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NMSU Women's Studies director chosen NM Woman of the Year

Lisa Bond-Maupin, director of Women's Studies and an associate professor of criminal justice at New Mexico State University, has been selected as a New Mexico Woman of the Year by the NM Commission on the Status of Women.

Dr. Lisa Bond-Maupin, a winner of the New Mexico Woman of the Year award. Bond-Maupin is director of Women's Studies and an associate professor of criminal justice at New Mexico State University. (NMSU photo by Ben La Marca)

Bond-Maupin and 20 other women who earned the same honor will be recognized at an awards banquet May 4 at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.

Mary Molina Mescall, executive director of the commission, said 126 nominations - a record number - were submitted this year. Seven judges from around the state, appointed by Gov. Bill Richardson and working independently of one another, evaluated the nominations and ranked their top 20 finalists. Mescall's staff tabulated the results to name the finalists. This year, 21 women won the award because of a tie, Mescall said.

"It is gratifying to have one's work appreciated," Bond-Maupin said. "I value anything that we do as a public show of support of women's contributions to our state and communities. Specifically, in my case, the award represents recognition of collaborative work I have engaged in at NMSU and beyond. The recognition of collaborative work is a very important aspect of the award because I am a partner with many others in everything that has been accomplished. I value collective work for change and have had the opportunity to work with so many creative and beautiful young people and with visionary adults in our community and state. The fact that two of the women whose work I most admire, Dr. Christine Eber and Ms. Maria Stops, wrote such heartfelt letters of nomination adds to the significance of the award for me."

In 2005, Bond-Maupin organized the first J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium at NMSU around the theme of Justice for Youth. She was recently appointed to serve on the newly formed New Mexico Juvenile Justice Commission.

In October, Bond-Maupin was named head of NMSU's Women's Studies and she plans to increase enrollment in the program.

"Clearly women's studies is on the rise," she said. "We are experiencing tremendous growth in the number of students served. This is not something for which I can take credit, but it is something I will continue to work with others to support. Our major is relatively new and already students are recognizing what the study of women's experiences and contributions adds to one's academic career and to a full understanding of our sister disciplines in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. One important aspect of our continued growth will be our ability to reintegrate the regular faculty into the women's studies curriculum and to articulate the value of a women's studies degree."

Bond-Maupin received her Ph.D. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University in 1992. She also earned a master's in social work from ASU in 1987. Bond-Maupin taught at Southwest Missouri State University and New Mexico Highlands University before coming to NMSU in 1995. She most often teaches juvenile justice, introduction to criminal justice and research methods. Her research interests include the experiences of young people with the police, courts, jails, and prisons, the connections between structural and interpersonal violence, and a youth development approach to violence prevention. Besides her teaching and research, Bond-Maupin is involved with a community-based group advocating for the ethical treatment of incarcerated juveniles. She is a co-principal investigator and evaluator for a federally-funded violence prevention and after-school program for high school students on the NMSU campus.

Bond-Maupin says the award can help NMSU continue its efforts to educate and improve the lives of citizens in the community and state.

"I think the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women can continue to use the award not only to make the public aware of the activism of women across the state, but also to educate us all about the ongoing issues women in New Mexico face," she said. "We are all in need of a richer understanding of the complexities of women's lives in our state and this award can certainly be a vehicle for getting that information across. The award also serves as a reminder that women are at the center of public life, are to be taken seriously, and will be essential to the future of the state."