I.D.E.A. grant proposals receive funding
Established two years ago, the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (I.D.E.A) grants are designed to give members of the campus community an opportunity to develop and implement ideas that extend our mission and bring better focus to our diversity goals. Thanks to the work of Linda Lacey, William Quintana, Bob Nosbisch, and Christina Chavez Kelly, who served as our review committee, twenty-six proposals were read and evaluated. The pool of submitted proposals was very strong, showing the dedication of so many faculty and staff members to the values this grant program seeks to support. Please join me in congratulating the authors of the nine proposals that are funded for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Lisa Bond-Maupin, Hwiman Chung, Dulcinea Lara, Michele Nishiguchi, Hilda Olivas, and Don Pepion, “NMSU College of Arts & Sciences Diversity Assessment and Plan,” which will address the means for diversifying the faculty and retaining faculty, staff, and students and redesigning curricular and co-curricular programs.
Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus (Caucus Chair, Spencer Herrera), “Adelante! Leading through the Arts,” which will educate the community and campus about the contributions of Hispanics to the Arts.
Borderlands Center for Educational Studies (submitted for BoCES by Rudolfo Chavez Chavez), “Closing the Opportunity Gap (CoG) Project,” which will build on an existing model of bringing middle school students from Hispanic and other underrepresented minority families to NMSU for campus visits.
Debra Darmata, “Interactive Theater Training and Performance,” which will improve the training of WAVE (Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education Program) peer educators by helping them develop interactive skills for their campus presentations.
Wendy Hamilton and J. Michael Patrick, “Waffling’ About College: A Program for Zuni High School Seniors & 2012 Graduates to Experience Harmony and Balance Through a College Introductory Program-From Pueblo to Campus,” which builds on an existing program in the Zuni community designed to excite high school students about remaining in school by engaging them in traditional Zuni agriculture.
Terry Cook, Brenda Blackburn, Cynthia Bejarano, Patricia Wojahn, Laurie Churchill, Cathilia Flores, Judith Messal, Marieka Brown, Tara Gray, David Rutledge, and Kathryn Valentine, “Fostering Success for English Language Learners,” which will assist NMSU in addressing the English language training needs of students.
Laura Gutierrez-Spencer, “Undeclared Major (Freshman) Program,” which is a pilot program designed to offer training workshops to 20 undeclared freshmen, on majors and career opportunities including peer mentoring.
Joe Graham, “SIPI-NMSU Reunion” which is a direct recruitment strategy to enroll American Indian students who are currently at SIPI or who are SIPI alumni to become undergraduates at NMSU.
Jeanine Cook, Phil King, Randy Larry and Elissa Poel, “NMSU National Disability Awareness Week Conference,” which will educate our campus about responsibilities in working with persons with disabilities, as well as resources available to assist students, faculty and staff.