Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: UNM

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: University of New Mexico

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Barbara Reyes, PhD

Jacqueline Alderete
Administrative Assistant III

MSC02 1680
1 University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
Direct: 505/277-0991
Cell: 505/225-6309
fax: 505/212-0342

Established in 1980, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) promotes multidisciplinary research on the Latino/Hispanic populations of New Mexico and the United States. SHRI offers an intellectual home for its faculty associates and invites the Hispano and Mexicano communities in New Mexico to connect with the University.


New Mexico Land Grant Council will hold its next meeting on:

Friday, March 11, 2016. The meeting will convene at 10:00 a.m. and will be held in Room 201 of the UNM Park Center Building.
The building is located at 851 University Blvd SE in Albuquerque. Science and Technology Park
Time: Friday, March 11, 2016 at 10:000 am.

Anyone needing special assistance should call 505.225.0043

News and Events

SHRI interim Director Barbara Reyes launches new Transnational Working Paper Series compiled by the Transnational Research Collective at UNM. Read more

Congratulations to Drs. Enrique Lamadrid and Miguel Gandert on their receiving the 2015 International Latino Book Award. Read more.

Congratulations to Ruth Trinidad-Galván, Associate Professor, Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies Department in the College of Education and SHRI faculty affiliate on receiving the Fulbright Scholarship to Mexico. Read more.

On behalf of Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, listed are two opportunities:
(1) Scholarly Opportunity with NIH: Pipeline Abstracts and Health Disparities Course
Do you have pipeline, mentorship or workforce programs targeting Latinos and other URMs? Have you conducted scholarly work around Latino and other URMs health issues? If so, please submit an abstract for the HSHPS Professional Development Workshop at the NIH by May 4th (deadline extended!). To submit, please go to CLICK HERE. To learn about the 2015 HHS/NIH/NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course. Please read below:

(2) 2015 NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course Integrating Principles of Science, Practice and Policy in Health Disparities Research. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will again host a course on the science of health disparities this summer. The course will take place on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, from August 3, 2015 to August 14, 2015.

This two-week intensive course will provide specialized instruction on the concepts, principles, methods, and applications of health disparities science, practice, and policy. It will also integrate principles and practice of community engagement. Nationally and internationally recognized experts in health disparities science will lead individual sessions.

Cost: The course is free, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for transportation, room and board.

How to Apply: Please visitthe NIMHD Course webpage at: for information on the online application process (NOW OPEN).

Application due date: The due date for application submission is Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (11:59 pm EST).

Application Information: The following comprises the application packet: Completed online application must include: Relevant professional experience (250 word limit); Educational history including honors and awards (250 word limit); Essay describing interest in the course and how it will contribute to work/future career goals in the area of health disparities (350 word limit); and Letter of recommendation addressing in concrete and specific terms strengths, personal qualities, and relevance of course for career trajectory (350 word limit).

**Once the applicant submits the application, it will generate an automatic e-mail to the applicant’s reference, requesting a recommendation. An application is not complete until the reference submits the letter of recommendation.

Course Contact:
For additional information, contact the course planning committee at

Border Research - The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute – University of New Mexico Inter University Program for Latino Research, SHRI and RWJF Center for Health Policy Sponsored Border Research Working Group The UNM, NMSU and UTEP are collaborating on a working group to advance the knowledge and capacity for positive social change in the border region (The Paso Del Norte—Ciudad Juarez to El Paso, Las Cruces and north through the historic Camino Real to Albuquerque/Santa Fe) by working with regional community actors. This group will examine the dynamic socio economic and political context of the border from a cross-disciplinary and assets based lens, as well as help focus a critical inquiry towards policy change for social equity. Dr. Lisa Cacari Stone, Associate Professor of Health Policy, Public Health Program, Department of Family and Community Medicine at UNM is the co-coordinator with Dr. Josiah Heyman, Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center for Interamerican and Border Studies. See:

SHRI Field School will take place from May 8 through May 21, 2015. Principal Investigators are Magdalena Avila and Moises Gonzalez. Course Objectives: (1) Partner students with community leaders from northern New Mexico cultural strongholds, but also economically and socially distressed regions to advance economic development and public health projects; (2) Afford students the opportunity to work directly with Northern Hispano communities and UNM faculty members to build their skills in critical analysis, research, and cultural competence; and also expose students to the principles of community based participatory research and ethics when working with New Mexican communities.

School of Law Professor Emerita, Margaret Montoya, will be honored in the Harvard Law School 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit, which highlights women who have made a distinct impact in the fields of law and policy. Congratulations to Professor Montoya on this notable accomplishment.

Michael Trujillo, Associate Professor, American Studies / Chicana Chicano Studies, is seeking submissions for the SHRI book series Contextos. Click here for information.

Patricia Covarrubias, Associate Professor of Communications and Journalism and SHRI faculty member, is featured in Hispanic Heritage Month article. Read the article.

Victoria Sánchez, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor.

The Office of The Vice President for Research announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara Reyes as SHRI Interim Director effective July 1, 2014. Congratulations to Dr. Reyes!

SHRI welcomes to UNM visiting scholar Dr. Carlos G. Vélez-Ibáñez, Regents’ Professor and Director, School of Transborder Studies, Presidential Motorola Professor of Neighborhood Revitalization, and Professor, School of Human Evolution and Social Change from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Dr.Vélez-Ibáñez is conducting research on Spanish Literacy and Language in the Southwestern United States. He will be at UNM until the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Emerita Professor, University of New Mexico School of Law was selected to receive the 2014 Excellence in Legal Service Award from MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization. Read more.

Congratulations to Gabriel Melendez, Professor of American Studies and SHRI Faculty member who has been promoted to the rank of Distinguished Professor at UNM.

Three SHRI faculty, Nancy Lopez, Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese; Christine Sierra, Professor, Political Science & SHRI Director; and Irene Vasquez, Associate Professor, American Studies & Director, Chicana Chicano Studies will participate as panelists at the 2014 National NOW Conference entitled “Faces of Feminism: Strength in Diversity” on June 27-29. Read more.

SHRI extends congratulations to Lisa Cacari-Stone, who has received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in Family and Community Medicine, and to Maria Velez, who has received tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in Sociology. Both have contributed much to SHRI and UNM. We are proud of their accomplishments.

Ready to Run graduate, and UNM student, Cindy Nava has been selected to receive the National Federation of Democratic Women award. The award is highly competitive and the winner is selected from a national pool of nominees. The recipient will receive a monetary stipend prize and a fellowship to work with the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC. Nava is a first generation college student and a well-known student leader. In addition to being a Ready to Run graduate, she is also a member of programs such as ENLACE, and the UNM Civic Engagement Center. Nava plans to go to law school following completion of her degree, and continuing her advocacy for NM's Lottery Scholarship program. Read article.

Community Based Research & Learning Initiative (CBRLI) 2014 - The Undergraduate Colloquium was held on May 8, 2014 to honor the students and faculty mentors on their completion of their community-based projects sponsored by El Centro de la Raza (ECR), Chicana Chicano Studies (CCS), and the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI). The following SHRI Faculty were involved in mentoring the undergraduate students with their projects: Magdalena Avila; Claudia Isaac; Valerie Romero-Leggott; Maria Velez; and Damian Wilson.

Gabriel R. Sanchez, Associate Professor, Political Science, has been named Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico. He has served as the interim director of the RWJF Center over the past year. Read more.

Irene Vasquez, Associate Professor, American Studies and Director, Chicana and Chicano Studies, UNM appears in "Albuquerque The Magazine" in the May 2014 issue. Read the interview.

Aimee Villarreal, SHRI Visiting Scholar, University of California, Santa Cruz, will present a talk on the subject “Secular Miracles and Other Unexpected Crossings in the Politics of Immigration” on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM in the Frank Waters room at Zimmerman Library. See flyer.

A. Gabriel Meléndez, American Studies Professor awarded Fulbright Fellowship to Hungary. Read more.

Professor Felipe Gonzales, Sociology, has just been awarded the Espinosa Prize for Best Article published in the New Mexico Historical Review in 2013.  The article is entitled "Mexican Party, American Party, Democratic Party" and is an excellent contribution to the NMHR's list of monographs on political and territorial history."

UNM's Center for Teaching Excellence announced that Dr. Patricia Covarrubias, SHRI faculty member in Communication & Journalism, has been selected as a UNM Teaching Fellow during the 2014-15 Academic Year.

Dr. Michelle Hall Kells, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at UNM will be presented "Citizen Scholars: Cultivating Ecologies of Writing," a three-part workshop series on Friday, March 14th, Friday, March 28th, and Friday, April 4th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM in the Mirage conference room at the Student Union Building. The workshops were in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Writing Across Communities (WAC) Initiative at UNM.

Dr. Kells has been the driving intellectual force behind UNM's nationally recognized spin on traditional approaches to institutionalizing writing as a tool for teaching and learning across the curriculum. In these workshops, Dr. Kells guided attendees in developing strategies for transforming our students into citizen scholars, and for connecting our classrooms to larger academic, professional, and civic ecologies of writing.

The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute is pleased to announce that Aimee Villarrael Garza is joining the department as a visiting research scholar for the spring semester. Aimee will receive her PhD in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in March of 2014. She is at UNM conducting research in preparation of articles on her dissertation on the relationship between religious revitalization and immigrant rights activism in New Mexico.

Gabriel Sanchez, Associate Professor, Political Science, comments are in Journal article, "Spanish version of health care website is rife with flaws."

Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Cacari-Stone on being a recipient of a 2014-2016 Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Program award. See announcement.

Dr. Michelle Hall Kells quoted in Sunday Journal article "JFK's tragic end still resonates in NM." Read more.

Plans for new UNM college gain traction. Drs. Irene Vasquez and Barbara Reyes, are quoted in the November 22, 2013 Albuquerque Journal article. Read article.

Dr. Renato Rosaldo to speak on Demember 10, 2013 at Noon on the subject "The Chasers At Tucson High In The Late Fifties"in the Frank Waters Room at Zimmerman Library. See flyer.

The book signing and discussion of the book "Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Heritage in Los Angeles" by Catherine L. Kurland and Enrique R. Lamadrid with photographs by Miguel A. Gandert will be held on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:00 PM at the UNM Book Store. Read synopsis.

Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Professor of Law and a SHRI faculty member, has been named as the faculty recipient of a 2013 Presidential Luminaria Award to be presented by the Division for Equity and Inclusion at UNM. The awards honor the "many committed individuals and groups that have impacted the University of New Mexico with their work in diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice." Sedillo-Lopez is recognized as "a true Luminaria or someone who lights the path for diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice."

Manuel García y Griego, director of the Land Grant Studies Program in the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI), traveled with students from his New Mexico history class up to the site of the San Joaquín del Río de Chama Land Grant to work with land grant families and the U.S. Forest Service. UNM News article. Santa Fe New Mexican article.

“(UN)Silencing the Past – Narratives of Trauma in Comparative Perspective” - Thursday, October 24th and Friday, October 25th.
The Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) in partnership with the UNM Department of History; Center for the Southwest Chicana and Chicanos Program; and Women Studies Program to sponsor a two-day symposium at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. More information.

SHRI co-sponsored the "Hispano/Chicano Archival Collections" brown bag presentation at the UNM Center for Southwest Research on Wednesday, October 9th at Zimmerman Library as part of the American Archives Month Lunchtime Series. Other sponsors were the UNM’s Center for Southwest Research; Chicana and Chicano Studies; Land Grant Studies Program; and Inter-American Studies of the University Libraries. Presenters included: Christine Sierra, Professor of Political Science / Dir. of Southwest Hispanic Research Institute; LM Garcia y Griego, Professor of History and Chicano Studies/Dir. Land Grant Studies Program; Samuel Sisneros, Archivist, Center for Southwest Research; and Ann Massmann and Suzanne Schadl, University Libraries. Flyer

Three SHRI Faculty meet with Palestinian Delegation.
Gabriel Sanchez, Irene Vasquez and Christine Sierra were invited by the U.S. State Department to speak to a delegation of university professors from Palestine. American Studies hosted the event on Monday, October 7, 2013 at the University of New Mexico. Five participants from the Palestinian Territories were here to increase their knowledge of the United States through firsthand observation of American society and culture. They were especially interested in Latino Politics and the Chicano Studies program.

UNM, NMSU and UTEP Collaborate through Border Research Network. Read more MOU

Barbara Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UNM, and SHRI Faculty is collaborating with Deborah Rhein, Associate Professor, Communication Disorders Program at New Mexico State on a $1.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, to prepare 48 bilingual speech-language pathologists in New Mexico. Read more.

SHRI welcomes and is proud to sponsor New York University Scholars Renato Rosaldo and Mary Louise Pratt who are at UNM conducting research.

SHRI invites you to attend a book discussion and signing with A. Gabriel Meléndez with a commentary by Professor Paul Espinosa from Arizona State University on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 1:00 PM, UNM Bookstore. See flyer.

Chicana and Chicano Studies and SHRI presented an "Evening with Lalo Alcaraz", Chicano cartoonist, author & satirist, on Thursday, September 26, 2013. See flyer for more detail. Cartoons

Two SHRI faculty works appear in the Albuquerque, Journal's Opinion column. Read "Spanish is part of N.M. cultural capita" by Margaret Montoya, and "One painful case after another" by René Ornelas.

Read the news article entitled "Female Representation in Public Office on the Decline in New Mexico," El Grito de Nuevo Mexico, May 9, 2013 written by Adriana Sanchez, a panelists in the Ready to Run NM conference held in April, 2013.

Congratulations to Magdalena Avila, Associate Professor, Health, Exercise & Sports Science and Michael Trujillo, Associate Professor, American Studies / Chicana Chicano Studies on their achieving tenure.

"Language should not be barrier"
Opinion by Felipe Gonzales Professor of Sociology, UNM in Sun, May 12, 2013 Albuquerque Journal edition. Read opinion

Community Based Research & Learning Initiative (CBRLI) Undergrad Colloquium was held on May 9, 2013 to honor the students and faculty mentors on their completion of their community-based projects sponsored by El Centro de la Raza (ECR), Chicana Chicano Studies (CCS), and the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI). The following SHRI Faculty were involved in mentoring the undergraduate students with their projects: Magdalena Avila; Tim Castillo; Patricia Covarrubias; Vi Florez; Elmer Gonzalez; Jillian Medeiros; Manuel Montoya; Gabriel Sanchez; Mary Ramos; Jose Rivera; Ruth Galvan Trinidad; and Jacob Vigil. See photo album 1. See photo album 2.

Viola “Vi” Florez, professor of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning and PNM Endowed Chair in the College of Education, will serve as interim Dean. Previously, Florez served the state of New Mexico as Cabinet Secretary for Higher Education (2008–2010), as interim provost (2007–08) and as dean of the COE (1997–2008).

Dr. Mary Ramos, Pediatrician and Faculty, UNM Health Science Center, submitted an opinion to the Albuquerque Journal entitled "School nurses vital providers of children’s health care." The opinion ran in the Sunday, May 5, 2013 edition. Read opinion

The Ready to Run New Mexico Conference sponsored by the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute was held on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, 2013. To learn more about the successful event, click here.

Christine Sierra, Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute and Professor of Political Science, is quoted in the “New York Times” article entitled “Governor of New Mexico, and Now an Envoy for Republicans.” Read article

Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott works to increase healthcare diversity. Read article in UNM Today.

Geraldine Forbes Isais leads town gown collaboration. Read article in UNM Today.

Gabriel Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of “Latino Decisions,” was quoted in the New York Times article “Medicaid Expansion Is Delicate Maneuver for Arizona’s Republican Governor. Read article

Gabriel Melendez, Professor, American Studies, appeared on KUNM's Espejos de Aztlán last Monday, January 25th in an interview with George Luna-Peña on Gabriel's co-editing of the book THE WRITINGS OF EUSEBIO CHACON (UNM, 2012).
To listen to the program, go to KUNM's web-page, access it through the 2-Week Archive tab/function. Select January 28, 2013 and 7:00 PM from the drop-down menus.

Maggie Werner-Washburne was recently elected President of SACNAS, the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos & Native Americans in Science. (SACNAS) recently announced the election of its 15-member National Board of Directors. Among those elected way University of New Mexico Regents Professor of Biology, Maggie Werner-Washburne as President of the board. Werner-Washburne’s three-year appointment began Jan. 4. The first two years as President and the third as Past-President. Read more