Equity, Inclusion and Diversity at NMSU

Date:               April 21, 2021

To:                   NMSU faculty and staff

From:              John Floros, President

Following a national search, Dr. Teresa Maria Linda Scholz has been selected as NMSU’s first Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Diversity. She will join us from the University of California Santa Cruz, where she serves as associate vice chancellor and chief diversity officer. She will begin this role on August 2.

Dr. Scholz will be a tremendous addition to our university. She has the knowledge and skills to lead the effort to make NMSU more equitable and inclusive, and more welcoming for our diverse community from this region and around the world. As practitioner, Dr. Scholz has worked to foster a healthy campus climate where students, staff, and faculty are seen, valued, and respected and where their voices, ideas, research, and innovations contribute to transforming the academic, co-curricular and non-academic functions of a university.

Dr. Scholz is a first-generation college student who was raised in Guatemala and the United States. She earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in speech communication and a master’s certificate in women’s studies from Colorado State University.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Scholz to our NMSU community.

An additional note: tomorrow at 3:00 p.m., Dr. Patrick Turner will host the forum Let’s Talk About It: Seize the Moment, as a continuation to last summer’s forum on Diversity, Justice, Inclusion, and Respect. With yesterday’s verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, this virtual setting will be a place where we can come together to listen, dialogue, and reflect on the past year to help shape and reimagine the future.

Join us for an honest and open discussion that will feature voices representing students, faculty, and staff. We will answer questions, share information, and provide support to help NMSU and New Mexico communities work toward inclusivity, equity, and allyship.

Join via Zoom. Questions can be submitted here.

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