In response to concerns raised by the African America community, UNM President Robert G. Frank recently met with Harold Bailey of the Albuquerque NAACP. Frank requested the meeting to strengthen the relationship and cooperation between the organization, the community and UNM. The meeting, which included UNM Provost Chaouki Abdallah, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion Jozi De Leon and African American Student Services Director Scott Carreathers, provided clarification and details about the UNM’s efforts to support African American students and to increase campus safety.

Frank outlined a number of policing and educational responses taken by the University, which include additional funding for four additional full time police officers for UNMPD, more campus lightning, the establishment of a Safety Council, numerous upcoming educational presentations and speakers, as well as continued diversity training for students, faculty and staff.

“The University of New Mexico places a premium on diversity, civility and respect. We work hard to protect our campus and to educate our community on these important values,” Frank said. “We look forward to continued cooperation with NAACP and other community groups in this ongoing effort.”

Several key representatives at UNM will continue to work on the civil campus emphasis. Carreathers, in his role as special advisor to the president on African American Community Affairs, will act as a liaison between the President’s Office, the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the African American community. Professor Lu-in Wang will serve as a special assistant in the Office of Equity and Inclusion to develop a comprehensive plan for addressing campus concerns. Professor Alfred Mathewson has agreed to continue as director of Africana Studies, while a national search is conducted for a new director this fall.

"Positive lines of communications have been established and issues of concerns are on a priority list. I look forward to meeting with President Frank periodically,” Bailey said.

Bailey also requested that the Crime Stoppers Initiative, recommended by the NAACP or a Campus Safety Program, be submitted to the newly-elected UNM student body officers for review and comments. Frank, Bailey and others agreed to an ongoing dialogue and to meeting periodically to monitor and discuss these efforts.

Media contact: Dianne Anderson (505) 379-9105; email: danderson@unm.edu