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.
I agree with President Schmidly that diversity, equity and inclusion are central to UNM's core mission and values. I also agree that the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion (OEI) should continue to be fully funded at current levels and promote "equity for all members of the University community by leading efforts to transform the campus environment and embrace critical diversity, holistic learning, inclusive excellence and social justice; and, in this way, foster a climate that imbues diversity as an asset." I believe that OEI's current structure also allows OEI to work with all of UNM's constituents - students, faculty and staff - as well as the community and alumni.
I also want to thank the UNM President and Board of Regents for their efforts to keep tuition and fees affordable for New Mexico students and families that includes containining costs at UNM.
I also agree with the Board of Regents and President's efforts to keep tuition and fee increases as small as possible, including no increases which also take into account the "tuition credit" approved by the state legislature. I know that OEI is one of the newest programs but it's also one of the most critical. I want to further express that I know UNM can keep tuituion and fee increases low and cut costs without eliminating or reducing the efficacy of the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion.
Again, I belive that maintaining the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion (OEI) and initiatives for diversity, equity and inclusion is key to the success of UNM. I thank the President and Board of Regents for doing everything that they can to preserve the UNM Office for Equity and Inclusion, anything else would be as President Schmidly has suggested, "a step backwards for UNM and New Mexico."