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Good IDEAs get awarded for several NMSU programs

The New Mexico State University Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost awarded $133,000 in grants last month to 16 various campus programs for their plans on expanding student involvement.

Representatives from each program prepared and submitted proposals explaining how to increase inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) at NMSU. These proposals promote projects that further the recruitment and retention of an increasingly diverse academic workforce and student body on the Las Cruces campus.

"This was a successful call for proposals and we were able to provide funding for a wealth of worthy projects," said Wendy K. Wilkins, executive vice president and provost. "My thanks to the groups and individuals who submitted proposals, as well as to the members of the review committee who gave of their time to read submissions and make recommendations to me on the best use of funds. We look forward to making the RFP for IDEA Grants an annual tradition."

The IDEA Grant Review Committee reviewed proposals, and recommendations were made to the provost. Committee members included representatives from the Diversity Council, the Faculty Senate, the Employee Council and the Associated Students of NMSU. Money for the grants was awarded from the Minority Recruitment and Retention Fund.

The following grants have been awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year:

?Black History Month Speaker, to Festus Addo-Yobo

?Research, Pedagogy, and Other Institutional Practices: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue on Diversity in Higher Education, to Vickie Aldrich, Azadeh Osanloo, Julie Steinkopf Rice, Monica Torres and Judith Weisinger

?American Indian Student Center, to Justin McHorse

?Native American Students Use Participatory Action Research to Identify Cultural Sources of Strengths to Reinforce Persistence and Reduce Attrition in Higher Education, to Don Pepion

?An Education Program Towards a Sustainable Future in Renewable Bio-Materials, to Delia Valles-Rosales

?Retention Event for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Disciplines at NMSU, to Martha Mitchell, Sonya Cooper, Delia Valles-Rosales, Ricardo Jacquez and Michele Auzenne

?NMSU Gospel Choir, to Bobbie Green

?GLBTQ Initiatives, to Sharna Horn

?Heather Fleming visit, Indian Resource Development, to Joe Graham

?MESA Student NMSU Conference, to Monica Blea

?Leveraging Technology and Best Practices in an Effort to Practice Diversity in Online Courses, to Sharon Lalla

These grants were awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year:

?Hispanic Heritage Month Retention Event for Fall 2011, to Laura Gutierrez Spencer

?Freshman Ambassador Program, Chicano Programs, to Laura Gutierrez Spencer

?Lecture Series: Why Does Diversity Matter? to Dulcinea Lara, Marisol Ruiz, Anita Hernandez and Antonio Lara

?NMSU College of Engineering and Division of Student Success Mentoring & Academic Support for Integrated Learning Communities, to Ricardo Jacquez, Michele Auzenne and Terry Cook

?2011 Leadership Summit, to Mari Tellez

For more information on the IDEA grants at NMSU, visit http://wwweb.nmsu.edu/provost/2011/03/i-d-e-a-grants/ or contact Melody Munson-McGee at 575-646-3572 or melody@nmsu.edu