The University of New Mexico (UNM) has once again earned the platinum-level distinction for its workplace policies by Family Friendly New Mexico, a statewide initiative developed to recognize employers that have adopted policies that give New Mexico businesses an advantage in recruiting and retaining the best employees.

Organizations are judged on policy categories such as paid leave, health support, flexible work schedules, and economic support for their employees. To achieve platinum status, an organization’s policies must also address pay equity, diversity and inclusion, and community investment.

In addition to platinum-level distinction, UNM has also earned the newly established Education Support Special Designation. This designation was developed in partnership with United Way of Central New Mexico to elevate the importance of employer-subsidized educational assistance.

UNM has long-standing Tuition Remission and Dependent Education programs to support and encourage employees and their families to further their education. Programs include financial assistance with graduate and undergraduate coursework, as well as for continuing education classes.

“While we remain proud of our family-friendly policies, we’re particularly excited that this year UNM is being recognized for educational support for our employees,” said Kevin Stevenson, vice president for Human Resources. “In 2023, we revised our Education Benefits policy to expand eligibility for employees, their partners and dependents. The impact of a UNM education on the state and the economy is clear, and those impacts begin with a well-skilled and educated UNM workforce.”

Recent revisions to UAP 3700: Education Benefits include:

  • Elimination of the requirement of 1-year of prior employment for Dependent Education eligibility
  • Expands eligibility to include post-doctoral fellows with a minimum 3-month contract and 0.50 FTE
  • Expands professional development opportunities

In addition to its annual recognitions, the Family Friendly New Mexico initiative offers training, support, and resources to businesses on how to implement family friendly policies.