AASS Honored at National Conference

November 4, 2021 - Dorene DiNaro

AASS ABCC AwardThe University of New Mexico African American Student Services (AASS) department was recently honored with two prestigious awards at the Association for Black Culture Centers (ABCC) National Conference in Wilmington, NC. 

 AASS was given the Innovative Website of the Year award which is particularly timely with the increased need for digital access and resources. “African American Student Services receiving Innovative Website of the Year from ABCC is such an honor,” Dannelle Kirven, AASS Sr. Student Success Specialist says. “I am proud that AASS is putting in the work to ensure our support of students is not only prevalent in our physical space but also our digital space.”

 Additionally, Kirven was named 2021 New Professional of the Year, an honor that she considers a privilege. “I can’t put into words how excited I am,” she says.  Working in a Black Cultural Center is such a special experience, and I must thank the students, staff, and community of African American Student Services for providing me space and opportunity to thrive as a Student Affairs Professional.”

ABCC is an organization that seeks to celebrate, promote and critically examine the cultures of African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American ethnic groups with the goal of institutionalizing those centers, to enhance individual, community and global development.  Brandi Stone, director of UNM AASS sits on the ABCC board and has worked to bring the 2022 national conference to The University of New Mexico.

“I am excited to announce that we will be hosting the next national conference at UNM in the fall of 2022,” Stone says. “We look forward to welcoming professionals in the field across the country to learn more about the critical work coming out of our ethnic centers at UNM.”

 For more information, please visit the UNM AASS website and the ABCC website