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The Department of Linguistics Diversity Statement

The Department of Linguistics at UNM recognizes the value and importance that diverse perspectives can bring to our academic community. Our department strives to create an atmosphere of inclusiveness and respect for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for faculty and staff. We are firmly committed to continued recruitment and retention of scholars and staff from historically underrepresented groups in our department and field, including, among others: women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, Native American peoples, members of the Deaf community, racial and ethnic minorities, and scholars from developing nations.  

In the past few years, UNM Linguistics has taken concrete steps to meet its diversity goals in several areas. We have increased representation from the Deaf community through the hire of faculty members both within the Sign Language Interpreting Program and the linguistics program at large. Additionally, we have recently hired Diné faculty in an effort to strengthen our Navajo Language Program. We are currently working on other initiatives that  focus on increasing enrollment of Hispanic, African American, Native American, Deaf as well as other minority students in Linguistics as a whole.

In line with its mission to create and maintain a diverse community in which students, faculty and staff can thrive, free from any sort of harassment, intimidation, discrimination or retaliation, UNM Linguistics has appointed a graduate student who will assist the department in achieving its diversity goals each semester by serving as Diversity Liaison. The Diversity Liaison for the Fall 2018 semester is Ricardo Napoleão de Souza.  Please send any questions or comments to linguist@unm.edu.

Resources

UNM-specific Resources

AISS - American Indian Student Services: provides cultural and academic programming for American Indian students attending UNM in an effort to ensure their academic achievement and assist in the development of personal, cultural, and social success.

AFRO - African American Student Services: provides culturally relevant programs designed to assist primarily African American students in making a confident transition and successful adjustment to UNM. 

ARC - Accessibility Resource Center: provides comprehensive resources to the University community (faculty, staff, and student) in order to create equitable, inclusive, and practical learning environments. 

Division for Equity and Inclusion: fosters inclusive excellence by bringing together diverse worldviews, diverse research ideas and encourages multiple ways of teaching, learning and knowing.

El Centro de la Raza: promotes the transformation of Latino students through knowledge and skills, offering support while challenging systems to achieve social justice.

LGBTQ Resource Center: offers a physical environment for LGBTQ+ students and faculty, promiting safety, education, advocacy, and offers support services and trainings.

Lobo Respect Advocacy Center: promotes prevention education efforts and programs, services and support for victims of sexual misconduct and hate bias incidents.

OEO - Office of Equal Opportunity: promotes equal access and treatment and a safe environment free of discrimination and inequity for all.

Undocumented UNM: offers a range of support services (e.g. from academic and personal counseling to financial aid and legal advising) to help undocumented students balance being a full-time student while handling other day-to-day challenges they may face. 

Women's Resource Center: promotes awareness and the advancement of women’s rights to ensure equity regardless of gender identity, sex, race, ability status, age, sexual orientation, economic class, or religious affiliation.

Community-wide Resources

DCCNM - Deaf Culture Center of New Mexico: is non-profit organization in Albuquerque that provides arts/culture/social/recreational services and residential living units for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deaf-Blind residents.

New Mexico Asian Family Center: provides culturally sensitive programs and services creating a Pan-Asian community that advocates for and supports itself.  

UNM Truman Health Services: provides treatment and a wide variety of services for people living with HIV and their families, including, gay and bisexual men and members of the transgender community.

Professional Resources

Linguistic Society of America, Committee on Ethnic Diversity in Linguistics (CEDL) 
Linguistic Society of America, Committee on the Status of Women in Linguistics (COSWL) 
Linguistic Society of America, LGBTQ+ Issues in Linguistics Special Interest Group