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Current Issue: July 7, 2003
Volume 38, Number 23


Montoya to serve as SHRI interim director

UNM Vice Provost for Research Terry L. Yates has announced the appointment of Margaret M. Montoya, UNM professor of law, as interim director of the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI).

Montoya succeeds Felipe Gonzales who will return to his full-time position as professor in UNM’s Department of Sociology.

UNM will conduct a national search next academic year for a full-time director for SHRI. Montoya will serve in the interim and assist with the search.

She will also coordinate the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) conference to be held in Albuquerque next spring. The conference will draw about 1,500 professors, teachers and students to Albuquerque for a three-day agenda of presentations, speakers and awards.

This summer and early fall, SHRI will collaborate with the UNM School of Law to sponsor a series of meetings with professors, judges, lawyers, academic administrators, public policy makers, alumni/ae and the media to explain the Supreme Court’s decision in the Grutter and Gratz affirmative action cases. Montoya is part of a national coalition of civil rights organizations and activists preparing an immediate response to the decisions.

Montoya is also working with UNM School of Law Dean Suellyn Scarnecchia to have a coordinated public response about the case soon after the opinion is released. She has begun organizing some of the meetings with the Hispanic Bar Association, the Black Lawyers and Indian Bar Associations, as well as key figures in the judicial system.

Montoya is a graduate of the Harvard University Law School. She joined the UNM School of Law faculty full-time in 1992. Before that, she was an adjunct and visiting assistant professor in the law school, and special assistant to former UNM President Gerald May on affirmative action and diversity.

Gonzales headed SHRI for seven years. He generated funding and secured resources for a variety of interdisciplinary research and educational outreach projects. Among them was sponsorship in 2000 of the New Mexico portion of El Río, one of the Smithsonian Institution’s primary public programs in Washington, D.C., and featuring folklife of the culture region along the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo River basin. In 2001, the institute organized Tradition and Destiny, a symposium which reviewed the current status of Hispanic land grants.