Before the New Mexico Lobos and Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils take the field at University Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. to kick-off the 2015 football season, administrators will meet to discuss a new partnership between the two institutions.

The partnership will provide an opportunity for students to participate in a cultural exchange between the two institutions. The cultural exchange program has been facilitated by Sam Johnson, a native of Mississippi and alumni of the University of New Mexico (JD, 1976). Johnson has collaborated with UNM’s African American Student Services, Africana Studies, the Division for Equity and Inclusion, the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost.

“The exchange program provides students from MVSU, a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), to experience life at a Hispanic Serving Institution and vice versa,” said UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah. “Such exchanges will impact the students, staff and faculty from both universities.”

MVSU representatives Jerryl Briggs, executive vice president/COO, and Jacqueline Gibson, vice president for Student Affairs, will participate in the meeting with UNM leadership to further discuss details of the program.

The meeting takes place Saturday, Sept. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid, Gallery.

For more information, contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at (505) 277-1238.