The University of New Mexico African American Student Services (AASS) department was recently honored with two prestigious awards at the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) National Conference in Wilmington, N.C. 

AASS was awarded the Innovative Website of the Year award – highlighting the increased need for digital access and resources.

African American Student Services receiving Innovative Website of the Year from ABCC is such an honor,” said Dannelle Kirven, AASS senior student success specialist “I am proud that AASS is putting in the work to ensure our support of students is not only prevalent in our physical space but also our digital space.”

Additionally, Kirven was named 2021 New Professional of the Year.

“I can’t put into words how excited I am,” she said. “Working in a Black Cultural Center is such a special experience, and I must thank the students, staff, and community of African American Student Services for providing me space and opportunity to thrive as a Student Affairs Professional.”

ABCC is an organization that seeks to celebrate, promote and critically examine the cultures of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American ethnic groups with the goal of institutionalizing those centers, to enhance individual, community and global development. 

For more information, please visit the UNM AASS website and the ABCC website