At the UNM Budget Summit and various other settings in the past year, UNM President Schmidly and the Board of Regents have been discussing cost containment as well as tuition and fee increases.
One of the possible savings proposed by the Board of Regents was to eliminate or merge the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion because of pressure to reduce the number of Vice Presidents and because it's one of UNM's newest programs.
President Schmidly has been a supporter and founder of the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion since before being appointed UNM President. He has told students and others, including in an Albuquerque Journal op-ed, that he sees OEI as central to UNM's core mission and values. President Schmidly also supports full funding for OEI at current levels.
At the UNM Budget Summit, the Board of Regents pushed for lower tuition and fee increases and further cost containment, including eliminating Vice President positions at the university.
Students for Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Social Justice are supportive of efforts to both preserve the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion while at the same time keep tuition and fee increases low and affordable for New Mexico students and families that includes containing costs especially at the administrative levels. We feel all of these can happen at the same time.
Take a moment to thank the UNM President and Board of Regents for continuing to move forward and preserving the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion, keeping tuition and fee increases low and affordable and containing UNM's costs especially at the administrative levels.