Community Organization
Families United for Education received the Luminaria Award for a community organization.

The University of New Mexico Division for Equity and Inclusion has announced the 2015 recipients of the sixth annual Luminaria Awards. The recipients this year include: Mario Rivera, School of Public Administration; Armando Bustamante, El Centro de la Raza; Texanna Martin, Families United for Education; and Mark Peceny, dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

The University of New Mexico Division for Equity and Inclusion has announced the 2015 recipients of the sixth annual Luminaria Awards. The recipients this year include: Mario Rivera, School of Public Administration; Armando Bustamante, El Centro de la Raza; Texanna Martin, Families United for Education; and Mark Peceny, dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

According to the Division for Equity and Inclusion, the Luminaria Awards “recognize individuals and organizations that light the path in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice.”

Mario Rivera from the School of Public Administration is the recipient of the faculty award. Rivera is Regents’ Professor at the school, which he joined in 1993. He taught at numerous universities before coming to UNM. 

The staff award recipient, Armando Bustamante, got his degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He’s been working with students since 1995 with TRIO Programs and UNL, Title V and El Centro at UNM. He developed a passion for working with underrepresented students, especially in the undocumented population.

Texanna Martin is the student award recipient. Martin received her associates in liberal arts, paralegal certification and mediation training. She is currently majoring in Public Administration with the goal of creating and operating a non-profit for children and families.

Families United for Education received the award for a community organization. The organization created the Family Engagement Policy to increase APS student success.

The Inclusive Excellence Award recipient is being awarded to Mark Peceny, dean of College of Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 1993 and joined the faculty at UNM’s Department of Political Science in 1992.

For more information on the awards, visit the Division for Equity and Inclusion website.