For the seventh year, the Division of Student Affairs is partnering with the UNM BeKind Committee which includes members of UNM staff, students and the community to celebrate National Random Acts of Kindness, Feb. 3-17.
“Random Acts of Kindness was started here at The University of New Mexico about 15 years ago. We wanted to promote kindness, respect and safety throughout the city and especially here on campus,” said Kim Kloeppel, UNM Student Affairs chief operations officer, and chair of the UNM Kindness committee.
Organizers kicked off the two-week long effort at the monthly, Donut Wednesday event outside Hodgin Hall with help from Lobo Lucy, the UNM Spirit Squad and student groups.
New this year is a Be Kind. Be Courteous. Get Home Safe. car magnet which was created as a way to combat recent acts of road rage in the city. Magnets are free and available through the UNM Student Affairs office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (505) 277-0952.
“We created the car magnets as a way to connect with the Operation Lilly, End Road Rage campaign,” said Kloeppel. “The magnets serve as a reminder that when we find ourselves in a stressful situation while driving, if we take a moment to just breathe, and be patient, we won’t be as quick to make a bad decision.”
In addition to the magnets, several events are planned over the two-week span including some old favorites such as the Pit of Kindness, BeKind UNM buttons, candy and an opportunity to create a Valentine for a UNM Children’s Hospital patient or a veteran.
"One of the things that I think really helps a lot of students is just having people that actively go out and show kindness towards them. It really brightens people’s day." – Tommy Newsom, UNM senior
This year, as in years past, we are also partnering with Nusenda Credit Union and UNM campus departments to host a teddy bear drive which runs from Feb. 1-11 to benefit the UNM Children’s Hospital and the Albuquerque Police Department.
Additionally, both Satellite Coffee and Nusenda Credit Union locations in the UNM Student Union Building will be hosting a Fill It Forward event where students can receive a free cup of coffee and help fill a donation jar to benefit the UNM Lobo Food Pantry.
“I think it’s really awesome. One of the things that I think really helps a lot of students is just having people that actively go out and show kindness towards them. It really brightens people’s day,” said UNM junior Tommy Newsom.
New this year is a Brain Break Bar which features healthy food for students while they study, a 2.5 mile kindness walk around campus, a movie and water games at Johnson pool and a social media challenge among other events.
More information on all these initiatives, including a link for kindness story submissions, thank you notes and simple ideas for small acts of kindness that can make a big impact in another’s life, can be found here or by calling UNM Student Affairs at (505) 277-0952.