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Important Message from the Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, Vice President for Student Affairs

November 10, 2016 - Dorene DiNaro

Video version of message can be seen here.  

Please see the list of resources available to students at the end of this message.  


Dear Students and Members of the UNM Community, 
 
The recent presidential election results, subsequent defacing of UNM campus buildings, and verbal expressions of anger and hostility have left many of our students and the UNM community feeling unsafe, devalued, and marginalized.  As a community, we need encourage kindness, integrity, and respect for each other.  
 
The University of New Mexico is proud to be a diverse and welcoming place for students, faculty and staff who come from a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. I want students and the UNM community to know that the Division of Student Affairs remains absolutely committed to supporting ALL members of our community and adhering to the University’s principles against intolerance. 
 
I want students to know that we support those who are struggling with a wide range of legitimate emotional reactions with regard to this election outcome.  Student Affairs continues to be committed to providing support for those students who need to talk, are seeking counseling, or a space to feel safe in.  Our Student Health and Counseling center offers counseling services for our students who need them, and all three of our Ethnic Centers:  African American Student Services, American Indian Student Services, and El Centro de la Raza; the Women’s Resource Center, the Dean of Students Office, and the College Enrichment and Outreach Programs, as well as the LGBTQ Resource Center and Division for Equity and Inclusion, and the Office of Equal Opportunity provide a safe space for students to talk about their emotions and be themselves.  I encourage students to please reach out to any of these departments should you feel you need to.  We are here to support you. 
 
I want you to also remember that the results of the election don’t stop the important work that Student Affairs is doing including increasing degree progress and completion for all students.  It doesn't'’t stop the work we are doing to engage and support students in difficult conversations about race, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation.  It doesn't'’t stop our need to support undocumented students on our campus.  It just makes our work more important.  
 
UNM Counseling and Reporting Resources
 
Student Health and Counseling 
After Hours Crisis Counselor (505) 277-3136 option 3
Student Health and Counseling
 
LoboRESPECT
Advocacy Center Hotline (505) 277-2911
LoboRESPECT report an incident
 
Dean of Students Office
Lobo Guardian
Hate/Bias Reporting Form
 
Agora Crisis Center (volunteer based crisis hotline)
(505) 277-3013
 
Student Affairs Campus Resources
 
African American Student Services
(505) 277-5645
 
American Indian Student Services
(505) 277-6343
 
College Enrichment and Outreach Programs
(505) 277-5321
 
El Centro de la Raza
(505) 277-5020
 
UNM LGBTQ
(505) 277-5428
 
UNM Police
On Campus Escorts
(505) 277-2241
 
Women’s Resource Center
(505) 277-3716