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Las Cruces student receives national award from General Motors

Felicia Guerrero, a Las Cruces resident studying mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University, is one of eight students nationwide selected by General Motors to participate in a program designed to foster social responsibility in the workplace.

Sullivan Fellowship Program is named for the late Rev. Leon Sullivan, who was the first black man to serve on the GM board of directors. In 1977, Sullivan developed the Sullivan Principles as a code of conduct for companies operating in South Africa. In 1997, these principles were expanded as a means to improve human rights, social justice and economic fairness in countries throughout the world. Today, the Global Sullivan Principles of Social Responsibility are embraced by hundreds of companies around the world.

Guerrero will observe how General Motors has applied the Sullivan Principles to its workplace during a summer internship at GM's research facility in Warren, Mich. When she returns from her internship, Guerrero will work with Ed Pines, head of the department of industrial engineering, and Bobbie Green, an assistant professor of accounting and business computer systems, to develop a course at NMSU about the Sullivan Principles. The course, titled "Ethics, Leadership and Technology," is expected to be ready for the spring 2006 semester. It will be offered jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration and Economics.

NMSU has received a $5,000 grant from GM to develop the new course and Guerrero has received a $5,000 scholarship for her work on the project.

Guerrero, a 2002 graduate of Las Cruces High School, will be a senior at NMSU next fall. She hopes to pursue a career in automotive or aerospace engineering.