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Democracy is messy, but demands respectful dialogue

To be effective, a leader must often explain the same issue, topic or decision over and over again, especially while interacting with different audiences. I find myself in this exact position during meetings with my executive team or larger administrative groups, in meetings with deans, department heads, supervisors, faculty, staff, students, or all of the…
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Come together to advance Equity and Inclusion

At last Friday’s Juneteenth celebration, several hundred people came together at Corbett Center Student Union’s outdoor stage for an evening that promised to “Celebrate. Educate. Agitate.” The evening was sponsored by NMSU’s Black Student Alliance and Black Programs, in collaboration with the Associated Students of NMSU. At the beginning of the event, Christopher Brooks, president…
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Why are we coming back? To Shape the Future

As educators, we play a central role as subject matter experts who develop curricula and create academic programs. However, more important is the role we play in shaping the learning environment of our institutions. This environment is a product of our attitude and is a powerful influence on our students’ successes. That learning environment is…
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Let’s Talk About It: A Call to All Aggies

We, the senior leadership of New Mexico State University and the NMSU Diversity Council, are disheartened that we are still experiencing tragedies of racially based hatred in 2020. Words cannot express our deepest sympathy to the families, friends, and loved ones of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and others…
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Statement regarding national protests

Dear Aggies, We are living through difficult times. Not only due to the COVID-19 and the financial crises, but also because the events of this past week have re-kindled long-standing tensions over racism, inequality, and social justice. People all around our nation and the world are protesting in the streets to express their anger, disappointment, fear, and frustration. With New Mexico…
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