NMSU System Diversity Council


For the person completing this report.

Hector Sanchez

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Official Name of the Board

NMSU System Diversity Council

Effective date of establishment


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Scope of Impact


Type of Board



The NMSU System Diversity Council is a standing advisory body to the Chancellor of NMSU.


The NMSU System Diversity Council is authorized to serve the following functions:

a. To examine structural issues and policies to provide advice to the NMSU President relating to discrimination, diversity, and inclusion throughout the NMSU system. These issues include and are not limited to: the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, faculty and staff at all NMSU campuses, and the systematic development and maintenance of equity and inclusion throughout the NMSU system. The creation of this system-wide diversity council does not preclude the individual campuses from appointing a campus-based group, ad hoc or standing, to address diversity issues. Advice and recommendations from such campus groups to central administration shall be brought to the NMSU System Diversity Council through each campus' member representative on the NMSU System Diversity Council.

b. To provide informed advice on equity and access as well as actively participate in university process to assist in development, assessing and achieving Vision 2020 Diversity Goals and supporting planning documents that will be developed by our units and community colleges.


What is the process for selecting a chair?

Officers of the Executive Committee (Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate Past Chair, and a Secretary) are elected from the membership by a majority of the voting members of the council.

Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year


Hector Sanchez


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Co-Chair for 2017-18 Academic Year

Co-chair Name

Laura Gutiérrez-Spencer

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Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year


Laura Gutiérrez-Spencer


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Co-Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year

Co-chair Name

Carol Flinchbaugh

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Additional Membership Details

Members are appointed by


Position appointment description

a-k. Permanent seat
l-o. through its Chair or President
p-w. through its Dean, Vice President or equivalent
x-aa. President of the respective campus
ab. Director of OIE of their designee

Is membership representative?


Please describe how the membership is representative.

Covers various programs, colleges, councils, and campuses in the NMSU system.

What university function/office is responsible for appointments?

a. Americain Indian Program
b. Black Programs
c. Chicano Programs
d. Indian Resource Development Program
e. LGBT+ Program
f. Military and Veterans Programs
g. Student Accessibility Services
h. Hispanic Faculty Staff Caucus
i. Tribal Voice Working Group
j. HSI Working Group
k. Collge Assistance Migrant Program
l. Faculty Senate
n. Graduate Student Council
o. NMSU Employee Council
p. College of Ag
q. College of Arts and Sciences
r. College of Business
s. College of Education
t. College of Health and Services
u. University Library
v. Athletics Department
w. Office of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
x. Alamogordo Community College
y. Carlsbad Community College
z. Dona Ana Community College
aa. Grants Community College
ab. Office of Institutional Equity, ex officio

What are the terms of appointment?

a-k. Permanent seat
l-o. Two-year terms
p-w. Two-year terms
x-aa. Two-year terms

Are terms staggered?


Are members subject to reappointment?


Please explain the conditions under which members are subject to reappointment.

Dependent upon the member appointment representation condition.

What is the process for filling vacant positions?

Contacting the appointing representative.

Member List
Name Title Member Type
Hector Sanchez Director, MIlitary and Veterans Programs Voting Member
Laura Gutierrez Spencer Director, Chicano Programs Voting Member
Michael Ray Director, American Indian Program Voting Member
Festus Addo-Yobo Director, Black Programs Voting Member
Zooey Sopia Pook Director, LGBT+ Programs Voting Member
Cynthia Bejarano Professor Voting Member
Carol Fonseca Counseling Psychologist Voting Member
Trudy Luken Director, Student Accessibility Svcs Voting Member
Lauri Millot Director, AA/Equal Employment Non-voting Member
Kevin Prieto ASNMSU - President Voting Member
Maria Rocha-Hall Asst, Special/Executive Voting Member
John Idowu Ext. Specialist Voting Member
Laura Lujan (Williams) Assoc. Professor Voting Member
Carol Flinchbaugh Assoc. Professor Voting Member
Dana Christman Assoc. Professor Voting Member
Abby Nayra Student Program Coordinator Voting Member
Keith Mandabach Professor Voting Member
Elba Serrano Professor Voting Member
Loui Reyes Dean, Graduate School Voting Member
Juan Garcia Director, Pub Rel,Dev & Events Voting Member
Rebecca Silva Business Manager Voting Member
Hiranya Roychowdhury Professor Voting Member
Elan Delgadillo Library Spec Voting Member
Carol B. Hicks Program Manager Voting Member
Marielena De La Rosa Assistant Professor Voting Member

What university office/function provides administrative support to this board?

Administrative support shall be provided from among council members.

What are the requirements for the number of meetings to be held annually?


Was the requirement for the number of meetings met?


List of Meeting Dates


Major Accomplishments

Discussed the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy and how federal administration changes would impact our students.

The Diversity Council was presented with a plan from the Provost’s office concerning the hiring of a potential Diversity Chief for the NMSU System. Feedback for this proposal was requested by the administration on position title and overall responsibilities.

Discussed the Chancellor Search 2018 and the role of the Diversity Council. Diversity Council sent memo to the Board of Regents requesting the “search council reflect the composition of the State of New Mexico in race, ethnicity, gender and sexual identity”.

Discussed the importance of creating a Diversity Council web site to post information about events and activates concerning our organizations. Council worked with Adam Cavotta from the Provost’s office to create a website that was completed in April 2018.

Discussed NMSU hiring policy concerning staff and faculty at all level of employment and how NMSU can create more diversity in faculty, staff and upper management. Also discussed ways to work with the incoming administration on matters of diversity in the workplace.

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