November 10, 2014
- Dorene DiNaro
The University of New Mexico is playing a big role in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrator (NASPA) Region IV West conference entitled: Reaching New Heights, Lighting the Future,
which will be held Tuesday – Thursday, Nov. 11-13 at the Hotel Albuquerque. Andrew Gonzales, director of the UNM College Enrichment and Outreach Programs serves as the conference’s co-chair and was integral in the planning process.
The conference features keynote speakers including Dolores C. Huerta, who has spent her lifelong journey working as a community organizer and social justice activist for over 50 years; Adam and Jaye Fenderson who produced a film called “First Generation, which tells the story of four high school students, an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education; and the conference ends with a keynote from Kit Yan who is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii.
Pre-conference programs include the Mid-Level Institute (MLI), Senior Student Affairs Officer (SSAO) Institute and the NASPA Undergraduate Fellowship Program (NUFP) Institute, which are all geared to strengthen leadership skills for Student Affairs Professionals. On Tuesday night an awards banquet will be held honoring this year’s recipients of various awards in Student Affairs
from through the IV West region. The names of the winners will be made public after the event.