The University of New Mexico’s Office of Vice President for Research presents the campus-wide inaugural Community Engaged Research Lectureship Award, one of the highest honors presented to UNM faculty, on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Dr. Nina Wallerstein, director, Center for Participatory Research and professor in the Public Health Program in the UNM Department of Family and Community Medicine, is the recipient of the inaugural award.

As part of the honor, Wallerstein will present a lecture titled, “Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR): Walking the Walk for Health and Social Equity” at the UNM Science and Math Learning Center Auditorium on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. A reception will be held in the lobby of the Science & Math Learning Center at 5 p.m. prior to the lecture.

The lecture will cover principles, core values, partnering practices, and lessons learned along the path towards reducing health inequities within the state.  

The reception and lecture are both free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to The Science and Math Learning Center is located on the southwestern side of the main UNM Campus, south of Scholes Hall and the Maxwell museum, and slightly southwest of Mitchell Hall. Parking provided for community members at B/P lot located on Northwest corner of University and Central Ave.

In addition to the lecture, the first-ever UNM Campus Community Forum will be held the following day, on Friday, April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the UNM Continuing Education Building.

The Friday keynote address will be by Dr. Scott Peters from Cornell University and Timothy K. Eatman from Syracuse University. Together they are the co-directors of Imagining America, a consortium of universities that focus upon public scholarship in the arts, humanities and design. Also featured will be the keynote address by Wallerstein.

The 2016 Campus Community Forum aims to offer an opportunity for meaningful discourse about cultivating effective community engagement relationships and a chance to assess the strengths and challenges of community-university partnerships. Case studies involving UNM faculty and students, feature poster sessions and student projects, as well as interactive breakout sessions, are all part of the forum.