Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: UNM

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute :: University of New Mexico

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Director: Barbara Reyes, PhD


MSC02 1680
1 University of New Mexico
1829 Sigma Chi Road NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
phone: 505/277-2965
fax: 505/212-0342

Faculty Appearances

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

Viola Florez Named 2013 Woman of Influence
Congratulations to Viola Florez, Professor and PNM Education Endowed Chair at the UNM College of Education and SHRI faculty member. “Albuquerque Business First” recently named Vi as one of three UNM 2013 Women of Influence. These women are leaders in state’s industries, professions and organizations – women who excel in the areas of business and community. Read article

Irene Vasquez is featured in UNM Today article - "Chicana and Chicano Studies Program strives for multi-ethnicity." Ready article

The Academic Leadership Academy
Provost Chaouki Abdallah recently announced that Professor Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez was one of four faculty members selected from a group of 10 to serve in the inaugural class of Academic Leadership Fellows. Read about the program.

"The Writings of Eusebio Chacon"
A presentation and book signing was held on November 13, 2012 at the UNM Bookstore. "The Writings of Eusebio Chacon" was re-introduced by Gabriel Melendez, American Studies Professor, and commentary was provided by Assistant Professor, Anna Nogar. Read Commentary. Read Albuquerque Journal article.

SHRI Sponsors Book Presentation and Signing by Distinguished Professor Arturo Madrid.
The book presentation and book signing was held on October 30th at Zimmerman Library. Dr. Madrid eloquently read excerpts from his book entitled "In The Country of Empty Crosses, The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico." Read Commentary. See Flyer.

Gabriel Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science is Interviewed on KUNM Call In Show. Listen to interview

Latino Voters in New Mexico and the Immigration Issue
On October 17 2012, pollsters, political analysts, and community leaders met to discuss the politics of immigration and the Latino vote at an event held at Dane Smith Hall on the main campus of the University of New Mexico. UNM Associate Professor Gabriel Sanchez released polling results of Latino voters in New Mexico, the only dedicated poll of New Mexico Latino voters since the general election campaign began. The poll was conducted by Latino Decisions for America’s Voice, Washington, DC. Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, Dr. Christine Sierra and Project Assistant, Rafael Martinez from the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute participated as panelists. Close to 100 people attended the event and 465 viewers saw the event online. View video

Christine Sierra comments on Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson and U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich debate. Read More

Dr. Manuel García y Griego, Director of the UNM Land Grant Studies Program, interviewed on KUNM.
Dr. Garcia y Griego along with Arturo Archuleta, Chairman of the Board, Merced Land Education and Conservation Trust, were interviewed on Moday, October 8, 2012 on the subjects of property rights and the struggles of nuevomexicanos to recover land and water rights. Click here to listen to the interview.

Equity and Inclusion receives Lumina Foundation Grant for “Unidos Project.”
Jozi De Leon, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, is the principal investigator for the “Unidos Project” which focuses on producing 55,000 post-secondary degrees and credentials for Latinos in Bernalillo County. Read Article

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Center for Health Policy was recognized at the United States Capitol.
The RWJF Center at the University of New Mexico was recently recognized at the United States Capitol for being among America's top programs that increase academic opportunities and improves achievement for Latino students at the associate, bachelor and graduate levels. The RWJF Center was selected for its work at the graduate level from among 159 competitors as one of 16 national finalists for the 2012 "Examples of Excelencia" recognition. Read

The following SHRI faculty are associated with RWJF:

Robert Valdez, Director
Gabriel Sanchez, Assistant Director
Magdalena Avila, Senior Fellow
Matthew Borrego, Senior Fellow
Laura Gomez, Senior Fellow
Felipe Gonzales, Senior Fellow
Roberto Ibarra, Senior Fellow
Celia, B. Iriart, Senior Fellow
Michelle Hall Kells, Senior Fellow
Enrique Lamadrid, Senior Fellow
Nancy Lopez, Senior Fellow
Jillian Medeiros, Senior Fellow
Valerie Romero-Leggott, Senior Fellow
Christine Sierra, Senior Fellow
Lisa Cacari-Stone, Senior Fellow
Michael Trujillo, Senior Fellow
Maria Velez, Senior Fellow

Community Based Research and Learning Initiative (CBRLI)
The press conference was held on September 20, 2012 to introduce the CBRLI program developed by El Centro de la Raza, Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI), and Chicano Hispano Mexicano Studies (CHMS) to promote academic excellence and community service through strategic alliances. The CBRLI will serve as a catalyst to integrate research, education, and community service by acting as a bridge between academia, local communities, and other partners to create professional learning opportunities for UNM students, while providing valuable services to our communities. The Memorandum of Understanding agreement was signed at the press conference. Read more. Photos

Five SHRI Faculty mentioned in September 17, 2012 issue of "UNM Today."

  • Lisa Cacari-Stone is recognized as a mentor in the article "Student News" on page 2.
  • Christine Sierra at a KRWG PBS interview while attending the Immigration Conference in June on page 2.
  • Barbara Rodriguez featured in the "Employee Spotlight" article on page 5.
  • Jesse Aleman named Endowed Faculty Chair - page 6.
  • Celia Irart brings focus to Latino health issues on page 6.

SHRI sponsored book signing and presentation by Professor Mario T. Garcia.
The presentation by Dr. Mario Garcia, UCSB, on his book "BLOWOUT! Sal Castro & the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice" was held on Wednesday, September 13th. The event was a success and very well attended. Approximately 50 faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff and community members attended. Read Flyer

Christine Sierra is quoted in the "San Antonio Express News."
Dr. Sierra comments on President Obama's campaign during his visit to El Paso. Read Article

Dr. Christine Sierra comments on changing American demographics in "National Journal Daily." Read More

Gabriel Sanchez and Christine Sierra comment on Governor Martinez's appearance at the GOP Convention. Read Article

Christine Sierra, Director, SHRI, Appears on KOB Channel 4 News.
Christine Sierra appears in the video "Romney targeting Hispanic voters to win presidency."

"UNM Today" features article on SHRI identifying Border Immigration as Key Research Area. Read Article

Moises Gonzales, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, is assisting the City of Santa Fe with assessment of the Airport Road corridor. Read More.

Christine Sierra appears in the Financial Review from Australia. Read Article.

The State of Play in New Mexico: The Role of 2010 Winners in 2012 Race
Gabriel Sanchez has written an interesting piece on New Mexico’s presidential elections. Read his blog in Latino Decisions.

Dean Geraldine Forbes Isais announces "The NEW Mexico" Conference
The School of Architecture & Planning is sponsoring “The NEW Mexico” conference and is calling for paper proposals. Although the deadline is past, Dean Forbes will consider proposals from SHRI Faculty if submitted as soon as possible. Please print and post the flyer to advertise the conference to your students. Conference Flyer

Albuquerque South Valley Farming Initiative
Moises Gonzales, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, assisted with the development of a low-cost and efficient means to extend the growing season in the Albuquerque South Valley. Read More

New York Times - Article on Voting Patterns
A New York Times reporter recently spoke with Gabriel R. Sanchez, Associate Professor of Political Science and Christine Sierra, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, regarding voting patterns in New Mexico. Read article.

National Hispanic Medical Association
Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM HSC, was selected to receive the Hispanic Health Leadership Award at the National Hispanic Medical Association’s annual conference this April in Washington DC. The award is presented annually to outstanding individuals who have played significant leadership roles in affecting the health of Hispanics and the underserved communities. Congratulations to Dr. Romero-Leggott. Read More

Annual Presidential Luminaria Faculty
Professor Nancy Lopez in Sociology and an active faculty member of SHRI, won the 3rd Annual Presidential Luminaria Faculty Award. Recipients of this award demonstrate an exemplary commitment to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice at the University of New Mexico or in New Mexico.

Best Paper Award
“Gabriel Sanchez's article (co-authored with Michael Rocca and Jason Morin), entitled "The Institutional Mobility of Minority Members of Congress," received the 2011 Best Paper Award from Political Research Quarterly, December 7, 2011.

Grant Award
Political Scientists, Gabriel Sanchez and Jillian Medeiros (with sociologist Kimberly Huyser), have received a major grant from the Russell Sage Foundation for their project "The Great Recession: Implications for Minority and Immigrant Communities." The grant provides over $100K over two years to support their work.”

The Supreme Court, Health Care Reform, and Latinos
Assistant Professor (Political Science), Jillian Medeiros, published “The Supreme Court, Health Care Reform and Latinos” article in LatinoDecisions, March 2012.

Student helps extend South Valley growing season
Assistant Professor (Community and Regional Planning), Moises Gonzales works with graduate student.

Why I became a Scientist
Regents Professor (Biology), Margaret Werner-Washburn: Watch the video

Voces Feministas
On Saturday, February 4, 2012, Barbara Reyes, Irene Vasquez, and Christine Sierra were featured on the radio show "Voces Feministas" on KUNM 89.9 FM radio. Professor Reyes (History) is the new director of Women Studies. Vasquez (American Studies) is the new director of the Chicano/Hispano/Mexicano Studies Program, and Sierra (Political Science) is the new director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute. This is the first time that Latinas have been selected to head these three UNM departments at the same time.

Why Is Arizona Afraid of Divergent Opinions?
The Albuquerque Journal ran an opinion-editorial written by Josephine “Jozi” De Leon, VP for Equity and Inclusion, on Monday, February 6, 2012 entitled “Why is Arizona Afraid of Divergent Opinions?” Also contributing to and signing the op-ed were fellow SHRI members Christine Sierra and Irene Vasquez.

Fight Against Repeal of Immigrant Drivers’ Licenses
Christine Sierra (Political Science) was interviewed on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 on KSFR-101.1FM radio (Santa Fe) on the subject “What is the fight to repeal Drivers’ Licenses for immigrants really about?” Sierra appeared on the radio program Nuestra América, sponsored by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, an immigrant rights advocacy organization.

NM Centennial Lecture
Enrique Lamadrid (Spanish & Portuguese) was invited by the City of Albuquerque to deliver a New Mexico Centennial Lecture at the Kimo Theater on Wednesday, February 8, 2012. The title of Lamadrid’s lecture was “Nuevo Méjico: The Spanish Colony.”

KUNM-FM Call-In Show
On Thursday, February 9, 2012, Rebecca Blum-Martinez (Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies, College of Education) was a guest on the “Call-In Show” on KUNM-89.9 FM. The topic of the discussion was “Native American Language Education in New Mexico.”

University Showcase
On Friday, February 10, 2012, SHRI member Miguel Gandert (Communications & Journalism) appeared with Chris Wilson of UNM’s School of Architecture & Planning to discuss their collaboration on The Plazas of New Mexico (co-edited with S. Polyzoides, Trinity University Press, 2011). The program aired on KUNM-89.9 FM.

Santa Fe Community Forum
On Friday, February 10, 2012, SHRI Director Christine Sierra was a panelist on the community forum, “Resisting the Politics of Fear: The Connection between Anti-Immigrant Legislation and the Struggle for Civil Rights.” Held at Hotel Santa Fe. Sponsored by Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a community-based organization. Sierra appeared alongside Arizona State Senator Steve Gallardo, who is leading the repeal effort of SB 1070, Scott Douglas, Executive Director of Greater Birmingham Baptist Ministries and board member of Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice, and Rachel Teran, Deputy Director of Promise Arizona, a grassroots group that led the successful recall effort of Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, author of several anti-immigrant bills, including SB 1070.

PODER Hispanic Magazine
Pablo Schneider, “The Top 25 Public Colleges & Universities Serving Hispanics,” PODER Hispanic Magazine, February/March 2012, p. 70.

“University of New Mexico: UNM has a Southwest Hispanic Research Institute which is focused on historical, contemporary, and emerging issues relevant to the larger Hispanic community.”