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Support Interdisciplinary and Ethnic Studies at UNM #WeAreTheCore

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A statewide task force is reconsidering the makeup of the core general education curriculum at the University of New Mexico (UNM) and other New Mexico colleges and universities. It took Ethnic and Interdisciplinary Studies programs (Africana, Chicana and Chicano, Native American, and Women Studies) 40 years to get their courses approved in the core general education curriculum. This petition requests that UNM Administration and the statewide task force includes Ethnic and Interdisciplinary Studies as core knowledge in the general education curriculum of the state. In addition, we ask UNM to offer greater institutional support for Ethnic and Interdisciplinary Studies in order to support New Mexico's core students.

                     We Are The Core Movement - #WearetheCore!

  • We are the majority populations in the state of New Mexico
  • We recognize the urgency to work towards sustainable and dignified environments for all living beings
  • We recognize that racialized, gendered, and sexual violence against our communities is increasingly impacting communities of color
  • We see that youth experience obstacles obtaining their education P-12 and succeeding in higher education.
  • We see educational institutions as spaces and places to nurture the ethics of sharing and community engagement
  • We understand the importance of creative expressions, narratives, and the arts
  • We foresee that the current budget crises in the state of New Mexico will have a negatively disproportionate impact on our communities
  • We recognize the urgency to speak up!
  • We ask for more support for critical, intersectional and transformative Ethnic Studies courses and other interdisciplinary courses because research shows that they enhance student success,  particularly students coming from marginalized communities that have historically been underrepresented by race, class, gender and LGBTQ status 
  • We ask that the UNM Statewide General Education Committee recognize the importance of Interdisciplinary, Racial, Ethnic, Women and Humanities Studies Programs at UNM and include these courses and essential student learning outcomes focused on oppression, inequality, peace and social justice in the Statewide Core/General Education
  • We ask for the development of full comprehensive Departments in Africana Studies, Chicana and Chicano Studies, Native American Studies and Women and LGBTQ that include BA, MA and PhD programs
  • We ask for increased support for all Ethnic Studies Support Centers including African American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, El Centro de la Raza, LGBTQ Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center and the Veteran’s Resource Center
  • We ask for full support to develop community engaged and research priorities for all Racial, Ethnic, Women and LGBTQ Studies, Sustainability, Community Engaged and Social Justice Programs, Institutes, Centers and Support Services at UNM
  • We ask for the appointment of a President that is responsive to the realities, needs of underrepresented and economically disadvantaged populations, has a proven record engaging in transformational leadership, and who embraces inclusive excellence and social justice for marginalized communities
  • We ask for the appointment of Regents who have practical experience as administrators, professionals and teachers in institutions of higher learning, and a demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and working with broadly diverse communities
  • We ask for all staff, administrator, and faculty job advertisements, annual review, promotion, and tenure reviews to include criteria that value a demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and working with broadly diverse communities and continued professional development in these areas


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