• Sonia Gipson Rankin, J.D., has served as the associate dean for Curriculum and Program Development of University College and senior lecturer in Africana Studies at The University of New Mexico. She has also served as an adjunct faculty at the UNM School of Law  
  • Currently oversees the University College Advisement Center’s (UCAC), which plays an essential role in shaping the early academic success of our students, by smoothing the transition to UNM 
  • During her tenure on the Elder Law Journal, Rankin also published a legal note which studied black grandparents and the legal impact of informal kinship care
  • Rankin relocated to Albuquerque in 2002, becoming a licensed attorney and joining the New Mexico Bar Association
  • She has served as a family mediator, legal advisor, and as a charter school trustee
  • As the Lead Faculty of the criminal justice program at Brookline College, Rankin revitalized the curriculum, increased community visibility, and designed over 20 online courses
  • Rankin has spent several years teaching in a diversity of disciplines at the collegiate level, specifically at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Brookline College and UNM
  • Rankin has spoken at the Association of Community Colleges Trustees Governance Leadership Institute on Diversity, UNM's 2008 Civil Rights Symposium, presented to the USDA Forest Service, and served as a panelist alongside noted civil rights activist, Dick Gregory
  • She previously served as president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association, vice-president of her local PTA, and as a pre-teen volleyball coach
  • Rankin is also a lecturer in UNM's Department of Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on the Race and the Law, Race, Family, and the Law, Cultural Capital in the Digital Age, and Black Women
  • She was the associate director of Africana Studies for three years and was appointed the associate dean for Curriculum and Program Development in University College..
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Attended the University of Illinois College of Law, receiving several different recognitions for her scholarly work and served as an associate editor of the Elder Law Journal

Additional areas of interest
Higher Education, Student Academic Success Initiatives, Law - kinship care and race and technology.

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