolitan area of more than 500,000 people. From the magnificent mesas to the west, past the banks of the historic Rio Grande to the Sandia Mountains to the east, Albuquerque is a blend of culture and cuisine, styles and stories, people, pursuits and panoramas." The university offers over 90 undergraduate programs, enrolls over 22,200 students, and employs over 2,960 faculty. (Source: https://www.unm.edu/welcome/index.html) (Source: https://public.tableau.com/profile/unm.oia#!/vizhome/DegreesAwarded2016-2020/Degrees) (Source: https://public.tableau.com/profile/unm.oia#!/vizhome/Enrollment_SCH_2012-2016_0/Story1) (Source: https://public.tableau.com/profile/unm.oia#!/vizhome/OfficialFacultyCounts/Dashboard1)
General Information
The University of New Mexico has taken more symbolic steps to forward its equity initiatives. In a campus-wide message, UNM president Garnett Stokes said, "Throughout the history of our institution and our state, there have been cultural touchpoints that require us to re-examine the symbols, artwork and facilities that identify our University culture and environment – and sometimes our values. Similar demands for reflection and change are being levied across our country, and I want to assure the University community that we are listening." Several symbols, such as the university seal and building names may be changed. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Critical Race Training Activity

  • Symbolic Actions

    "UNM Seal: There has been strong interest in examining the historic representations that have been built into the UNM Seal for more than a generation. In 2016, it was determined that while the mark was under review, an interim seal would be used for all official representation. After a considerable amount of dialogue, research and input from over 8000 participants in our communities statewide and nationally, a comprehensive and diverse committee presented art submissions to the Regents’ Academic Student Affairs and Research (ASAR) Committee this past April 30. The ASAR committee requested some modifications to the artwork, which will be returned for further consideration at its next meeting, likely to take place in August, after which it will go to the full Board for final approval."

  • Symbolic Actions

    "Adams Mural in Zimmerman Library: The recent intellectual discourse regarding the mural was conducted with considerable thought and insight, with many vested groups, and incorporated lectures, entire course sections, and meetings with interested constituents. This engagement led to a proposed solution involving a curtain veil concept, which then evolved to an enhanced technical display that allows for complete obstruction of view while still permitting the murals to be accessed for educational purposes. The transition of leadership and the viability of the selected technology unquestionably delayed the project, but this issue continues to be a priority for the University. We remain committed to covering the murals before Fall classes begin. Given the historical designation of Zimmerman Library, this process is strictly regulated by the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division, and we will continue to work diligently to comply with their requirements to implement changes."

  • Symbolic Actions

    Named Buildings: This week, the Oñate Hall building sign was removed due to vandalism. Unlike the Adams mural in Zimmerman, the University has not entered into an extensive process to address controversial building names. However, the University administration understands the need to address this important issue. All naming requests currently are reviewed by the Committee on Naming Facilities, Spaces, Endowments, and Programs, in accordance with existing guidelines and procedures. Since the naming of facilities has a long-term impact on the University, the current approval process is designed to ensure such actions are in the best interest of the institution. We will strive for an inclusive process and I have requested a review of the existing policy for naming buildings and other facilities."

Last updated March 2nd, 2021