The University of New Mexico is celebrating a major degree milestone this year, as the Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies is marking 20 years in 2024.

To commemorate this, on Tuesday, March 26, from 12 to 2 p.m., the Department of Native American Studies (NAS) will be hosting the 20th Viola F. Cordova Memorial Symposium.

This year’s theme is “Looking Back, Moving Forward: 20 Years of the Native American Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree.” The symposium will feature NAS alumni from 2011, who will join panels to discuss how they are implementing their NAS degree in their work. Attendees will also have a chance to engage with inspiring community leaders and learn more about the potential of a bachelor’s degree in NAS.

“We are proud to celebrate 20 years of our NAS bachelor's degree! Our alumni have really demonstrated the broad applications of their degree," said Professor and NAS Chair Tiffany Lee. "This symposium will share how the NAS bachelor’s degree for these alumni has informed and enhanced their professional lives."  

To this day only a few dozen schools offer Native American Studies. UNM continues to host its longstanding program, marketing 54 years of with diverse faculty and course offerings. 

This event takes place in the Student Union Building, Acoma A&B, and will also be streamed on Facebook Live. Food will be provided, and it is free, but in-person participants are asked to register for an estimated headcount. Registration can be accessed here