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NMSU Students invited to hear motivational speaker celebrate diversity

New Mexico State University Black Programs in collaboration with the Teaching Academy, Chicano Programs and the American Indian Program has announced that motivational speaker Robert "E" Criner will be speaking Thursday, Nov. 12, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Milton Hall Teaching Academy, Room 50.


Robert "E" Criner has been empowering audiences since 1990. What Criner shares with people is not just theory - it is his own personal experience of growing through and overcoming obstacles and challenges. Criner shared some of the aspects he will focus on in his speech "Celebrating Diversity: Building Effective Relationships".

"My goal is to educate, motivate and inspire young people and teach them how to celebrate their differences and work together," Criner said.

Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs, is excited about Criner because he realizes how important it is for a diverse campus such as NMSU to work together.

"These days I see students study and I see how dynamic and open minded they are, Addo-Yobo said, "They're full of great ideas and the students are much more diverse and integrated with one another than in the past, but they just don't work as well together as they should."

Addo-Yobo explained that despite NMSU's diverse student body, when we communicate, we don't have real conversations about important issues in the country. One of the important issues is that the student body is letting those differences between them create rifts based on race and background.

Criner's speech is not only geared toward helping students in the classroom but will also help future employees when they enter the work world.

"The fundamentals I am speaking about are the future," Criner said. "I have worked with corporations training their employees and all of the employees that are successful are the ones that understand the techniques of working together."

For more information, contact Addo-Yobo at (575) 646-4208 or festus@nmsu.edu.