The Office for Equity and Inclusion at the University of New Mexico will host a Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in SUB Ballrooms A&B.; The goal of the Town Hall is to engage in a positive and constructive discussion about university and community partners continuing to collaborate and support one another in work focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

"During these politically and economically challenging times, university entities are charged with figuring out how to continue to provide services, run programs, engage in research and teach our diverse student population with shrinking resources," explains Dr. Jozi De Leon, vice president for Equity and Inclusion at UNM.

"We know there is great opportunity for us to think about our interrelated work around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice in a different way and create greater sustainability for it by establishing stronger collaborations across campus and throughout the community. The fact that so many entities are co-sponsoring the Town Hall is indicative of the interest in sustaining and supporting the work that we all do," she added.

Additional sponsors of the Town Hall include: Africana Studies, APS Cultural Proficiency Initiative, Black Graduate Professional School Student Association (BGPSA), College of Education's Diversity Council Critical Race Theory Working Group, ENLACE, Feminist Research Institute, Hispanic Heritage Committee, Hispanic Roundtable of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center Office of Diversity, Julian Samora Legacy Project, LGBTQ Resource Center, LULAC, Office for Community Learning and Public Service, Office of Equal Opportunity, Office of the Provost, Office for Student Affairs, Out Queer Grads (OQG), Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC), Raza Graduate Student Association (RGSA), Title V, UNM Hispanic Leadership Council, UNM Hospitals Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UNM Staff Council, UNM LULAC and the Women's Resource Center.

For more information about Diversity at UNM, or to schedule an interview with De Leon, contact Lorena Blanco-Silva at (505) 227-0777 or e-mail,