The Division for Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico hosts the Sixth Annual Luminaria Awards on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. in SUB Ballroom B. 

The award recipients are:

  • Faculty Award: Mario Rivera, School of Public Administration
  • Staff Award: Armando Bustamante, El Centro de la Raza
  • Student Award: Texanna Martin, President, GPSA
  • Community Organization Award: Families United for Education

The Luminaria Awards recognize individuals and organizations that light the path in areas of diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice. Their commitment can be evident in recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups; teaching, research and/or service; multicultural or cultural awareness programming; social justice organizing, community outreach or other similar activities.

“Every year, the nominees illustrate the incredible work that is being done on our campus to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice,” said Jozi De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion. “We are fortunate to have outstanding faculty, staff, students and community organizations who contribute to inclusive excellence in significant ways through their service to our students and communities, teaching to advance better understanding and/or conducting research that is having an impact both locally and nationally.”

DEI will also present the Inclusive Excellence award at the event to an individual that has made a significant and lifelong contribution to Inclusive Excellence at UNM. Inclusive Excellence means that we leverage diversity as our strength to create a healthy and inclusive campus climate, advance the academic enterprise and support the success of our students.

Luminaria nominations are submitted by colleagues, peers, supervisors or advisors (in the case of student nominees) who recognized the significance of the nominee’s work. Recipients of the Luminaria Awards demonstrate an exemplary commitment to addressing diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice at the University of New Mexico or in New Mexico; emerging or long-term commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice effort goes above and beyond the routine expectations of the job or project; provide evidence to support the contribution the individual(s) or unit has made in advancing diversity, equity, inclusion or social justice.  

Free tickets are available here. Space is limited.

If you are interested in co-sponsoring the awards or would like additional information, contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at 277-1238 or