The University of New Mexico hosts a Community Engagement Symposium 2023 on Friday, Nov. 3 from 1 to 5 p.m. in George Pearl Hall at the School of Architecture + Planning building. The symposium will focus on Advancing New Mexico and having conversations about how to build better community partnerships.

This symposium will serve as a convergence point, drawing together a diverse array of civic leaders and academics in higher education, with the shared mission of advancing the state of New Mexico. The primary objective will be to foster a discourse on expanding our reach of community engagement and exploring new partnerships in the state.

Participants will engage in panel discussions that will be focused on developing strategic initiatives and sharing insights, experiences, and best practices, to empower the University of New Mexico and civic leaders with the tools and knowledge needed for addressing critical challenges facing society.

Preliminary Schedule

1-1:15 p.m. – Introductions
Tim Castillo, director, Community Engagement Initiatives & professor, School of Architecture + Planning
UNM Provost James Holloway

1:15-2:30 p.m. – Panel on Community Impact (Moderator-Manuel Montoya)  

Priscilla Lucero

Director, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments  
Erin Callahan
Director, Community Development, Los Lunas  
Patricia Trujillo
Acting Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Higher Education Department  
Celeste Nuñez
Director of International Business Resources, New Mexico Trade Alliance  

3-3:15 p.m. – Break

3:15-4:30 p.m. – Panel on Community Engagement Centers and Institutes (Moderator-Renia Ehrenfeucht)

Ted Jojola 
Director, Indigenous Design + Planning Institute  
Kiran Katira  
Director, Community Engagement Center  
Shannon Sanchez-Youngman  
Associate Director, Center for Participatory Research  
Robert G. (Rob) DelCampo  
Executive Director of UNM's Innovation Academy  

4:30-4:50 – Keynote, New Mexico Lt. Gov. Howie Morales

4:50-5 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Tim Castillo
UNM President Garnett S. Stokes

5-6:30 p.m. – Reception

Community Engagement at The University of New Mexico is focused on enhancing the quality of life, fostering growth and prosperity, and promoting progress not only in New Mexico but also in societies worldwide.

For more information, visit Community Engagement.